How to create a beautiful, fabric DIY flower lampshade…
Lampshades are typically a must. But often, they are sorely lacking in personality, am I right?
Well, check out our version that is anything but devoid of fun! Here’s how you can create your own glam, DIY flower lampshade(s), like I did in our guest bedroom, once upon a time…
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There’s a lot to look at in what I’d call our glam modern farmhouse guest room, so these guys often don’t get much attention, but I love them.
Creating these floral lampshades is not a difficult DIY project, and I’m going to show you how you can make your own.
Why patience? Mostly because those shades can definitely take time. Like h-o-u-r-s (around 3 per shade) to make, but in terms of difficulty, they are not hard to make AT ALL.
You just have to embrace the monotony of cutting out hundreds of fabric circles.
Here’s a video overview of the process…
DIY Flower Lampshade Video Tutorial:
How To Make a DIY Flower Lampshade:
1. BUY A CIRCLE CUTTING TOOL.
Do not pass go without purchasing a circle cutting tool. Or go ahead, and try this with your scissors, but don’t say I didn’t warn you 😉
I bought the OLFA rotary cutter. Will run you about $14-16. There’s even a YouTube video (actually a page of them) on how to use it. Watch one before you start your circles.
2. BUY YOUR FABRIC AND CUT (And cut. And keep cutting):
As far as fabric goes, that’s obviously a matter of taste, but keep in mind, this is going on a lampshade, and the purpose of a lamp, of course, is to let in light, so very light and sheer fabrics work best.
If the material you choose is also inexpensive, buy a little more yardage just to be on the safe side.
Now, decide on the size of your circles. My flowers are made of six circles each, the largest diameter being 6″ (the largest my circle cutter will make), and the smallest being approx. 1″ in diameter.
3. ASSEMBLE YOUR FABRIC FLOWERS.
After you’ve made a sizable stack of your circles start assembling them. For me, this step involved a lot of hot glue burns. If you come up with a better way, FANTASTIC.
I’m too lazy to take precautions (which is why I have no nerve endings left in my hands).
Stack your set of circles, largest on the bottom, smallest on top.
Grab the stack from the center of the bottom circle by pinching the whole set of circles together (this material is NOT what I used for the project, just using this for illustrative purposes).
Now dab some hot glue here and there, between the layers, staying toward the centermost area. Hold that pinch until the glue starts to set a bit (only about 5-8 seconds).
Release, and voila! You have a flower. Don’t get too excited here because you now have to repeat that step about a thousand times.
4. GLUE FLOWERS TO LAMPSHADE.
Again, be miserly with your hot glue because globs of hot glue can show through the shade if you’re not careful.
I glued just the very center of the flowers, plus, if there were areas where the outermost layers of the flower were “flopping” in a way I didn’t like, I would put a teeny, tiny amount on the edges to hold those in place on the shade as well.
On my DIY lampshade, I ended up with 10-11 flowers per “row”, and three rows (top to bottom) total, per shade.
This will vary, depending on size/shape of your shade. Play with how dense you make the flowers, as that will definitely change the look of your end result.
5. ENJOY the “light” at the end of a long, but worthwhile DIY project tunnel!
I still think a DIY lampshade like this one adds some beautiful texture, depth and interest to this space. Hope you’re inspired to try your hand at this project too! And if you make your own DIY flower lampshade, let me know how it turns out!
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