5 Minute Lamp Shade Makeover

A couple months ago I purchased this little navy (actually almost like a denim) lamp and shade for our great room. It went on a little side table between our couch and one of the chairs. I loved the color, but it was just… normal. So over the weekend I decided to give it a bit of glam.

great room navy lamp shadeAnd of course almost every crafting project begins with burlap.
Luckily I had a roll in my craft room waiting for me.

burlap lamp shade accentI hot glued a strip around the lamp shade. I didn’t hot glue the top and bottom all the way around since I didn’t want the burlap to tug too much. Just a spot here and there did the trick.

burlap accent on lamp shadeNow to add a little pizzazz. I have a collection of embellishment flowers. Like a BIG collection. For some reason I’m just drawn to them, probably since I know the flowers can easily be added to anything… like a vase or a monogrammed hair bow holder

accent flower embellishmentsFor this project I chose a gold glittery sunflower since my great room has lots of pops of gold. A bunch of hot glue did the trick to hold it in place. And don’t judge my hot glue gun. It gets used… a lot. Can you tell?

updating a lamp shade on the cheapSo here we are, 5 minutes later. With a transformed lamp shade.

updated crafty lamp shade

lamp shade makeoverAnd you can barely see the burlap seam on the back of the lamp shade.

lamp shade make over

burlap lamp shade makeover

easy lamp shade makeover 





    • says

      Do not cut the final cut on the burlap until you have glued almost all the way around. Then you want to line up and trim with a small pair of scissors so you have more control. Then use hot glue to adhere the entire way down the seam, but only glue with little dots (an entire line will show through the burlap and is often hard to work with). Also if you glue along the lamp shade seam it’s a lot easier to hide the imperfections! Hope that helps ;)

  1. says

    I love your ideas, we are revamping our house and I have found so many amazing ideas on your site as well as on Pinterest, I am hooked on both. Thank you so much for not only saving me time but money as well.

    South Africa

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