Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Lampshade Redo

Hi, everyone!  School will be starting soon, so I have devoted some time this week to working on my classroom.  As I was arranging the items I keep on my desk, I noticed my lamp sitting beside my computer.  I looked at it and thought, "This needs to be pittered and glinked!!!"  So I brought the lampshade home with me today and started working on it.  Here's the before:

The first thing I did was paint the lampshade with Gesso.  Gesso is pretty much just a primer.  I thought it would help cover the purses on the fabric.  (Two coats.)  After the Gesso dried, I painted the shade pink.  (Two coats again.)
I loved the color of the lampshade, but when I held it up to the light, those pesky purses were peeking through the paint!!!  I thought about covering the shade with scrapbook paper, but when I held that over the shade in the light, the purses were still visible!  So.....I went to Plan B and painted the shade black.  I figured the purses would be barely visible through the black.  I was right.  I couldn't see them at all.
 While I waited on my paint to dry, I used a border punch I bought at Michael's to punch pages from an old book. When the paint dried, I starting gluing the strips to the shade using Mod Podge.
I covered the lampshade with the strips.  After the glue dried, I covered the shade in another coat of Mod Podge to seal it.
I knew I wanted something to embellish the shade with, so I gathered some ribbon, a needle, and thread and made some ribbon flowers with button centers.  (If you Google how to make ribbon flowers, there are many tutorials.)  The small felt flowers were left over from another project.

After the shade was dry, I used hot glue to attach the flowers.  I also glued rhinestones in the middles of the felt flowers. 

I have a brand-new old lampshade!  Having it to look at will make summer's ending not seem quite so bad....maybe. ;)


  1. Hi,

    My name is Vanessa and I happen to see your comment on my facebook page. I love your work and thank you for sharing your projects. You are very gifted artist.

    Thanks again,

    Vanessa (

  2. It's so pretty! I love that punch you used so much.

  3. Thanks, Amy! I got it with a coupon!!! ;)

  4. Sweet! How inspiring! Love the punch and the flowers!!!


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