Hi guys! I know that sometimes we find things that are perfect for a space….but maybe they need a little tweaking. These lamps are a perfect example….I bought them for $5 each awhile back at a yard sale. They didn’t have shades…which is fine because most times the shades are in bad condition anyway. I found 2 shades that would fit great at Target…but they were plain white…boring..:) I was on the hunt to make them a bit more special. Here is what I came up with ….



First, take your shade and make a pattern with some craft paper…or even wrapping paper works great. The pattern will ensure you make your fabric the perfect size…














When you have your pattern cut…lay the paper on the wrong size of the fabric…making sure it is the correct direction (top and down) on your fabric. Mine fabric pattern didn’t matter because it was just an all over paisley pattern…DSC_0007

Pin down your pattern to the fabric and cut out with pinking shears (makes for a nice finished seam)DSC_0011


“Dry fit” your fabric making sure you cut it right….I don’t doubt that you did…just sayin…it’s easier to fix without glue on the whole thing and all ;) With craft glue, place a line of glue on the seam and adhere your fabric ….then lay the shade down and glue (a little as you go) rolling fabric onto shade. I also used spray adhesive on the shade as I rolled the fabric onto it. Be sure to remain in the center of your fabric…Finish by gluing the other seam down where you started.



Leave it to me to think of yet one more fabulous use for an empty wine bottle :) This was a proud moment for me…;)

And empty wine bottle can support your shade as you turn and glue it…also makes a great little holder for your glue to remain upside down ….I know…I’ll wait for the applause to end….you’re too kind…(lol)





I think a fabric covered lamp shade really makes the whole piece look custom…and not something you found at a thrift shop or garage sale. It’s so easy…try it for yourself!




Sharing at Tattertots and Jello and Be Different Act Normal, Tip Junkie

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes...all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha's Circle of trusted bloggers.

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  1. Love the tut. This looks do-able and is something I have been wanting to try. Like your version ;) Thanks for sharing!! Shannon

    1. You are so gracious…thanks so much for your kind words! You are one of my biggest supporters and I thank you for that :) Happy Friday friend!

  2. Gorgeous. Love your fabric choice and super tutorial. Hugs, marty

  3. This turned out so beautiful. Thanks for the post

  4. Very pretty!

    Love for you to share this at my Wednesday’s “Made by ME” linky party here:

  5. I like the clear, easy instructions, for this project. I love the outcome. And I ADORE the picture of the lampshade on the lamp, including the dust.. You are my hero!!

    1. its not dust…the lamp is two colors of blue, light and dark.

  6. Crystal (chaoticlilshadow)

    I’ve been wondering for an eternity it seems if this was doable, thanks for the post! I’m gonna have to give this a try!

  7. LOVE this. However I see in your pictures that you have adhesive spray, but I don’t see anywhere you mentioning spraying anything with the adhesive. You only talk about actually glueing down the fabric. So…. did you also use the spray? I was just thinking of using the spray and no glue…. Your instructions are the only smart, easy, instructions. Please let me know, I’m ready to resurface these now! But don’t know about the adhesive glue spray from your pictures, thanks

    1. I would also like to know about the Tacky Spray Glue.
      Your instructions are very detailed! and easy to follow – almost fool-proof.
      Thank you for the intricate tips!!!!

  8. Your instructions made my project easier than I expected! Step by step details are much needed for me! Thank you!

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  11. Your easy instructions and pictures encouraged me to make a pair of lamp shades for my master bedroom. They turned out better than I could have hoped they would! I wanted to let you and your readers know that if they have access to a JoAnn Fabric store they carry lamp shades that make this project even easier; hard to believe but yet true! Their lamp shades have a paper template that comes off like a post-it so you can cut your fabric and the shade it tacky so can position the fabric and reposition it without any harm to the fabric or shade before you glue. I love my custom lamp shades!

  12. I am having trouble getting the pattern cut. How did you start? I have a lampshade that is a tapered drum and I am stumped as to how to get the patter even.

  13. Love the lampshade cover instructions but was wondering the same thing about the adhesive spray. Could you please elaborate on that part. I can’t wait to try this! Thanks. Debbie

  14. Super cute! Did you use cotton fabric or home decor weight?

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