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DIY No Sew Lamp Shade

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I hope all the mothers out there had a happy Mother's Day! I sure did. We celebrated with a nice cook out in our backyard. The weather was just beautiful!

I am so excited to be joining the monthly No-Sew group. I love to sew, but sometimes it's nice to go No-Sew!

A few years ago, I purchased a brass lamp at a thrift store which was the perfect size for the porch. I spray painted it white and  used an inexpensive big box store lamp shade with intentions of dressing it up. Fast forward and that lamp shade now looks nasty. It wasn't intended for outdoor use. Now, I'm finally doing something about it. Here is my DIY No-Sew Lamp Shade with outdoor fabric.

 

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No sew lamp shade with outdoor fabric is a simple way to add home decor to your covered porch by Our Southern Home #nosew

 

Yucky shade! 

 

No sew lamp shade with outdoor fabric is a simple way to add home decor to your covered porch by Our Southern Home #nosew

 

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw this photo where I removed the old fabric from the frame. 

 

No sew lamp shade with outdoor fabric is a simple way to add home decor to your covered porch by Our Southern Home #nosew

 

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I purchased this partial bolt of outdoor cheetah print fabric dirt cheap on eBay a few years back. I've used for many projects. I cut strips 1 inch wide and 35 inches long. While you can simply measure with a ruler, draw a chalk line and cut with scissors; it is much faster to use a self healing cutting mat, clear ruler  and cut it with a circular blade along the edge of the clear ruler. Makes the job oh so fast! By the way my new fabric scissors pictured above are fantastic!!!

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No sew lamp shade with outdoor fabric is a simple way to add home decor to your covered porch by Our Southern Home #nosew

 

Do you notice the green yarn? This shade just had 2 round hoops….no supports going vertically that connect the 2. So when I ripped the shade off, I was left with 2 circles not connected. With the top hoop connected to the top of the lamp, I used the yarn to hold the bottom hoop in place. I adjusted the yarn until it formed the perfect lamp shape. Now I can loop my fabric strips over the 2 hoops and tie off at the bottom. Once I had all the fabric in place. I removed the green yarn and discarded. 

 

No sew lamp shade with outdoor fabric is a simple way to add home decor to your covered porch by Our Southern Home #nosew

 

If you notice in the previous picture, the tassels were much longer. I went along the edge and trimmed them a bit shorter. Nothing is perfect here. It is meant to look relaxed. 

 

No sew lamp shade with outdoor fabric and a thrift store lamp tutorial by Our Southern Home #nosew

 

It is now on this painted buffet table on the screened porch. I love that it is fun, simple and unique. You could easily change this up with the seasons. It would be a fun shade in a teen bedroom as well.

 

No sew lamp shade with outdoor fabric is a simple way to add home decor to your covered porch by Our Southern Home #nosew

 

The olive bucket holds driftwood from our trips to the beach.

 

No sew lamp shade with outdoor fabric is a simple way to add home decor to your covered porch by Our Southern Home #nosew

 

I wish my hot pink peonies bloomed all summer. They are always such a short-lived treat.

 

No sew lamp shade with outdoor fabric is a simple way to add home decor to your covered porch by Our Southern Home #nosew

 

No sew lamp shade with outdoor fabric is a simple way to add home decor to your covered porch by Our Southern Home #nosew

 

The lamp shade is such an inexpensive way to add color to your outdoor room.

 

No sew lamp shade with outdoor fabric is a simple way to add home decor to your covered porch by Our Southern Home #nosew

 

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11 Comments

  1. OH this turned out beautifully – I have one half done – same technique – but using drop cloths – so happy to see one finished!!!

  2. This is totally cute, Christy! I love the fabric that you chose and it looks great on your porch. I bet it will be easy to change if the fabric becomes dirty again. Great project!

  3. Just brilliant, my friend. This is one of the best ways to upcycle and old shade I have ever seen. I would never have thought about using outdoor fabric. I am so happy you are now part of our No Sew Group. xxoo, Barb

  4. What a fabulous NO-Sew project Christy! I love the sassy choice of fabrics and how easy it was to make a really chic lampshade! This is on my must try list!!!
    I’m so glad you joined us for No-Sew Showcase! You are a wonderful addition. Happy Mother’s Day!!!

  5. This is just too cute for words, Christy! I never would’ve thought to tear apart an existing lampshade. I’m gonna have to remember that!

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