Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Rosette Flower Lamp Shade DIY

This is the second lamp shade for my living room. I didn't want to do both shades with the full ruffles, because I felt like it would be too much for the small room. Also, this lamp is a bit shorter than the other lamp, and I didn't want to overwhelm it. At the same time, I wanted the lamp shades to look coherent in the home decor design.

This lamp is a hand-me-down from my sister. I love the shabby chic ivory finish.

You can see the first shade in the background (along with my helper, Bandit!) This is the same bell-style as the first lamp. The best part . . . I already had the lamp shade, the fabric, and the glue sticks .  . . so the only "cost" was my time.
You will need:
  • Lamp shade
  • Scissors
  • Fabric (cotton or accetate - something that frays)
  • hot glue
  • hot glue gun

I used an acetate "lining" fabric. 

Because I wanted it to have the frayed look, I snipped the first inch, and then ripped the rest down. You'll have a ton of strings to take off both sides before you can start applying it to the lamp. I cut each strip approximately 2.5".

Start by applying a dollop of hot glue in the center of the panel. (Pardon Jake's paws in the background. He was curious, briefly, then he left to chew on a squeaky toy for the next half hour.)

I started by gluing the piece down, fold the piece in half, and glue in the center to hold it in place that way.

Then you begin to wrap the fabric around the center (glued down) piece, and then glue as you go. This will take a lot of glue!

Keep gluing and wrapping until you get your first circuit made of the center. You should be slightly overlapping the fabric with the fabric in the center as you glue. You don't want to be able to see lampshade through the fabric.

Once you finish the first time around the center, you will need to start twisting the remaining fabric, and get looser with the wrap. If you find it is wider on one side than another . . . just cut the fabric, and go in and add more to the other side by tucking the edge of the fabric under the existing layer where it starts and ends.

Just a brief mention of my helper . . . who also found the whole thing boring, and did not help at all. Just saying.

Just keep twisting and gluing until you have a large, roughly centered flower.

Glue the tail end under the existing fabric.

Then move on . . . and keep adding new roses to each panel. (If you use a different shaped lampshade,  I would suggest doing four flowers (North, South, East, and West) and then fill in between as needed.

Wen you are done, it looks something like you have four white buns on your lampshade.

Next, I freehand cut rough leave shapes from the same fabric. Don't sress about perfect shapes and sizes. First, leaves are not all the same shape and size. I cut each one out individually because I didn't want cookie cutter leaves.

Next, glue the leaves on, tucking them slightly under the edge of the rosette.

Till you get something like this.

Keep adding leaves around each flower. I did groups of three, and I tried to vary the spot for each flower. Some flowers got two sets of leaves, and some only one. You are just filling space, and making the eye see the flowers more as flowers, and less as Princess Leah's hair.

I guess I could have shown an angle with more leaves, but clearly I didn't think of that at the time.
Et voila!

See this project at:

Somewhat Simple

Saved by Suzy



It's Overflowing

Manic Mother


  1. Cool'. Wish I'd come down this week for few days while Paul is gone. Next time! Or before!

    1. I wish so, too! My door is always open for you!

  2. What a cute idea!!! I have some old frames that I have been holding on to looking for ideas!
    I'm your newest GFC follower

  3. I love finding a new great blog to the lamp! Stop by anytime, and please follow back, so we can keep in touch. Lori

  4. Gotta love an over the top lampshade! You did a wonderful job with the flowers :)

    Visiting from It's OverFlowing linky party
    ~Smiles, Suzanne from WhyCuzICan in NW Illinois

  5. This is so adorable! I'm hosting a favorite things linky party and would love it if you stop by and post something!

  6. I love this tutorial! Perfect for my family room! I would absolutely love it if you would link this project up to our "impossibility" party. Here's the link:

    Thanks for the inspiration!


    1. Thank you, Karianne. I'll pop over to your party now. I already subscribe to your blog!

  7. Thank you Tera Leigh.....that lampshade made the perfect addition to the party!


  8. I love it and I'm now following you! Well done!

  9. This is a fabulous, what a great tutorial! Well Done!! Thanks for linking up to my 365 Challenge!!

  10. So Cute!! I love it!! Thanks so much for linking up...Lisa Leonard Designs giveaway just started on my blog!! Stop by if you haven't entered yet...

    XO, Aimee

    1. Thanks, Amy! I subscribe, so I'm sure it is sitting in my inbox!

  11. SO great, I love those rosettes. Awesome tutorial!!

    Thanks so much for linking up to the challenge!

  12. Visiting from Cowgirl Up- what a great idea! I love the vintage feel. And your 'helper' is pretty cute too :)
    Thanks for sharing!
    :) Samantha

  13. This is so cute! I will definitely be putting this on my "Must Craft" list. Thanks for sharing! Saw you on the Cowgirl Up link party.

  14. Very cute. I love the shade. I love your helper more! New follower from Cedar Hill Ranch.

  15. Lovely and luscious! Thanks for linking up at Cowgirl Up! Hope to see you next week!

  16. Lovely shades and I love your couch also. I made a barrell shaped lamp shade similar to this. Only I covered the entire things in small white silk rose buds. I was just looking at it earlier and wished the picture had came out better. Its so blurry I can't even use it for posting. But it has inspired me to recreate it again for my present livingroom as I need all new lamp shades now! Seeing yours just made me even more sure its the right decision. Thanks for sharing and also for following my blog. Our taste is somewhat similar, did you notice the pic of my victorian couch on my Old Projects page? : )


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