Burlap Lamp Shade Upgrade

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Lamp Shade Upgrade

This project was incredibly simple and affordable. I’ve been seeing burlap-covered lamp shades everywhere, and noticed my trusty bedside reading lamp was looking a little dingy. The shade was getting dirty and it was just too plain. So, why not use what I had and make it a little more homey?


lamp shade upgrade burlap DIY

Here’s what we had to work with before.

DIY lamp shade upgrade burlap

I found this roll of burlap in the Target dollar spot for just $3.

DIY lamp shade upgrade burlap

I fired up my hot glue gun and started by gluing one end straight down the lamp shade seam.

DIY lamp shade upgrade burlap

I turned my lamp on while working 🙂 Then I worked the burlap around the lamp shade.

DIY lamp shade upgrade burlap

Gluing around the top and bottom, section by section.

DIY lamp shade upgrade burlap

I trimmed off the extra burlap from the bottom. DIY lamp shade upgrade burlap

I thought it was looking pretty good at this point.

DIY lamp shade upgrade burlap

Both with the light on and off.

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There was a little bit of puckering at the top…

DIY lamp shade upgrade burlap

It seemed to be missing something. I had some lighter colored burlap I tried to use for a stripe, but that didn’t seem to do it.

DIY lamp shade upgrade burlap

Then I found this roll of burlap and lace for less than $1. It was the perfect accent!

DIY lamp shade burlap

I tried to line it up with the seams and glued a rim around the bottom to start with.

DIY lamp shade upgrade burlap

I liked what I saw, so I added a rim to the top too. Overhanging the edge just slightly. It hides the puckering as well.

DIY lamp shade burlap

So here’s what it looks like now.

DIY lamp shade upgrade burlap

Needless to say, I really like it!

DIY lamp shade upgrade burlap

Time to get reading.


DIY lamp shade upgrade burlap

Joe just has to get me an LED bulb. He took away my incandescent light bulb and threw it in the trash, forbidding me to use something so energy inefficient.


DIY lamp shade upgrade burlap

It’s not 100% perfect, but I like it that way. It feels a lot cozier than the sterile look before.


DIY lamp shade upgrade burlap

I’m just going to curl up in bed – see you in a few months!

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