DIY Faux Embroidery Lampshade
This is an easy tutorial showing you how to make a faux embroidery lampshade.
I am so excited about today’s post! I’m part of the Lamps.com 2nd Annual DIY Lampshade challenge!
Lamps.com sent me a plain white lampshade to decorate any way I wanted. For some reason, I knew exactly how I wanted to decorate it!
For some time now, I’ve had an image of a throw pillow that I wanted to try to replicate so I thought I’d give it a whirl on the lampshade and it turned out beautifully!
I’ll show you how I made this intricately designed faux embroidered lampshade!
Can you believe this wasn’t embroidered? First of all, I don’t know how to embroider or even what it entails. I basically just figured out a way to do it with cording and a hot glue gun.
Here is the boring white lampshade. Although, knowing me I love neutral so much I probably would have just lived with this one, ha!
Here’s what you’ll need for this project:
- linen fabric
- scissors or fabric cutter
- hot glue gun
- adhesive fabric spray
- white fancy cording
1. First, measure out your fabric leaving at least 1 inch extra on the top and bottom of your lampshade.
2. I thought I had pinned this image on Pinterest but unfortunately, I did not, I had only printed it. This is the embroidered pillow I was talking about earlier. I figured out that it was actually two lines intertwined together. I followed with my black pen the first line I had to replicate.
3. Using your eyeballs, figure out how to lay this cording on your fabric then hot glue into place. It’s kinda tricky. At first I played around with it and laid it down so I had an idea of where it would go then I glued it down using my hot glue gun.
4. I glued only small sections down at a time.
5. This is the first line done. Now you have to start at the top again and do the same thing but in the opposite direction. Confused yet?
6. Once you have glued both intertwined lines of cording down, you need to put the fabric on the lampshade. First I used an adhesive spray. Spray the lampshade (not the fabric) in sections then wait 20 seconds (takes a bit to get sticky) then lay the fabric down and smooth it out. Make sure to leave an extra inch of fabric on top and bottom.
7. Add a line of hot glue around the edges and smooth down.
8. Once the fabric is all glued into place, cut the overhang fabric in 1 inch strips. Add a dab of hot glue to the lampshade and press a strip into it. Repeat for the top and bottom.
And now you have your amazing DIY faux embroidery lampshade!
I absolutely love how it turned out!
(voting is now over)
Whoa! That is a simple and quick project that I would love to do! Aren’t lampshades fun? They are almost like the new “wreath” with how many ways you can easily change them! 😉
Thanks Ashley! Yes, lampshades are fun. I have so many ideas now 😉
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Great job, Jamie! Thanks for participating! Good luck!
Thanks so much for this great opportunity! It’s been so much fun 😉
This looks amazing, Jamie!! I would have never thought to do anything like this – love it!
Thanks girl, fingers crossed!
Jamie, I love your lampshade! The white just pops against the linen – perfect!
I’m in the contest too and wanted to drop in to tell you how beautiful your lampshade is! xo
Thanks so much, Robin!
What a classy, classic lampshade, Jamie! I’m all about embroidered lampshades! I would love to do this on two lampshades I have in my bedroom! It’s so fun being in this challenge with you! You have such wonderful style!!!
Thanks so much, Yvonne!
So pretty Jamie… love that embroidered look… so clever! I’m thrilled to be in this lampshade challenge with you!
Thanks so much, Maryann!
Gorgeous detailing! Off to vote!
This is really gorgeous, I love how it turned out!
Thanks so much, Stephanie!
Loved the idea. Probably if you had used the iron on fabric before gluing the cording it would had avoid the wrinckles.
Thanks Tania! Okay, what kind of iron on fabric should I have used and would I iron it on the back? Thanks for the tip!
Your lampshade is amazing Jamie! I would never have guessed that you didn’t embroider it! Love how you recreated the look with cording and hot glue! Lovely 🙂
Thanks so much, girl 😉
Love your design! I’m headed over to vote for you now.
Thanks so much, I really appreciate it.
What a great project Jamie! Thanx for sharing at THT.
Thanks Pamela 😉
Absolutely gorgeous. You did a great job. I will be featuring this tonight at my Swing into Spring party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I’ve Been Featured button. Thanks. http://diybydesign.blogspot.com
Thanks so much, Judy! Have a great weekend 😉
So adorable!!! I can’t believe how simple you made this look. I would have never thought to do this and I am definitely trying this out. Thank you for sharing at Redouxinteriors!
Thanks so much!!