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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