DIY Fabric Lampshade

Filed under Be Creative DIY Projects on Feb 08 13 by

I purchased a turquoise blue lamp from Target, but I couldn’t seem to find a lampshade that really suited my tastes. White lampshades create a nice glow, but I couldn’t stand to use just plain white, so I added my own touch with some lace and ribbon. This DIY project only took an hour to complete, and I ended up with a perfectly customized lampshade.


  • Lampshade
  • Fabric (any kind—I used lace)
  • 1 1/2 inch wide ribbon
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Binder clips


Step 1: Cut the fabric into a rectangle that will fit around the lampshade, but make it about an inch taller than the shade (you should be able to fold a half inch of fabric over both top and bottom). Glue or staple the fabric around the lampshade. I used staples since lace is pretty hard to glue, but glue will work best for most fabrics.

Tip: For extra dimension, you can also gather the fabric around the lampshade as you go—just make sure to start with a longer piece of fabric!

Step 2: Generously coat the backside of your ribbon in glue and fold around the edge of the lampshade. Use binder clips to hold the ribbon in place as you go. When you get to the end, cut the ribbon, leaving enough to fold it under and leave a clean end.

Tip: Make sure that in folding the ribbon, you place the exact center along the edge of the lamp. If you fold it closer to one side or the other, you’ll be able to tell once your lamp is turned on that it isn’t even.

Step 3: Allow the glue to dry on the first ribbon. Then, remove the clips, flip the lampshade over, and repeat step 2.

Step 4: Voila! You have a super-cute, customized lampshade.

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