Lamp Shade DIY- Part Dos
This second lamp is for my vanity (a project that will be finished soon.) When looking online for inspiration, I found this lamp, that was inspired by this lamp from Anthropologie. I loved it, but burlap wouldn’t go in my new space. On my way to Joann Fabrics while pondering over a different fabric choice, I thought about this lamp from Anthropologie and suddenly couldn’t get it out of my head. I haven’t seen a tutorial on this one, so I was excited and determined to be the first. While you can use any color linen you want, I chose white because it will be on a colorful vanity, in front of a colorful wall. Because it’s linen, it has loads of textural interest that make up for the neutral color. The shade is the 10 inch dome (almost dome, really) from Target for 8 bucks. The base is also from Target and was $19.
Here’s what you need:
Linen (1 yard should be fine)
Scissors, hot glue, rotary cutter (optional), tracing wheel
Step one: Cut a strip of fabric for the flower petals. I cut on strip that started at about 3 inches wide and ended at 5 inches. This way the petals will be varying lengths.
Step two: Using scissors or the rotary cutter, cut petals out of your strip of linen. I cut 37 petals and had the EXACT amount necessary to cover my 10 inch dome lamp.
Step three: Cut a strip that in 2 inches wider than you lamp shade is tall and 5 inches longer than the circumference to be safe. Start at the seam and begin wrapping and gluing the linen to the lamp. Because it isn’t a perfect dome (the shade tappers slightly at the top) the material will want to pull down. I wasn’t very concerned with keeping the linen pattern perfectly vertical, so my pleats are small. The linen is also not perfectly flat.
Step four: Using a sewing machine, sew along the edge of each petal, about 1/3 of inch from the edge.
Step five: Pull the threads on the outer most edge of the petal. The threads at the widest parts can be pulled all the way off. Towards the top and the base of the petal, pull the threads enough to fray the edges and then trim the hanging threads so that they are around the same length.
Step six: Using a tracing wheel, trace along the sew line on each petal before you attach them to the shade. This encourages the petal to curl at the edges.
Step seven: Begin gluing the petals to the shade. I began with a six petal flower, so all the other flowers are based off of that. I would recommend gluing the petals at the center (overlaping) and not gluing them at the sides and tips before you know where you will place the flowers that surround the one you are working on. This was you can overlap easily for a natural effect. Place some flower centers in the middle of the shade and some on or near the top and bottom. This was in some cases you have full flowers and in others your have partial flowers.
Step eight: The Anthropologie lamp does not have centers. I liked the way centers looked on the flowers so I made some of my own. Cut strips that are 1 inch by 3 inches. Fray all the edges. Tie a knot in the center and twist and fold the ends across back of the knot and glue together. Glue to each flower in the center.
I am in LOVE with this lamp and it looks amazing on my almost finished vanity.
Remember to use low energy light bulbs!