These DIY pleated lampshades were a totally unexpected project that I randomly took on at 4 PM yesterday. My friend Marynn over at Wildflower Home Blog came up with such an easy tutorial to make DIY pleated lampshades. There is no sewing involved, and all you need is a glue gun, 1-2 meters of fabric and a chunk of time.
- 1-2 Yards of Fabric
- Hot Glue Gun
- Elastic band for top and bottom
1. Wrap your fabric 4 times around your lampshade; this will be how much fabric you need. Once you've established the length of your fabric, then cut it.
2. Cut your fabric so it's only 1" longer than your lampshade. You will trim off the extra fabric at the very end, but it's nice to have extra fabric just if you are working with a tapered lampshade. Glue the fabric to the edge of the lampshade, and now it's time to start your first pleat.
3. Start by making your first pleat. You want to place your glue on the very inside edge of the pleat and push it down, so it sticks to the lampshade. Once that has dried, move to the bottom part of the pleat and do the same.
4. Once you're done, trim off all the excess material on the top and bottom so it's flush with the lampshade edge.
5. To create a "finished" look, I used two stretchy elastic pieces and wrapped them in the material. Glue it on the edge of the lampshade - and you're done!
The beauty of this DIY pleated lampshade tutorial is if you make a mistake, you can start over as hot glue can be peeled off! Take your time and have fun!
I bought linen and cotton material for this project, and I found cotton worked really well.
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If you click on the above how-to, it will give you step-by-step directions on making these easy DIY pleated lampshades. It’s a straightforward afternoon craft, and if you’re anything like me and very craft-challenged, you will still be able to knock these out of the park.
I originally purchased a linen fabric and a cotton fabric, and I didn’t feel confident that the linen would be easy to work with, so I opted to use this cotton material.
For a quick breakdown of items I used for this DIY pleated lampshade tutorial, click the images below.
If you want to make the mirror below the sconce, here’s the tutorial to make my DIY Anthropologie Gleaming Primrose Mirror.
If you look closely, you can definitely see what lampshade was my favourite. The first lampshade I was about to throw in the towel, and then the second lampshade went much faster and turned out much better.
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