Anthropologie has some of my favorite lamp shades. However, starting at $90 for just the shade I cannot justify spending that kind of money on one.
I decided to redo a couple of lampshades for my younger daughters room that are similar in style to my favorites at Anthropologie using items I had on hand. I already had two lamps with white shades. They felt a little flat & I wanted to add some texture. The first one is a ruffled, shabby chic version.
These are iPhone pics, sorry for the quality. To make this lampshade I used an old ruffled shirt I found in my daughters closet that she no longer wears. It was small and stretchy and perfect for this project. I slipped the shirt right over the existing shade until it was arranged just where I wanted it. I then cut off the top part of the shirt while leaving about an extra 1/2-1 in of material to fold over the top of the shade. Using my hot glue gun, I just folded the excess material over the top of the shade and glued it in place. Simple.
The next one I decided to make was originally going to be my version on the Anthro lamp with the rosettes. I had some gauze-y fabric already on hand.
So I googled how to make fabric rosettes and got to work. After about 45 minutes & I still only had a handful of rosettes I realized this was just going to take too long. I do not have a lot of spare time, or patience, so I decided I would have to go another route.
So I took my strips of fabric and tried just tying it around the shade to see what it would look like.
Next I knotted the tie again, and tucked the leftover fabric under the strip that is wrapped around the lamp. Then added a second strip directly under the first.
I continued this all the way down the shade, staggering the knots so each wasn’t directly under the previous. I found that triple knotting the ties will produce bigger knots, as will using wider strips of fabric. Here are the finished lamps in my daughter’s room.
This project cost me $0 because I used only stuff I already had around the house. I like the ruffled one better, my daughter likes the other one best. Which one is your favorite?