February 23, 2011

Ruffled Burlap Lamp Tutorial

This was originally done for Crafting With the Stars.  The tutorial was posted on Tatertots and Jello last week, and now I'm reposting it so it will be on my blog too!
This is what I'm going to show you how to make today.  Jen showed me a picture of a lampshade from Anthropologie, and after thinking about it for almost a day, I came up with a way to recreate it using burlap.

This was the inspiration:

 In case you don't already have a lamp base, head out to the thrift store and grab one.  All you need is a can of spray paint to transform it into something fabulous.  I used Krylon blue ocean breeze gloss.

Now on to the lampshade.  All you need is the shade, some burlap, and a glue gun.  I used about 1 1/2 yards of burlap and probably 10 or so gluesticks, but what you use will depend on how big your lampshade is and how "ruffly" you want your shade.

First, cover the shade in a layer of burlap.  I cut a piece big enough to go all the way around the shade and fold over about an inch to the inside on the top and bottom.  I didn't want glue leaking through the burlap on the outside, so I only glued on the inside along the top and bottom of the lamp shade.  Pull the burlap taut as you go.



 Now you need to cut the rest of your burlap in strips. Cut them double the width you want your ruffles to be, and about 1.5 times as long as your shade is tall. Fold them in half and press.



Now you're ready to glue the ruffles to the shade.  Put several inches of glue on the fold of your burlap and glue it onto the lamp in a squiggly line.



This is the strip I'm gluing right now.  It's straight where I haven't yet glued it, and bent where it has already been glued to the shade.



As you go, don't make the burlap ruffle all the same way to add interest.  You'll end up with gaps, which you can fill as shown below:

The arrow is pointing to the gap.


And now the gap has been filled with a ruffle of burlap.



Here's a close-up of the finished shade.



Now your lampshade has gone from blah to beautiful!



22 comments:

Jamie said...

That looks amazing.

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Sachiko said...

Thank you for the tutorial!

Santa Beso by La Donna said...

This is GAHgeous dahling!!! Seriously, this is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing this.

mamax4 said...

I will be heading to the fabric store tomorrow to try my hand at this project. I have been hoarding a couple of drum shades waiting for the right use, and this is IT! Thank you so much for the inspiration :)

Gina said...

What a great tutorial! You've got a new follower!!

Allison said...

Awesome! I love this lamp!! Thanks for the tutorial!

Audrey said...

I LOVE this!! I have been looking for a fun lamp shade for our living room lamp! I think you just solved my problem!!! Thanks!!

slommler said...

So gorgeous!! Well done!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Gloria Fox said...

I'm so going to make one of these! I love it!

A new follower.

Powers Family said...

Here is my version. Thanks for the turorial!
http://thepowers-thatbe.blogspot.com/2011/03/you-light-up-my-life-lamp-makeover.html

Holly said...

I love the finished product! I actually think it looks better than the Anthro version!

persia lou said...

This is so awesome! It's going on my to-make list. (I'm a new follower!)

Kim @ seven thirty three said...

SO of course I've seen your amazing lamp all-over the craft blogs but I never looked at the close-up image to realize that it was actually burlap you made it out of. It is BEAUTIFUL!

Thanks for entering the Knock It Off contest and good luck!

Hurricane said...

What type of glue did you use? I absolutely love the lamp and can't wait to tackle my grandfather's old coffee grinder lamp with this idea! Thanks for sharing!

Terra said...

Hurricane-I just used a glue gun. You could probably use any glue, but make sure it's something that dries fast so you don't mess up burlap ruffles you've already done.

Melissa said...

Oooo, yours is SO much better than the original. Good work!

sofsterfrenchy said...

Where did you find such white burlap? I've been searching for some to do this project and haven't found any. Can you bleach burlap?

Space 46 said...

Gorgeous! Anything with burlap is awesome! Thank you for sharing this at Best of 2011 Made Up and Loved. My

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twoclevergingers said...

Thanks for the great tutorial! I made one with linen and it makes me smile everytime I see it!

Kimberly Bonham said...

New follower. Mentioned you on my blog!