Everyone else was doing it... I was just trying to fit in. It looked like fun, so I thought I would try it.
I re-did my lampshade. What's that you say? You have advice on how to do it the easy and right way? Hold it right there-- I'm completely capable of doing something the wrong way and being happy with it. Read on.
There are literally hundreds of blog posts out there of crafters updating their lampshades and as you can see from the photo, this plain shade was in need of some sparkle.
Oh, and did I mention it was all 50% off? My heart flutters again.
So I went home and went to work... I figured, how hard can it be? Put the trim on, put the fabric on, easy-shmeasy. The trim went on like a dream, thanks to my hot glue gun:
In high school, I got an A in geometry. I feel it's important for you to know this. Ahem. When I started putting the fabric on, I went from top to bottom, gluing all the way around at the top and then gluing at the bottom. As you can see from my first photo, the lampshade is bigger at the bottom than it is at the top. Which would alert any individual that you should probably work from the bottom to the top, since more fabric would be needed at the bottom. I am not any individual. I made it work by overlapping fabric at the back of the lampshade, making the seam a diagonal. You can't tell from the front though, and it turned out fine. I've learned a lesson that I should have learned in high school geometry... better late than never, I suppose. Here's how it turned out:
What's that you say? You say I need to paint the base white now? My, you are a chatty reader today, aren't you? OK, OK, I'll think about it.