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DIY Ruffle Lamp Shade

This is the first of several posts all about Julia’s nursery. My vision for her room developed from the one she had for a few months in Italy. Soft, feminine, vintage, travel, and chic are all words that I wanted to incorporate into her space, and I think I accomplished that. I’m excited to show you what her room looks like, but first I want to show you a few DIY projects I worked on to get it to where it is today.

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I never knew I’d care so much about a silly lamp shade. I mean, it’s a lamp shade, for crying out loud! But there I was, staring at a normal shade to sit on top of my old Eiffel Tower lamp I’ve had for ages, and I knew “normal” just wasn’t going to cut it. So I did what any normal blogger/crafter would do and took to Pinterest.

And then I saw it: my inspiration for her lamp shade.

The blogger answered questions about the project in the comments, but didn’t really give any directions in the post, so I had to wing it. Luckily, it was super easy and didn’t have any sewing involved. I took pictures along the way just in case you want to make something similar. Oh, and you can definitely make this during nap time!

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Supplies needed:
lamp shade
hot glue gun
scissors 
ruffle fabric trim (around 8-10 yards)
flowers (optional)

Directions:
I started at the very top because I was picky about the placement for that particular row of ruffles, but for the second and subsequent layers, I started at the bottom and worked
my way up. It was easier that way so I wouldn’t have to mess with
holding a ruffle up each time. The whole process, while slightly tedious, was very easy and
went by pretty quickly.

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I wrapped the trim around the shade where I wanted it to go, and cut it just where the ends overlapped each other. Then I got hot glued the top of the trim to the lamp shade. I only used a few inches of glue at a time and pressed it into the fabric of the shade, rotating it as I went along. Then I just repeated that technique for each layer until the plain lamp shade evolved into pretty, flowing layers.

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The seams weren’t always even, but that was okay with me. I just trimmed them when I finished and I make sure the seams face the wall.

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To pull the whole look together, I hot glued some flowers (they had stickers on the back from the scrapbook section at Hobby Lobby), onto the lamp shade.

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And, that’s it! It was seriously easy and I’m still totally smitten with how it turned out. I’m trying to figure out where I need another ruffle lamp shade around the house so I can make more!

*Linking up with Skip to my Lou, Monday Funday, and My Craftily Ever After

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14 Comments

  1. Absolutely beautiful!! I've been looking for a lampshade just like this for our daughter's nursery, but now I am realizing how easy it is to make it!! Thank you so much for the tutorial! 🙂

  2. I should have did mine this way. A couple of years ago, I wanted to make a copy of an Anthropologie lamp and it used burlap. It was frustrating, and I gave up. I might do this if I redecorate. Cute!

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