I love vintage furniture. I love that it has a history and that someone else loved it before me. How great is it that I can breathe new life into them? One of my most prized possessions is a set of vintage lamps that I inherited from my great-grandmother. The lamp bases are fabulously gold and embellished with cheesy and wonderful designs. They are perfect lamp bases for a little girl’s room, but the lampshades need a fierce update. A feminine and lovely makeover was in order, and I had just the craft: fabric circles used to create a ruffled lampshade!
- fabric in the color you want your lampshade to be (I used about 3 yards of white fabric)
- something circular (about 5″ in diameter) to trace
- fabric scissors
- hot-glue gun and glue sticks
Step 1: Begin by using your circular object and pencil to trace circles on your fabric. My lampshade was pretty large so I made around 150 circles.
Step 2: Next, use the fabric scissors to cut out the circles. Tip: I didn’t actually trace all 150 circles. Instead, I used one circle as a stencil on top of several layers of stacked fabric then cut out several circles from there. This sped things up quite a bit.
Step 3: This is where you bunch your fabric circle up and turn it into a ruffle. Begin by laying the fabric circle in your hand. Pinch the center of the circle with your other hand and flip it over. Then, grab all the edges of the circle and push them up together to create a flower-like ruffle.
Step 4: Take the pinched center of the circle and apply a dab of hot glue right on the fabric. Next, firmly attach the circle to the outside of the lampshade. At first your ruffled circles may look a little funny. But once you add all the ruffles to the lampshade the effect will be amazing, because all the circle ruffles hold each other in an upright and ruffled position. To finish, repeat steps 3 and 4 with all your ruffled circles, spacing them about 1 inch apart on the lampshade.
I LOVE my “new” lamp! It looks like a delicious lampshade made of whipped cream (but in a good way). And I couldn’t believe how quick and easy it was to transform my great-grandmother’s hand-me-down into a modern ruffled lamp that I will love forever.