How to Make a Ribbon-Covered Lampshadecomments (11) May 17th, 2013
Who says lampshades can't be high impact? The one in our photo is similar to those you'd find at high-end retail furniture stores. To make it yourself, all you need is a lampshade with straight sides and gorgeous silk ribbon.
Step 1: Measure and layout ribbons
Measure the height of the lampshade. Purchase widths of ribbon to fit, so when stacked, the ribbon widths equal your lampshade's height. For example, this shade measures 6-3/4 inches, so we need the widths of the ribbon to add up to 6-3/4 inches. It's best to lay out your ribbon rows on paper or to tape them on the lampshade so you can experiment with the order of the colors. Measure the circumference of the lampshade, and cut your ribbon slightly longer for overlap. Cut the ends on a slant.
Step 2: Glue the ribbons
Glue the ribbons to the shade one row at a time. Place a small drop of glue on one ribbon end, and press it to the lampshade seam. Wrap the ribbon smoothly around the shade, and glue down the other end. Lap and affix it slightly over the first end.
Photos by: Sloan Howard
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