Lampshade Makeover from an Old Skirt

Posted by on Aug 24, 2012 in Daisy's room, fabric, thrift store | 17 comments

Still working on Daisy’s room. . .

I am trying to use as much as we can from what we already have.

We already had 2 matching bedside lamps, but the shades were pink gingham.

I could have bought new lampshades, but they are so expensive!  You can almost buy a whole lamp for the price of the shade!

I headed to my craft closet to see what I could use to redo the lampshade.

That is when I saw an old skirt that I had grabbed at Goodwill for $1.

Inspiration struck!

This is the original lampshade.

I was able to remove the outer covering.

I cut the skirt down the side seams, cutting it in 2 pieces – the front and the back.

I took advantage of the hem of the skirt and used that for the bottom of the shade.

I used hot glue and started gluing it to the top of the shade.

Every few inches, I glued a little pleat into the top.  This kept the fabric straight.

I trimmed the top of the fabric after I had glued it all down.

I glued a hem down on the side and then just overlapped the extra fabric.

Then, I glued the ends together.

Still more gluing. . .

around the top.

I added a piece of ribbon and a vintage pin (that belonged to my grandmother!)

Not bad for $1.

Today I found 2 Euro pillows and shams.  Both on sale!

Now I just need a dust ruffle.  No luck on one of those yet.

Daisy turns 13 tomorrow!

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  1. Clever!

  2. Turned out great! So cute and thrifty 🙂

  3. Happy Birthday Daisy! I will almost be sad when her room is finished because you’ve given me so many great ideas! 🙂

  4. OH it turned out beautiful! Great job…and I love that pin!!
    Debbie 🙂

  5. Happy Birthday, Daisy!!!

  6. It turned out gorgeous!! So clever to use the skirt!!And the pin is really pretty.
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend:)

  7. This is so cool and such a great idea! Thanks for sharing such a creative idea 🙂

    I hope you could stop by and link up at my link party still going today 🙂

    I am now following you through linky tools


  8. Adorable, inexpensive and easy. Even though it was quick it is so very pretty, love how you embellished it! Belated Happy Birthday to Daisy!! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  9. Aren’t you the clever and inspiring gal? Good for you, what a great transformation, love, love it. I can only imagine Daisy loves what the two of you have done in her room and she’ll treasure that memory for rest of her life and want to do that for her daughter some day.
    Do you have a flat sheet you could use to make a bed skirt? Just cut it the length you need for the bed, pleat it or gather it and stick it onto the box springs with Alene’s tape, bang you’ve got a bed skirt.
    If it’s a plain sheet you could stamp something on it to match her room.
    I made a couple when my kids still young and it worked out great, didn’t have the stick tape then, just pinned it to the box spring then lightly basted it. Can take it off to wash then. Actually think the pinning works better when it’s time to take off to wash.

  10. How adorable! I love it! We’d love for you to link this up at our party!

  11. So cute I’m loving this!

  12. Great idea, never would have thought of that – I’ve got a lamp right here on my desk that needs something like that – thanks for the inspiration. Mary

  13. really cute! love that blue dot ribbon and butterfly bling!

    • Debra, Gotta love Hobby Lobby for ribbon! I stock up at the 50% off sales! The “bling” belonged to my grandmother, she loved her jewelry! She had a pin and giant clip on earrings for just about every outfit! Life to the full, Melissa

  14. Your lamp is so sweet and thrifty too! You are so creative!

  15. Thank you so much for sharing this creative idea on Simple & Sweet Fridays.
    Happy Birthday Daisy!


  16. I agree – $1 rocks! Her room looks so dang cute!

    Warmly, Michelle

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