Ruffled Lamp Shade Makeover

Happy Tuesday, Crafters! As I mentioned yesterday, I’m in the middle of decorating my sitting room. {check out my burlap curtains!} And today I’m showing off my floor lamp makeover that turned out really awesome!

Lamp Makeover

diy lamp shadeIsn’t it cute? Well, check out the before pic.

floor lampIt was a generic floor lamp with a blah lamp shade. After a little spray paint and luscious green ruffles, this adorable lamp has some serious character! I really like the base in black. I think it shows off the twist better. {plus it ties in nicely with another piece in the room being black and all twisty….can i create more suspense for you? haha i’m really excited about this room!}

DIY Lampshade

ruffle lamp shadeAdding ruffles to the lampshade was a breeze thanks to my favorite ruffler foot {love that thing! i use it all the time}

Supplies: fabric {I used 1 yard of 104″ wide fabric}, hot glue gun, ruffler foot {optional, but recommended}, iron or bias tape maker, scissors or rotary cutter.

  1. sewing rufflesCut your fabric into 4 inch strips by the width of your fabric and 1 strip to 2″ wide. I used only 8 strips, because my fabric was 108″ wide. If your fabric is narrower, you’ll need more yardage and more strips.
  2. Fold each strip in half {i did not iron because i didn’t want a crease at the bottom of the ruffles.} and sew with your ruffler foot.
  3. I set my ruffler on the 6 stitches to 1 ruffle setting represented with a “6”.
  4. lampshade makeoverStarting at the bottom of the lamp shade, hot glue the ruffles on. When one ruffle strip runs out, fold over the edge of the next strip and continue gluing on the ruffles until you reach the top of the shade.
  5. Using an iron or a bias tape maker {another fun crafting gadget i like to play with} and fold over the 2 long sides to meet in the middle so that the strip is 1″ wide.
  6. Hot glue the 2″ strip {or bias tape} around the top to conceal the raw edges of the ruffles. When you get around the shade, fold over the end and glue in place.

ruffled lampshadeI love it!

happy crafting, linda

Have you given a lamp shade a makeover? What did you use to give your lampshade a new look?

Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When I'm not DIYing something, I can be found taxiing around our 4 crazy kids or working out. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 1

    ohhh completely darling. and so daring with that green and it WORKS SO GOOD! xo

  2. 2

    I love this! Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

  3. 3
    Sasha Job

    I have a ruffler foot (in fact, I returned the first and got another) … but I’ve had no luck with it! it will work one time and then just won’t work. I think the second one did the same thing as the first (it’s been a while, and now I have a new sewing machine too) where it would just keep popping off and I couldn’t figure out why?! maybe you should do a tutorial on ruffle feet – lol! btw – love the lampshade!

    1. 3.1

      Hi Sasha,
      I totally understand! My first ruffler didn’t work well with my machine either. I actually did write a post about Ruffler feet and how to use them: Most generic ruffler feet are technically “compatible” with your machine, but they don’t work very well. My suggest is to try a different generic brand ruffler or if your sewing machine’s brand makes a name brand ruffler, buy that one. Hope that helps a little!
      happy crafting,

  4. 4

    This is adorable!

  5. 5

    I just re-did a couple bedside lamps I got a few years ago on Black Friday. I spray painted them black, covered the shades in burlap, and then added a silhouette design on the outside with a “G” in the middle (basically what they did on their Silhouette blog a couple weeks/months?? back!). I actually used card stock instead of fabric because that’s what I had and I always get compliments! I love them and they really bring everything together in the room!

    1. 5.1

      I love burlap lampshades! I’ll bet they look great, Kerry! Thanks for stopping by!
      happy crafting,

  6. 7

    MUCH better!

  7. 8
    Katie Epperson

    WOW! What a before and after! You really breathed life into that lamp! I’m thoroughly impressed! I just recently became a fan, and I have NO regrets! All of your projects are just simply beautiful!

    How long do you think it took you from start to finish to complete the lampshade?

    1. 8.1

      Thank you, Katie!! Its great to meet you! Thank you for the kinds words. Means a lot! It took about an hour to complete the ruffled lamp shade. {thanks to my ruffle foot!} I’m so glad you stopped by and said hi!
      happy crafting,

  8. 9
    Julie Bowden


    1. 9.1

      Thank, Julie! Hope you’re enjoying the nice long weekend :) It was great to see you this week!

  9. 10

    Your lamp turned out so cute! I think I kneed a ruffler foot. :) I love that green color. I can’t wait to see the rest of your room.

  10. 11

    Thank you SO much for this tutorial!! My son has thrown one too many balls at our lampshade and it looks terrible! I think this will help tremendously!!

    1. 11.1

      I totally understand! I have 2 little boys myself :) Hope you can use this tutorial!
      happy crafting,

  11. 12
    Ruth James

    I am loving redoing lampshades. I buy really old, ratty shades at taggies for 25-50 cents. I find the structure of the old shades are much better made. Then I strip off all the old smelly stuff and redo to match the decor…………..unique and so much fun!!!!

  12. 13

    This is something I could actually do… with my NEW RUFFLER FOOT I just ordered thanks to your post on those! :)