Fabric Flower Lampshade

This lovely lady is a favorite of mine.

I’ve had her for a couple of years now but I’m guessing she’s in her early 40′s. She’s a big gal standing 42″ tall with a 19″ shade. When I found her at an estate sale (for a whopping $2) she was a bit on the pale & sickly side but we soon warmed her up with new fabric and a lovely coat of paint. 

Of course, her early life was not documented properly so no before pictures remain. But her white shade was in very good shape trimmed with gold braid and her base was ivory painted with gold trim.

After removing the gold braid I gave her shade a new look with a taupe linen.

What she needed next was a touch of the unexpected.

This was accomplished by adding a scattering of layered linen flowers.

Each layered flower was made from three sizes of fabric flowers cut from the same linen as the shade. The flowers are cut in 7″, 6″ and 5″ diameters. I achieved the dimensional appearance by pinching the center of each layer as I hot glued them together. Beware – burned and scorched fingertips are likely with this project. 

The flowers were then hot glued in place.

The edges were purposely left raw and even roughed up a bit to fray them more.

The lamp base color is the result of several layers and colors of paint (because I couldn’t make up my mind) including black, metallic silver and metallic titanium.

Even though my sweet little lamp friend has only worn her current style for a couple of years, she’s been hinting that she’s ready for a new look. Not a total makeover, mind you. Maybe just a fresh touch for her shade.

I’m always game for a makeover but looking at my schedule it’s not going to be happening in the near future. Until the time comes, I think she looks lovely just the way she is! And I’m happy to have her as part of my master bedroom!

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24 Responses to Fabric Flower Lampshade

  1. Nana Diana says:

    What a gorgeous, gorgeous shade. I would smile everytime I looked at it. xo Diana

  2. I LOVE it, Sonya! I keep thinking about adding a burlap flower to a couple of my lamp shades. One is in the home office, but since that is really my hubby’s space I don’t think he’d appreciate it. : )

  3. Teri says:

    Do you have tutorial on how to put the new fabric on the shade? Did you just use spray adhesive? I have a lamp that has had a base make over and I’ve been searching for a updated shade. If I could put fabric on the current one (and the lovely fabric flowers) I think i’d have a home run.

    Thanks in advance for any tips on putting new fabric on the shade.

  4. Sonia says:

    What a lovely lady she is…great find for an awesome price!
    Miss Bloomers

  5. Oh love it….how whimsical and fun…love it

  6. Shenita says:

    Sonya, this is such a cute post…it made me smile! What a beautiful lamp…you did a great job!

  7. Sonya, I love it. Haven’t commented in a while, but I have been following your inspiration and appreciate every bit of it! This lamp shade post comes at a great time for me, too. Love that you left the flower petal edges raw, very nice! And the whole paint mix because you can’t make up your mind? SO ME. hahaha Are you having fun getting ready for Christmas?? xoxo

  8. Martina says:

    She’s a beauty Sonya!

  9. Melanie says:

    I love when an update changes the whole look- perfect!

  10. Stacy says:

    Here’s an idea…I’ll take her just like she is and you can work on a new one for your bedroom. :) I love, love, this lamp!

  11. Lisa says:

    Gorgeous! I love the transformation! That’s for sharing the how-to with us.:)

  12. Oh my goodness have you set my wheels turning! My mom inherited a giant lamp like that when her 93 year old aunt passed away last year. I think I see a transformation in her future!

  13. Cynthia says:

    This is so beautiful, you do fabulouw work. I love the lamp base too.

    Cynthia

  14. Oh I love her and I don’t think her shade needs anything done to it….love it lie it is. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

    Blessings,
    Linda

  15. jeanie says:

    I LOVE it..I would not do a thing to her!

  16. Jill Flory says:

    VERY cute! Love it!

  17. Just beautiful Sonya…and I received my burlap tree skirt and it is so fabulous!!….will be showcasing it once I decorate the tree!!!

  18. courtney says:

    I think I should steal her when I’m home. Her and my stinkin’ couch!!

  19. Vanessa says:

    The flowers are so lovely Sonya and it looks beautiful! And I get burned and scorched fingers with every hot glue gun project so I completely relate! :-)
    Vanessa

  20. Anita says:

    It’s gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. Truly beautiful Sonya. I love it, and i am going to try to do this sometime. So you made the shade as well? I’m guessing so, since the fabric appears to be the same. Any tips on that?

  21. Meg says:

    Sonya, these are so beautiful! I love them, they make the lamp!

  22. Stephanie says:

    LOVE this lamp shade! So funny how when I think of a makeover I think paint and when you think of a makeover you think fabric! : ) I need to get better with using fabrics!

  23. Pat says:

    Love it! The fabric flowers are so unique. I absolutely love the lamp base ~ paint jobs included! Looks like a perfect color now.

    xo
    Pat

  24. Cindy says:

    Beautiful Sonya, you are so creative!!!!