Decorating lampshades

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Anyone here ever decorate old lamp shades? I bought a new lamp but the shade that came with it is pretty cheap looking.

I thought I could cover it with some fabric and perk it up.

Any ideas?

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https://sites.google.com/site/clevercovers/purchase-online

These things are much much better than they look online.  We had a store in town that sold them.  They had a design that exactly matched my Waverly blue and cream comforter.  Even when the lamp shade underneath broke they are still strong enough to use by themselves.

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Beautiful shades!  I have sent them on to someone I know who makes beautiful wooden objects in the hopes that it might inspire him to make lamps too!

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ukmaineiac wrote:

https://sites.google.com/site/clevercovers/purchase-online

These things are much much better than they look online.  We had a store in town that sold them.  They had a design that exactly matched my Waverly blue and cream comforter.  Even when the lamp shade underneath broke they are still strong enough to use by themselves.

I LOVED your lamp shades!

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I have covered lampshades with fabric, have stenciled on them, added braided trim to edges...all sorts of things. I assume it is a flat shade and not one with pleating.

Here are a ton of ideasSmiling

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Not pleated. I found Pinterest last night. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Did you use spray fabric glue to put the fabric on the shade? That seems to be how everyone says to do it. I have a couple of broken shades I can practice on.

I think the hardest part will be cutting the fabric correctly.

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Madeleine wrote:

Not pleated. I found Pinterest last night. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Pintrest is addicting!!! I've been looking at murals for my dining room walls. I get sucked into that site for hours.

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Yes spray adhesive. I think I cut fabric on the bias for one I did so it would stretch well. But another one I just sew'd the fabric stretched i over the shade, turned under and glued at the bottom.

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Stick a doily on it. Smiling

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I just found a lamp shade done exactly that way!

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Funny stuff........  Actually had the same problem, bought the lamp ,handed the shade back to the clerk & found a new appropriate shade for the lamp.

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