DIY Burlap Lamp Shade Makeover

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I’m still here!! I’m sorry I’ve neglected my blog the past few weeks. I finished up my spring semester and just needed to unplug for a bit.

We took the most amazing vacation last week, which I will tell you more about in a few days. I’m still going through my pictures.

So….I’m back!! Rested and ready to get back to work!!

I have SO many projects that I want to get done. Some are in process and waiting for me to finish and some I need to get started. I need to make a list, figure up the costs, and PRIORITIZE!

In the meantime, I thought I’d tell you how I upgraded some $5 Target lamp shades. I actually did this project about a year ago, but I love it so much I wanted to show you how I did it. I picked up two of these lamp shades. They were on clearance and one of them had a stain on it. They had two thin black ribbons on the top and the bottom of the shade.

I ripped the ribbons off and wrapped jute around the top and bottom. Then I added the burlap flowers to cover the stain on the shade. There are actually three sets of three flowers on the shade.

Here’s how I made the flowers:

All you need is a bit of burlap, scissors, and a glue gun.

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Cut your fabric into strips about 10-12 inches long and 2-3 inches wide. You only need one strip per flower. Cut out three squares (2×2)…this will be the back of the flowers.

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Take hold of one of the threads in the middle of the strip and begin to gather the fabric..

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I stop about halfway and take a thread from the other end and do the same thing.

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Once you have it completely gathered, take your two strings and tie them together. This will create your flower.

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Then…cut off your extra strings.

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Glue the flower to the square backing and trim any excess fabric.

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Here’s what the back will look like…the top right one has been trimmed so that you can’t see the backing.

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That’s it!! It’s so easy. Now…go find something to glue them to!!

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Here’s a close-up of my lamp shade:

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I love it!! Such an easy and cheap way to refresh a lamp shade.

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I hope you’re having a wonderful week!!

I’ll be back tomorrow with a new bundt cake recipe…yum!!

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  1. Wonderful! What a simple way to create a great flower. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Cute Jennifer, Thank you so much for sharing this on Fabulous Friday at Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust. It is my pleasure to feature you in my Fab Friday Favorites today. Please feel free to take an "I Was Featured" button if you don't already have one. And I hope you'll come back again next Friday.

    Warmly, Michelle

  3. that is just great! love it. I'm working on a makeover of my Mom's house and thought of your post when looking at her old lamps. If she won't get new lamps I may just gussy up the lamp shades with some burlap:)

  4. I think I have several lampshades in my basement that so need some burlap flowers! I would love it if you would share on my linky party – Tout It Tuesday.

  5. Tara@Tales of a Trop says:

    That's a great upgrade on a $5 lamp shade.

  6. I like the flowers, so simple! Also like the neutral color so the lamp could go in other rooms also! Good job!

  7. JaneEllen Jones says:

    Big sigh of relief. Happy for you to have finished spring semester. Love, love the flowers, so easy and quick. THanks for sharing. Have to go cut some strips and get busy. That's the kind of flowers I love to make. What a nice inexpensive way to dress up a shade. I have couple in l/r that are ok but need some embellishments. Have to try this. Enjoy the holiday weekend.

  8. Congrats on finishing your semester!!! So happy for you and I'm glad that you took time to unwind. These flowers are adorable. And they make such a statement on your lampshade. Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  9. Hay, I just love how this looks. What a great idea. I'm now following your lovely blog on Linky . I would love it if you came to visit me @
    Have a wonderful day.


  10. I Love this! Making flowers by pulling one thread, instead of the rosettes that are really popular right now. This is so creative! I'm pinning! And following!

  11. Cuuute!

  12. OMG, that is adorable!

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  13. Hi Jennifer! This is sooo cute! I'm in aahhh! I am gonna try this for sure. Great tutorial, very easy to understand. Thank you. Visiting you from raising homemakers, and a new follower!!

  14. Hi Jennifer! Your burlap flowers are adorable! What a great idea for covering up a flaw or stain on something that you got for a phenomenal price. I never would have figured out that you could make them by pulling a few strings. LOL Glad that your super busy time is slowing down, so you can relax and get back to some of the things you enjoy. Have a great rest of the week and an awesome weekend! ~Mary

    • Hi Mary, Thank you! I love to work with burlap. You can come up with so many things and it's such a rustic fabric that your projects turn out great even if they aren't perfect! I hope you have an great week, too!!

  15. Hi Jennifer! This lamp shade is amazing! I'm forwarding your blog to a friend who is very crafty with home decorating as well. I'm going to follow you. Thanks for the inspiration!

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