Scrappy Lampshade from Vintage Sheets


Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy made a sweet little hanging lamp for her daughters’ room using strips of scrap fabrics. I am soooo tired of my bedside lamps and thought I’d try her idea.  I have a pair of buffet lamps that we use on either side of our bed, and I’m just sick of the gold, beaded shades.  This starts with a lampshade frame, so …


Ripping apart ugly lampshades is good for the soul.  Try it, you’ll see!

Then take scrappy little strips of fabrics and tie them around the bare metal framework.


I used vintage sheets and ripped strips about an inch wide.  Ripping rather than cutting gives the ragged, stringy look I was going for.  I tied the strips over each spine and tried to leave the ends on the outside of the shade, so they’d be away from the heat of the bulb.  I trimmed up any long strings inside the shade too, just in case.

Keep going until you’ve covered the shade.  More or less, it’s up to you.

Scrappy Lampshade

The question is, do I like it?

Scrappy Lampshade

Scrappy Lampshade

Hmmm.  I think what I really need is a more substantial table lamp.  But for a free makeover?  Oh yeah, it’ll do!

2 thoughts on “Scrappy Lampshade from Vintage Sheets

    • Lindsey, I LOVED the lamp you made for your girls! The light patterns on the walls and ceiling were almost as beautiful as all the happy colors. Thank you!!

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