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