Friday, August 17, 2012

Easy, No Sewing Machine, No Glue Gun Burlap Ruffle Lamp Shade

I have never been a lamp girl.  I don't know why, I guess I was just in dark - ha ha.  I have been really impressed by the shades I have seen around blog land, and, I just had to try one.   

I got this lamp at my favorite thrift store when things were 1/2 off (I just love those days).  The lampshade I got, was the wrong size, so, I traded it with my standing lamp in the living room.  I still think it is a little large and I will trade it out when I find a smaller one. 

I used burlap garland from Michael's and twine.

Just like I did for my burlap chair cushion, I ran a bead of glue at each end of the burlap so it wouldn't unravel.  I measured the twine to fit the shade with a little left over to tie.  I tied it to one end of the garland.  I measured 2 1/2 times around the shade for the burlap.

I found a big needle and threaded my twine.

Ran the needle right down the middle to make a ruffle.

This is great part.  I just tied it off.  No gluing or permanent damage to my shade.

The shade is still too big, but, I can always adjust my ruffle to fit a smaller shade or just take it off.

I really like it and hopefully it will encourage me to find a smaller shade.

I think I have finally seen the light.

Have a great weekend.



  1. Quick, easy and stylish fix to a dull lamp shade. Great idea! Bonus: it is cute looking.

  2. I'm such a sucker for burlap! This turned out great!

    Thanks for linking up with us at the CHQ Blog Hop last week! We're so glad you joined us and hope you found some fun new blogs to follow!

  3. Love burlap! Great idea. Thanks for linking up at Take it on Tuesday!

  4. This is just adorable! I love how you paired them with the candles wrapped in burlap too. Burlap is all over blogland, and I just can't get enough of it. Thanks for sharing (found you on Clean & Scentsible)

  5. OMGosh, this is so cute!! Love it!
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  6. This lampshade decor looks good, and we'd love to feature it on as a how-to. Interested? Feel free to email me at for more info.

  7. So fun and pretty! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

  8. Hi, Rhonda

    I love this idea, I will have to try this out too.


  9. I am in love with burlap right now. Have 2 lamps I want to decorate up with it...thanks for sharing!

  10. Rhonda! This is so unique! LOVE IT!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  11. It looks so nice and easy to make but it
    would block the light from the lamp.

  12. nice one, try it soon!


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