How to Cover a Lamp Shade

Learning how to cover a lamp shade is easy, especially when you purchase a self-adhesive lamp shade from the craft store!

I have a lamp that sits on my back screened-in porch.  The shade had seen better days. I wanted to have a fun fall decorating project, and changing out the lamp shade was a cheap decorating idea, that added some fun and whimsy.

This project cost me under $10! My kind of decorating!

I purchased this shade from the craft store. It was tall and lean, something I wish I was.

The outside cover of the lamp shade is the pattern you will use to cut your fabric.

I chose a fun gray and white chevron pattern. Lay the paper over your fabric, and outline it with a pen or pencil.

After I cut out the fabric, I trimmed 1/4 of an inch off the top and bottom to allow the lamp shade to show a little.  More on that in a minute.

When you peel the darker paper from the lamp shade, this is the adhesive part.  I recommend not peeling all of the paper off at once, but rather a section at a time.

Now you are ready to place your fabric onto the lamp shade. Start with a little section at a time, and smooth out the fabric as you go along.

When you have covered all the way around the shade, you can either line the edges of the fabric together, or fold under like is pictured above.  Either way works great.

Because I am decorating for fall with the shade, orange trim seemed perfect.

Add the trim with hot glue. Just make the glue lines very thin so they don't spill out past the trim.

I left some shade showing in order to paint a darker color under the trim. The color is called "soft black".

Once you have finished painting around the trim, carefully paint the inside seam of both the top and bottom of the shade.

How cute is that? This project took me under an hour, and under $10!

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