We’d recently bought the LAUTERS tripod floor lamp base from IKEA, but I wasn’t really a fan of any of the shades that were on offer there. I had a good look online to see what I could find, but either the patterns or the prices were not right.
I then came across a lampshade making kit on Amazon (which can also be purchased directly from Dannells website) and thought that I should just try and make my own! I popped to my local fabric shop and found some lovely fabric that I thought would go well with the lamp base and the rest of the room.
When I first saw the instructions I was a little overwhelmed, however it was a lot easier than I thought. My first challenge was cutting the very long piece of fabric correctly on the floor (obviously I had chosen the largest shade at a whopping 45cm diameter!).
I then improvised with the sticky back plastic weights (seen above as two bottles of Fairy fabric conditioner and a candle).
Somehow I did manage to successfully roll the plastic backed fabric onto the very sticky hoops. The instructions recommended getting a friend to help, but typical me was determined to do it myself.
The final stage involved a lot of tucking with a small piece of plastic. Now this part took some time and patience. I now understand the work that goes into making a simple lampshade, kudos to those who do it for a business!
After all of the tucking and poking, I finally had a complete lampshade! I’m pretty proud of how it turned out. Quite tempted to make one for the landing…