Tag: IKEA

DIY Drum Lampshade

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!

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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…

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Fabric Notice Boards

Last summer my nan was giving her spare room a facelift and turning it into a craft room. After a casual browse on Pinterest one day, I came across the fabric/ribbon notice boards. I said to nan that I’d make her one for her new room and we board a board ready for it.

About 4 months later…

I was thinking about Christmas presents, with no idea what to do and then I remembered! Down the side of the chair in the living room stood the board, creative fingertips started tingling.

Now, I couldn’t just cover it in fabric, I had to do something a little more special. As nan is very much into her quilting I thought I’d have a go.

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After a rummage through my fabric scraps bag, I managed to pull something together. Some spare pieces of ribbon and some fabric buttons later, ta-da! my first fabric notice board 🙂

And I didn’t stop there!

I had uploaded the final photo onto my Instagram and my young cousins pointed out that they liked it. Well that was two more Christmas presents on the to-do list! Luckily I had enquired with Nan on the colours of their rooms.

As I was on a role, I thought it was about time I updated the slightly tatty pin board in the office. Bought this beautiful fabric in Ikea (TIGERÖGA), only £4 a meter! I really do recommend their fabrics, fantastic quality and so cheap.

IKEA Shoe Storage Hack

We already had shoe storage, however the old unit was rather small and the top of it had become a bit of a dumping ground… I was determined to buy/make something that suited our hallway and basically looked a lot nicer.

After a few hours looking on Pinterest for some inspiration, this is what I finally came up with.

The unit is made up of the following:

2 x BISSA Shoe cabinet
1 x EKBY JÄRPEN Shelf (119cmx28cm Oak Veneer)
1 x White Veneer shelf for £1 from the IKEA bargain corner (Cut into three)
4 x Wooden Draw Knobs for about £4 from The Range
1 x Pack of screw brackets for the shelf

IKEA Shoe Storage Hack

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