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Brighten up your spring with this DIY lampshade!

Spring cleaning is upon us! Once again, it’s that time of year to swap winter decor for some brighter trappings. We’ll supply the power so you can brighten up your home with this easy, DIY project from and get made in the shade.

What you’ll need:

  • Lampshade
  • Ruler
  • Fabric and trim
  • Pencil
  • Hot glue gun
  • Iron
  • Adhesive spray
  • Scissors

How to get started:

  • Plug in the iron to let it heat up.
  • Spread the fabric out on a flat, clean and even surface.
  • Place the lamp shade on the fabric about 1 inch from the right-hand side. Trace along the top of it while rolling the shade along the fabric until you get to the opposite end of the fabric.
  • Repeat for the bottom of the shade. You should now have 2 lines running along the fabric.
  • Join the lines up with a ruler allowing a 2 centimeter seam at one end and cut out the pattern.


  • Fold the 1″ seam and iron out the fabric to avoid any ripples upon application to the lampshade.
  • In a well-ventilated area, generously spray your shade with the spray adhesive. You will also need to spray the cut out fabric piece. Wait a few minutes for the glue to become tacky.
  • Starting again at the seam on the shade, carefully attach the fabric and press out any air bubbles as you go.
  • Trim off any excess fabric around the edges of the shade with sharp scissors. Allow glue to dry.
  • Using a hot glue gun, attach your trim to the edges of your shade, again beginning at the seam and ending by folding a small seam at the end of the braid and gluing down securely.

And you’re all set! See other ways to prep your home for the warmer months here.

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