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?!
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.
The day I created my Ballard Knock off-Jute-glassware, I was on a roll and couldn’t resist the urge to Jute something else. Just so happens a plain glass bowl was within reach after my recent goodwill trip. Add a tube of E-6000 and some Jute string and we have the makings of Love of Jute project number 2, just seconds later!
As you can see it is simply a simple glass bowl. I started by smothering som E-6000 around the bottom of the bowl leaving an uncovered space so the bowl would set evenly on the table. Then I simply began wrapping the jute string around and around keeping it as close as possible to the previous row. The key is to keep some tension, but not too much. As I wrapped the string, I came behind with my other hand and smoothed over th already layered string to avoid weird bumps and ensure that the string had enough adhesive.
Keep repeating the steps above until the bowl is completely covered. I used one long continuous string, and just tucked the end under a previous row so it didn’t fray or stick out. When I completed the bowl I rubbed my hands over the entire bowl to smooth out any rough spots and to help ensure that the adhesive was working. It’s importantly to let the adhesive dry for a full 24 hours to ensure the best results. I kept the bowl upside down while drying.
(Night shot when I do all my crafting)
(Day shot when te lightning is better)
Then add some fun newsprint fruit from Michael’s (In the clearance section at 90% off, can you believe I got these fruit for 9 cents each)? And complete your table setting with an Ikea carousel, Salt & Pepper shakers, softened spreadable butter dish, some common family spices in fun mason jar shakers (we keep Lawry’s Seasoned Salt & Cinnamon & Sugar in our family favorites) some fun colorful napkins to accent the other colors in your dining room, and a fun doily to match the shape of your table to bring everything together.