Repurpose: Makeover Your Shades
We all have those lampshades – basic, solid-coloured cylinders that may or may not be fading from over-exposure to light. Giving it a makeover is easy… and if you get creative, tons of fun.
Easy & Colourful
Material – fabric
Select a new fabric. Measure the circumference of the lampshade and cut the appropriate length of cloth. Use super-adhesive spray to bind the cloth to the shade.
Material – dye
Either fill a bowl with dye and soak the shade until it is the desired colour; or use a powdered dye (mixed with water) and paint it on. You control how strong the colour is by how diluted you make the mix.
Soft & Feminine
Material – lace
Find a style (or a few styles) you like and cut lengths the circumference of the shade. Attach each strip with the adhesive spray. Either layer the lace for a frilled look or paste it the full height of the shade.
Material – plastic or cloth flowers
Cover the shade in these flowers for a textured, dynamic look.
Unique & Over-The-Top
The shade is your canvas; here are a few ideas to inspire you.
Material – black cloth & a hole punch
Pick an image – a world map or someone’s portrait – and sketch it on the “inside” of the cloth. Punch holes along the lines of the sketch. Bind the cloth to the shade for a Light Bright-esque masterpiece.
Material – self-adhesive silver foil
Make the inside of the shade shine with silver foil. Purchase self-adhesive foil (available at most craft stores), measure a length to match the inside of the shade and stick it on.
Material – ribbon
Use several different lengths, colours and textures of ribbons and wrap them around the shade securely for an interesting and eclectic look.