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Square lampshade redo

In my quest to finish my little man’s big boy room, I decided to add a few more projects to the list.  One was a new lamp that was more fitting with the rest of the room.  This idea started when I saw this lamp shade at a thrift store for $3 and a recollection of the 20,000  tutorials to recover a lampshade. Interestingly I never found a tutorial for a square lampshade, so here’s my stab at it!

While I pulled some ideas from a few of them, I followed the tutorial from shanty 2 chic the most.

I started by cutting down a seam and then carefully removing the outside layer of fabric (Keep the liner on). Try to keep the fabric all in one piece as that will be your template for your new fabric.  Good thing I read the tutorial before attempting this, because I’m totally that girl who just rips everything apart and then tries to figure it out later.  You’ll end up with just the lampshade skeleton

Because my lampshade was square, and my fabric didn’t have much give to it.  I ended up cutting 4 pieces and sewing the edges together.  This was different from all the other tutorials I had seen. I added 1/2″ of extra fabric all around my previous fabric template before cutting it out. Then just ran a stitch connecting all 4 sides. I trimmed the excess fabric off about a 1/4″ from the seam to make it less bulky and allow it to look more smooth.

Place the new fabric over your lampshade skeleton. (sorry for the bad lighting.  Some project are done best at midnight!)

I used my cameo to add an acrylic barn red-painted stencil of the number “10” to coordinate with my little man’s decor and vintage car theme. I was afraid that it would have been too hard to paint this once the fabric was on the lampshade, so I chose to do it before.  I don’t know if I would bother doing it that way again.

I placed the new lampshade over the skeleton.  Using E-6000 and clothespins I stretched the fabric, glued with e-6000 and held in place with clothespins.  Oh I should mention that I cut all the corners at a diagonal (essentially cutting the bottom corner off) to make the fold over and gluing much easier and again to make sure it laid smoothly on the lamp shade.  I clipped the top of one side with clothespins to hold it in place, then glued and clipped the bottom.  I did each side then waited a few minutes before moving to the next side.  I did all 4 sides on the bottom of the lamp shade before tackling the top.

To finish it off I added my own DIY bias tape to the top and bottom of the shade using excess fabric cut into strips long enough to wrap around the bottom and top of your shade.  Fold over a side and iron, then fold over the other side iron.  Wrap around the bottom of the shade and use e-6000 to glue on.

This little project inspired me to make my own lamp, and night stand too.  Stay tuned, you might even see little man’s vintage care themed bedroom reveal yet this summer?!

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Words of Inspiration {Handmade Gift}

This time of year it’s easy to get sucked into the commotion of the holiday season.  Elaborate gifts, an abundance of decorations throughout the house, a food spread fit for a king….all in all it always seems like there is an abundance of stuff.  For me it’s helpful to have inspiration reminders to focus my energy.  Hence the inspiration for this project.

I’m participating in a handmade gift exchange thanks to Linda at Craftaholics Anonymous.  My gift exchange partner happens to have a little lust for the written word, Yellow and blue make her happy, and is drawn to the word Simplify…hence the inspiration for this project.  I too tend to believe in SIMPLIFY your life, your stuff, your calendar and often this time of year need to be reminded of that “more doesn’t equal better.”

Supplies needed- although a change of plans on the buttons, added some paint and fabric to really throw a loop into the plan.


(yes these are foam stamps from 2002)

To start I painted some modge podge onto a blank 8×10 canvas.  Ripped up book pages and randomly placing them to cover the canvas and painting a layer of modge podge ove the top to smooth out the surface, and avoid curling of pages.

Repeat 17 or 29 times until your canvas is covered to your liking, and then maybe a few more times to cover any mistakes.  I used paint and foam stamps for my lettering, purely because I wasn’t in the mood for clean lines and vinyl. So hello paint- colorful, affordable and ready to use when I need you!

I smudged a few other colors of paint to add some dimension, and some fabric scraps for character and give it a little more festive appeal.  Punched a fancy button through the fabric and adhered it all to the canvas with a little heart-throb of mine…E-6000.

“Simplify-ed Word art is a nice gift to offer some inspiration words to friends family, maybe even a new idea from the monotonous teacher gifts…all within $10.

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EZ wall art {Baby room}

Expecting the arrival of our first child, I wanted to create some wall art above the crib that was unique, simple and neutral as we awaiting a surprise (meaning we didn’t find out the gender). Initially I wanted the words “DREAM Big” but I couldn’t quite find the perfect layout for my idea so I just created “dream” collage.

Supplies: 6 foot piece of 1×8 lumber, acrylic paint of selected colors, large chipboard letters, 12×12 piece of patterned paper, foam brush, modge podge and a few dabs of E-6000 adhesive.

Sorry for the lack of pictures, I neglected to capture the process of creating this project.

1. First my handy hubby call the 1×8 into 9 square pieces (8×8).  And sanded down the rough edges.  I followed up with several layers of brown acrylic paint.  Let dry for a couple of hours, while you are waiting move onto step 2 & 3
2. Cut your 12×12 patterned paper into 6×6 pieces (you should get 4 equal sized pieces) set aside.
3.  Paint your chipboard with your choice of color.  I used a foam brush to make sure to get all the edges and nooks. May need a second coat.
4.  On your DRY painted boards, choose 4 boards and spread a medium layer of modge podge to the front face of the board.
5.  Place 6×6 patterned paper on top of the modge podge board, add a thin layer of modge podge over the paper and hold for several seconds to adhere into place.  The paper can tend to lift and roll if you don’t old into place.  We used binder clips to the edges to help secure the paper while drying. If all else fails and pin dot of E-6000 tot eh corners and edge to keep paper secured
6.  With a light color acrylic paint, paint random brush strokes on the remaining 5 pieces of wood.  Make sure the brush strokes provide a big enough background for the chip board letters.
7.  Take the DRY chip board letters and apply a small amount of E-6000 adhesive to the back and adhere to the painted boards.
8.  The husband routed special nail holes into the wood to hand, but attaching a sawtooth hanger or stapling string/wire to the back would work too.
9. Have some assistance in hanging, the spacing and alignment can be tricky when working solo 🙂
10. Stand back, enjoy your work then proceed with nesting by frantically figuring out what else HAS TO be done before the big arrival…. Can you relate?

Linking up to:
Home Stories from AtoZ
Not Just a Housewife
Sugar Bee Crafts
Domestically Speaking
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Sugar & Dots
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