Continuing my new home decoration, I’ve finally done something I’ve always wanted to try, and made my own fabric-covered lampshade. As the owner of not one but two Årstid lamps (beautiful, but just the tiniest bit boring), I’ve been thinking about recovering the shades or spray-painting them for a while, but as usual, never got round to it. the lampstands are really nice, and the silver pull chain is pretty retro, so I thought this would be a good chance to use the scrap of vintagey-looking fabric I’ve had in my stash for around a year now,
It’s Atomic by Michael Miller, I absolutely love it’s 60’s retro vibe, and I saw this post about someone using it to cover a table (adding resin on top to give it shine and protect it), and that really inspired me. Although it’s way out of my league to cover a whole table, mine is a low-key version.
I got a make-your-own lampshade kit from Cloth Head, seeing as it was the first time I’ve attempted such a thing and I needed a bit of a helping hand getting started.
It was so super easy!
The kit consists of two wire rings which will form the top and bottom of your lampshade, plus a wide, sticky vinyl panel, a finishing tool and plenty of sticky tap to help you get a professional look.
I was pretty wary, because I don’t read instructions and I usually mess things up by diving straight in, but the sheet had lots of pictures for each step, and seemed to be written with even children in mind, so I was okay following along!!
It was pretty simple. Cut a strip of fabric, stick it to the plastic background, and peel off the edges. Next, cover the wire circles in tape and roll them along the edge of the fabric, forming the top and bottom rings. Using the tool, poke the excess fabric under the rim to give it the rolled edge finish.
And that’s it! In a little over half an hour I had created a lovely lampshade – and how does it look?
Pretty darn cute?
I really like the way the rolled hem makes it look a little bit more professional, and gives it a nice finish. I’ve heard it’s pretty simple to recover a shade without buying a kit and just by using the original rings, but I’m not sure about how I would form the main part of the shade and make sure it’s sturdy (and safe) enough.
Still, it’s definitely something I want to try more of, it’s so lovely to have fabrics that inspire you on display in your home instead of hidden in a drawer!
What do you think?