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Guest Project — Anthropologie-inspired Ruffled Burlap Lamp!

15 Feb

Hi, I’m Terra from mama says sew.  
I’m really excited to be here today. When Jen asked me to share the tutorial for this lamp with her readers, I said “Of course!”  The lamp shade is, after all, her amazing idea.

This is what I’m going to show you how to make today.  Jen showed me a picture of a lampshade from Anthropologie, and after thinking about it for almost a day, I came up with a way to recreate it using burlap.

This was the inspiration:
 In case you don’t already have a lamp base, head out to the thrift store and grab one.  All you need is a can of spray paint to transform it into something fabulous.  I used Krylon blue ocean breeze gloss.
Now on to the lampshade.  All you need is the shade, some burlap, and a glue gun.  I used about 1 1/2 yards of burlap and probably 10 or so gluesticks, but what you use will depend on how big your lampshade is and how “ruffly” you want your shade.
First, cover the shade in a layer of burlap.  I cut a piece big enough to go all the way around the shade and fold over about an inch to the inside on the top and bottom.  I didn’t want glue leaking through the burlap on the outside, so I only glued on the inside along the top and bottom of the lamp shade.  Pull the burlap taut as you go.
 Now you need to cut the rest of your burlap in strips. Cut them double the width you want your ruffles to be, and about 1.5 times as long as your shade is tall. Fold them in half and press.
Now you’re ready to glue the ruffles to the shade.  Put several inches of glue on the fold of your burlap and glue it onto the lamp in a squiggly line.
This is the strip I’m gluing right now.  It’s straight where I haven’t yet glued it, and bent where it has already been glued to the shade.
As you go, don’t make the burlap ruffle all the same way to add interest.  You’ll end up with gaps, which you can fill as shown below:
The arrow is pointing to the gap.
And now the gap has been filled with a ruffle of burlap.
Here’s a close-up of the finished shade. 
Now your lampshade has gone from blah to beautiful!
Thanks for having me, Jen! 
And thanks for the fabulous idea!
 Thanks Terra!! 
I adore that lamp!! 
Terra and I were partners for Crafting With The Stars. 
She is so talented and I am thrilled to spotlight her! 
{aren’t these Ruffle Flower Leggings incredible?}
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{I love this Quilted Tote}
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{You must check out her Decoupaged Bench!}
Be sure to visit Terra at mama says sew!!!
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And speaking of Crafting with The Stars, be sure to go over and vote for your favorite today!! 
xoxo
PS — a really fun giveaway is coming up this afternoon! And a few winners 🙂

Lamp Makeover: from Dull to Darling in 30 minutes!

11 Feb

Turn your lamp from dull to darling in 30 minutes flat!

Here’s my little Walmart lamp I bought to lighten up my desk area in my kitchen.

It’s cute, if kind of boring. 
But I knew I could do something fun to brighten her up!

  • First, I got three pieces of paper and taped them together lengthwise.
  • Then I made an outline of the lampshade by tracing the outline with a pencil.
  • I rolled the lampshade across the paper while tracing the outline.
  • Then I cut out the outline to make a template — I added about an inch to the top and the bottom of the outline.
  • Then I traced the outline on some fabric that matched my kitchen. I wrapped the fabric around the lampshade so it matched up with an extra inch on the top and an inch on the bottom.
  • Now, you can use spray adhesive, but I used a glue gun. I turned the seam down on the fabric that would show. Then I wrapped it tight around the lampshade and glued the two sides of the fabric together – pulling as tight as I could. I went down the seam pulling tightly as possible. There might still be a couple of ripples in the fabric, these will go away when you attach the fabrc to the top of the lampshade and the bottom of the lampshade. So do that now.
  • Run a line of glue around the top inside of the lampshade and attach the material. It might be helpful for you to cut a few vertical lines in the fabric so it will lay flat. Do the same thing to the bottom.
  • To cover up the glued edge on the top and bottom I covered it up with some cute ribbon. I turned the shade upside down and glued the ribbon down.
  • Then I made the embellishemnt. I cut out a large burlap circle. Then I glued the edges under. Then I cut out a circle of the coordinating fabric that is a litle smaller than the puffy circle. Then I also cut out another circle of burlap.
  • I glued it onto the lamp and added a vintage button to the middle.
  • The last thing I did was add some ribbon to the base of the lamp. To get it to lay flat I made small cuts half way through the ribbon after each circle. Then I glued down the bottom of the ribbon first and put a dot on each part of the ribbon than was cut.
  • And you are done! Now you have a one-of-a-kind lamp!

 

 I made this project in honor of my friend Carrie’s 500th post last year. I had a few people that have emailed me trying to find it, so I thought it would be a good idea to post it over here in my archives.

 Thanks for coming by!

Is it snowing where you are? It just started here.
XOXO

Lamp Makeover: from Dull to Darling in 30 minutes!

11 Feb

Turn your lamp from dull to darling in 30 minutes flat!

Here’s my little Walmart lamp I bought to lighten up my desk area in my kitchen.

It’s cute, if kind of boring. 
But I knew I could do something fun to brighten her up!

  • First, I got three pieces of paper and taped them together lengthwise.
  • Then I made an outline of the lampshade by tracing the outline with a pencil.
  • I rolled the lampshade across the paper while tracing the outline.
  • Then I cut out the outline to make a template — I added about an inch to the top and the bottom of the outline.
  • Then I traced the outline on some fabric that matched my kitchen. I wrapped the fabric around the lampshade so it matched up with an extra inch on the top and an inch on the bottom.
  • Now, you can use spray adhesive, but I used a glue gun. I turned the seam down on the fabric that would show. Then I wrapped it tight around the lampshade and glued the two sides of the fabric together – pulling as tight as I could. I went down the seam pulling tightly as possible. There might still be a couple of ripples in the fabric, these will go away when you attach the fabrc to the top of the lampshade and the bottom of the lampshade. So do that now.
  • Run a line of glue around the top inside of the lampshade and attach the material. It might be helpful for you to cut a few vertical lines in the fabric so it will lay flat. Do the same thing to the bottom.
  • To cover up the glued edge on the top and bottom I covered it up with some cute ribbon. I turned the shade upside down and glued the ribbon down.
  • Then I made the embellishemnt. I cut out a large burlap circle. Then I glued the edges under. Then I cut out a circle of the coordinating fabric that is a litle smaller than the puffy circle. Then I also cut out another circle of burlap.
  • I glued it onto the lamp and added a vintage button to the middle.
  • The last thing I did was add some ribbon to the base of the lamp. To get it to lay flat I made small cuts half way through the ribbon after each circle. Then I glued down the bottom of the ribbon first and put a dot on each part of the ribbon than was cut.
  • And you are done! Now you have a one-of-a-kind lamp!

 

 I made this project in honor of my friend Carrie’s 500th post last year. I had a few people that have emailed me trying to find it, so I thought it would be a good idea to post it over here in my archives.

 Thanks for coming by!

Is it snowing where you are? It just started here.
XOXO