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How to Update a Boring Lampshade
Lamps are commonly overlooked in home design but can make or break a room. Scale, style, and function all play a part in how well a lamp will work in a space.
In fact, changing out a lampshade to better coordinate with your decor is much more cost-effective than buying an entirely new fixture. Whether your room needs a facelift or you're just feeling crafty, these DIY lampshade projects are a great place to start.Continue to 2 of 17 below.
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Incorporate Bold Floral Fabrics
Since lampshades are easy to change out, DIY lampshade projects are a great way to experiment with prints and bold colors. However, keep in mind that this lampshade design works best if you keep the lamp base neutral. Consider painting the base white or black matte to make the lampshade pop.Continue to 3 of 17 below.
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Cast a Lampshade Out of ConcreteContinue to 4 of 17 below.
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Repurpose an Old Sweater Into a LampshadeContinue to 5 of 17 below.
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DIY a Lampshade That Looks Really High-EndContinue to 6 of 17 below.
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Use Hair Dye to Create an Ombre EffectContinue to 7 of 17 below.
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String Some Beads to Create an Elegant ChandelierContinue to 8 of 17 below.
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Wrap a Lampshade With Different Colored Yarn
If you want to attempt this DIY lampshade project, first make sure that you create a cohesive color story with the yarn you want to use. Don't just go into your scrap yarn and pick a bunch of colors at random. The yarn colors should work well with one another and with your existing home decor.Continue to 10 of 17 below.
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Add Handmade Rosettes to Create a Shabby Chic Look
Shabby chic decor is still very popular, but it can be expensive to purchase. The solution? Learn how to make your own faux florals. Get into the zone by mastering rosette making. Once you have the process down, creating enough rosettes to make this lampshade shouldn't be a problem.Continue to 11 of 17 below.
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Use Geometric Shapes to Create a Unique Pendant LightContinue to 12 of 17 below.
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Shape Copper Wire Into Skeleton Light FixturesContinue to 13 of 17 below.
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Stencil on Fish Scales Using Paint
Did you know that you can paint a lampshade? Before you get out your paintbrushes and go to town, think about what you want to paint first. To get the best results, use a stencil and keep the pattern and colors consistent throughout. Take your time and if it doesn't turn out, paint over the shade in gesso and start again.Continue to 14 of 17 below.
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Create a Whimsical Lampshade for a NurseryContinue to 15 of 17 below.
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Master the Dip-Dye Technique to Replicate This Look
The thing about this DIY lampshade is that no two lampshades are going to come out alike, which is part of the beauty of dip-dyed home decor. To complete this project, you only need four supplies: fabric dye, water, a paintbrush, and a large tray. Remember, once the initial dye job is complete, the dye will continue to travel up the lampshade until it's completely dry.Continue to 16 of 17 below.
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Learn How to Fake an Embroidered Lampshade
Anything that is embroidered is not cheap unless you are able to fake it. This DIY lampshade project took inspiration from an embroidered pillow that had two intertwined pieces of cording. To replicate that look, a piece of white cord was hot-glued to linen fabric, then that fabric was glued to the lampshade. It's much easier to lay down the cording on a flat surface than to try to glue it directly to the lampshade.Continue to 17 of 17 below.
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