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
- 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.
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