I’m trying to behave myself and decorate using items that I already have in the house. I’ve been working on emptying out closets and organizing my stash of craft supplies, and came across three random lampshades. I have no memory of purchasing them or seeing them before, but they were sitting nicely with some other long forgotten bits and pieces and I thought they would be the perfect addition to a boring corner of the living room. I raided my fabric and trim stash and created Halloween Inspired Lampshades.
My lampshades had a piece of paper wrapped around them, so it was easy to use that as a template to cut out the right size fabric. Like I said, I’m not sure where they came from, but I suspect they were a craft store find. Any smooth lampshade will be fine for this, and I don’t think the paper template is super important since you’re just wrapping a piece of fabric around it. Anyway, I chose three Halloween/fall inspired fabrics to use. I wanted them to fit the season, but not to be too out there. I cut the fabric to fit each shade.
Using a hot glue gun, I glued the top and bottom of the fabric to the shade by folding to over the edges and gluing on the inside. I then used a variety of trim and glued it to the top and bottom of each shade. This covered up any unevenness and added a bit more depth to the lampshades.
When I had finished my lampshades, I sat them on a trio of candlesticks and stuck a battery operated tea light inside. It gives off a nice flicker when the room is dark.
This was such an easy craft to make:
- Cover the shade in fabric.
- Glue it down.
- Add fun trim.
You could use this technique with old shades that you just don’t like the look of anymore, too. It doesn’t need to be a new shade! The sky’s the limit on creating shades to fit your style. I love how easy it was to make a fun bit of decor with these Halloween Inspired Lampshades!