Monday 15 October 2012

Thrifty Finds and a Tutorial

Now how could I pass these up.

A braided wool Capel rug and a glass lamp with a horrible shade.

My cost..... $5.00. At a Barn Sale....

Happy Dance!!

There are  other lamp choices out there.

But this glass one had potential.

The glass lamps shade looked like this.

I could go shopping for a shade or do the next best thing.... Are you with me.

                       A BURLAP SHADE TUTORIAL
 What you will need:

glue gun
measuring tape/ruler
fabric( I used burlap)

Now lets get started....

First I took apart this shade. Piece by piece.

Then I chose this burlap fabric from my stash. I love this one that I purchased a JoAnnes.
I used the material from the lamp for my template.

Draw around the fabric with a sharpie.

Make sure you also measure the circumference of your shade. I added a few inches to the width just to

 make sure I had enough fabric.

Then I cut out my pattern.

Next I used the piping that goes around the top and bottom of the shade.

Used this as my guide to make the piping.

Cut my fabric 2" by the length of the piping. Turned in the ends and then gave it a good pressing.

I keep my spray bottle filled with water to spray on the burlap. Holds it much better.

Ok, now you are ready to assemble your shade.

Hot glue all around your edges as you are rolling on the fabric to the shade.

Then this is where your clips come in. Clip the edges
Now this became a little tricky. See the gap.  Measure 2x cut once....

That's ok. Just cut out another piece of fabric mine was 2" by the length from top to bottom and add on an inch.

Fold over your edges and give it a good press. Then you are ready to glue this over the gap. Now it looks


Not quite..

Now we add the piping to the top and bottom using the same technique gluing to the shade and using our

clips to secure.

Once all the glue has dried you are ready to place shade on lamp.

Here is how mine turned out.

 A small bird in a nest with its eggs. A spring look sitting on a garden table.

Or how about a fall look.

What about Christmas... Coloured balls, pine cones...ideas are endless.

Thanks for coming by . Be sure to leave me a comment.


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  1. What a great find and what a good job with the shade. I'm impressed.

  2. What great finds! That lamp has so many wonderful possibilites, I can tell you're going to have fun with it. You did a super job on the shade!

  3. That lamp is gorgeous! I love the lampshade you made for it and the glass base is super for decorating. Love it!

  4. What great finds Linda! Your lamp looks awesome!! I have not had much luck with recovering lampshades but your tutorial makes it looks so easy. Maybe I will tackle another one!! Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a wonderful day, Gail

  5. Looks great, Linda! I didn't know you could take the pleated stuff off those shades- now I can take another look at them at the thrift stores. And you got a STEAL on that rug!!!

  6. I'm so jealous over that rug! I've been eyeing those in a local shop for years. Great lamp and shade tut. Lucky girl!

  7. Great buys! I love how the lamp turned out. So cute with the bird and also decorated for fall.

  8. I love these finds. The lamp is great you did a great job with the inside with the bird and that shadei beautiful. I love it!!


  9. I love this! Your lampshade is beautiful. Love the bird nest.

  10. Thank you for sharing, Linda. I like this idea.

  11. Wonderful finds Linda. Just think $5.00 too! The lamp shade is adorable and I love the bird nest.

  12. Linda I love this lamp shade! I've never tried this before, always thought it looked too hard, but you've inspired me. Thanks for sharing.
    Leslie (aka Gwen Moss)

  13. Great find and great shade. Thanks for the tutorial. I may have to try this on one of my old lamps.

  14. Wonderful the shade too!!!

  15. Some really good tips here that make this project easy. Thanks so much!!

  16. Very cute! I saw that fabric at Joann's and loved it too. I am so impressed that you made your lampshade out of it. Beautifully done!


  17. Ok now, that is so clever and what a great tutorial. Love the cloche lamp. Thanks tons for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

  18. Great tutorial!! The shade looks fabulous!!Great price too.


  19. What a great project! There are so many options with that lamp. I love the shade you made too.

  20. That shade is fabulous!!! Talent my girl, talent!

  21. Linda what a great shade makeover! I have a few I want to do but am always too intimidated to try. You make it looks so easy. Thanx for sharing at THT!

  22. Well, I would be doing the happy dance too.....great, great shades...thanks for the great did a fantastic job!

  23. what great finds!
    that shade is gorgeous, great job!!

    love how crafty you are. i wish i were like you!:)

    i am so happy to have found your blog and wish you a great day!:)

  24. i LOVE a good bargain and i would say you sure did snatch it up!!!

    Everyone welcome to enter: ~Plush Velvet Pumpkins Giveaway ~ it’s perfect for this time of year!

  25. This is a great tutorial!!! And your bargain lamp shade (and lamp) looks like a million!!!
    I am so happy to have this post as a reference!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
    What a great post to share at TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS!

  26. Score! I love what you did with the lamp! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo P.S. did you enter my latest giveaway?

  27. Love it so nice !
    xoxo from PARIS

  28. I need to fix my lampshade at my mckinley hill condo and I thanks for this post, you gave me some ideas. :)

  29. Great job in making this lampshade. Thanks for the instructions, I think I need to fix my lampshade at my Manila condo for rent.