Life Love Larson: Ruffled Burlap Lampshade


Monday, May 16, 2011

Ruffled Burlap Lampshade

Most of the projects I complete for my home come from ideas in blogland.  Believe it or not, I don't read that many blogs, but I do love to poke around and find new ideas.  I found this guest post from Mama Says Sew via Tatertots and Jello.  I will always give credit where credit is due!!

This is my finished product:

This is the original lampshade that I already had laying around:

I can't remember exactly how many yards of fabric I used, because I know I had to go back to Hob Lob to get more at one point (you will just have to eyeball).  I covered the entire lampshade with burlap.  I had absolutely no idea what I was doing with this, but I managed to get it looking pretty good.  A little hot glue and tugging and pulling and you will get it right too!

Pretty on the outside, but not so cute on the inside!  I trimmed back what I could, but you can't see it, so don't worry about it!

I then started cutting burlap strips.  Lots of them.  This small lamp shade required a lot of strips.

Then I hot glued the edge of the strip and formed them to look like this. 

Keep gluing and adding more strips to fill in the space.

After several hot glue burns and some patience, I completed it!  I love the finished product, but this one did take a little more time.  It was inexpensive and I love the touch of burlap that is so in right now.  This will be taking up residence in Kate's "big girl" room that I am currently working on transforming.  She has bright pink walls, and I am trying to add some "earthy" elements to tone it down a bit!  More pics to come of her room soon!

What else have you done with burlap-I WANT more!!

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  1. This is truly so creative Andrea. Then to top it off, you painted the base my favorite color!

    Thanks for joining "Meet Me On Monday"

    Take care,

  2. Love it~ I'm such a fan of the burlap look right now!!!

  3. this is awesome. love the idea, it looks really neat.

    new follower!

  4. Love this lampshade recover! I'd love if you joined us over at Sew Woodsy to link up this project!

  5. I have got to make one of these! Thank you for sharing how to make it! I am in the process of decorating our office, and I want to use burlap as the matting to some artwork... one of these would be perfect in there! When I do, is it alright if I link back to your post?

  6. Love burlap and love your lamp. Burlap is so much fun to create with, don't you think? I will have to give this one a try:)
    ~Debra xxx
    Capers of the vintage vixens

  7. Love. It. I can't wait to try this out!

  8. This is brilliant, love it!

    Have a wonderful Friday!

  9. Very pretty - it turned out great!

  10. Love. It. I just saw your post about this yesterday and while blog hopping today, I came across a burlap table runner - way cute...I'm not sure if you wanted to use burlap in any other space...??

    Here is the blog for the burlap table runner:


  11. Who doesn't love burlap? What a great lampshade!!! I love the frills! X

  12. Fun! Burlap and ruffles...two of my favorites!

  13. Burlap is too fun, isn't it? Love how you can dress it up or down. :-) Your lamp looks amazing! Can't wait to see the rest of the room. Thanks for linking up!

  14. Andrea, that is just fabulous! I especially love it when people take burlap and make it looks so elegant. Great job! Thanks so much for sharing it with us this week at Inspiration Friday~

  15. Wow- what a darling shade! So inspired and creative! You did a really wonderful job :) Thanks for sharing this loveliness at FNF! Have a great weekend! :)