A bold red shade jazzes up this otherwise neutral room in a Manhattan bachelor pad by Olasky & Sinsteden.
Custom lampshades sure sound like an enticing idea until you see the price tags, so what about customizing them yourself? Start by picking up a standard lamp shade in the dimensions you need—and yes, we’re talking about those super basic white ones you can buy for just a few bucks on Target or Amazon. Unfussy shapes like drums, tapered drums, cylinders, and squares take very well to sprucing up with a little light DIY action, so your next stop is the craft store you pass every day on the way home from work. A spool of ribbon. A few yards of fabric. Maybe a tub of Mod Podge if you don’t have one lurking in a drawer somewhere. Then find your dream lampshade on Pinterest and make it a reality. Here are seven ideas we’re running with.
Designer and blogger Jenny Komenda recommends using screen printing paint to coat the shade and then sanding it afterward to get rid of any paint strokes.
Same move without the sanding step: Buy powdered dye, add some water, brush it on, and let dry.
Cover It in Jute
Step one: Buy a big ball of jute. Step two: Wrap it tightly around the lampshade until covered; hot glue or tie in a knot to secure.
Cover It in Fabric
Cut the fabric to cover the shade and then break out your trusty bottle of Mod Podge to make it stick.
This can be as easy as hot-gluing ric rac to the top and bottom portions of the lampshade (and if you’re really feeling crafty, cut out a scalloped edge before adding).
Whipstitch the Edges
Using ribbon or even leather cord, stitch around the top and base of the lamp in a looping fashion.
Stitch All Over
Embrace an abstract aesthetic by stitching with thick thread all over the shade—the wackier the better.
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