Thursday, July 26, 2012

DIY LAMP SHADE

  Fancy home decor shops often sell lamps that have a linen shade on them, made of off-white thin fabric, and perhaps some writing in it too. And they cost a fortune.
  I have always loved the look, but never could afford to buy one. Or should I rather say that I always considered the price ridiculous, and left the lamp in the store.

  In our summer cabin, which we bought last year, I found an ugly lamp. It almost ended up in the trash, when I realized that this was my opportunity to try and make a similar shade to it, which I have always drooled after in the shops.

This is what I came up with. The lamp stand is in it´s original state, and I´m quite happy with it.

The fabric is, surprise surprise, a leftover piece I had lying around from an older project. It is relatively thick, and thus doesn´t give as much light throug. But the lamp is merely for decorational purpose, rather than for illuminating the space.

I made a generous bow of the lace, but kept the color subtle and not too romantic. Our cabin is much used by men and boys for their fishing trips, so I want to keep the look suitable for them too.  =)

  The recipe:

a piece of (old/recycled) any fabric
some yarn/lace
an old/ugly lamp
some elastic cord

+ Rip off the old/ugly shade cover material, so that you are left with only the skeleton of the cover. It can be made of metal or plastic, depending on the style and age of the lamp.
  Measure the circumference of the skeleton at the widest part. Double this measure and you have the width. Measure the height of the shade skeleton, add 3-5cm for seam allowances, and you have the height needed for your new shade piece.
  Cut out the correct sized piece of fabric, and sew the short ends together. Turn in the top and lower edges and sew, forming a tunnel for the elastic cord and lace.
  In the upper end, slip the lace through, and tighten to the desired length. Make a nice bow of the leftover hanging ends. In the lower edge, slip in the elastic cord. Place the shade on the lamp and adjust the tightness of the elastic according to the lamp.
  Voil√°! You have a just beautified your home one grade higher!

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