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Doily Covered Lampshade

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A few weeks ago I was given an old lampshade. I immediately went on pinterest for ideas and I saw this.
Pinned it here. Gorgeous right?

I’m pretty sure the first word out of my mouth were “Wow! That’s gorgeous! I’m totally not doing that” Odd combo right? I do love it, I’m just not sure where it will fit in my house.

This weekend I had a few… extra hours thanks to one of my parrot deciding he wanted a vacation on Saturday and flying out the door (we got him back Sunday morning!). So thanks to the unexpected free time and a pile of doilies I decided to try my hand at a doily covered lampshade.

I used the free lampshade (gutted it), a pile of 10 cent doilies, upholstery thread, a blunt needle, scissors and a crap-ton of clothes pins.

*This is almost the exact opposite of the way the inspiration tutorial did it. For the record her way was probably easier, but I like the layered look I got with my method*

I started randomly clothes pinning doilies on, starting with the ends and trying to puzzle piece the different shapes together.

I used about 40 clothes pins and 10-ish doilies (I could count, but I don’t want to). I tried to keep some contrast with various patterns and colors near each other.

I started by tying knots around the ‘braces’ and stitching the doiles to the top part of the frame. I worked my way around in sections. It’s a bit tricky to keep the tension right. You want the doilies taught but not squished.

I’ll be honest, this took quite a while. At least 5 hours split over two days. If you aren’t such a perfectionist you should be better off.

I love the final product! I’m still not sure where I’m going to put it though!

Lampshade: Free
Doilies: $1
Lamp: $2

Total cost = $3

Failed Parrot Trap… He decided to land on my head instead

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Comments

  1. Ohh my gosh Alecia that is so beautiful yours turned out gorgeous I love the different colors of the doilies I would love to see a picture of it in your home So Glad your parrot came back… had a clipped budgie fly out the door and catch a wind one time dh chased him into the next complex and scooped him up Gotta love our birdies.
    RaNae

  2. That is GORGEOUS!!!! I love it! You did an amazing job creating that! Thanks so much for entering this into the Project Pinterest Challenge. Best of Luck to you!
    Jill
    twoyellowbirdsdecor.blogspot.com

  3. Absolutely beautiful! Your back yard looks gorgeous too. Thanks so much for sharing at Whmsy Wednesdys.

  4. Just gorgeous! I’ve been thinking about doing this on an empty drum shade I have, so your instructions will help a lot!

    Thanks for sharing it at the Knick of Time Tuesday party – I’ll be featuring you next week and there will be an “I Was Featured” button waiting there for you!

    Blessings,
    Angie @ Knick of Time

  5. THAT my dear is a winner project right there. I love that. I have seen chicken wire recently, but doilies are a sweet and soft version. Great project!

  6. Your lampshade is so pretty….and I like it better than the original. What drew me to yours was what you said took the most time. The different colors and patterns of yours was really eye catching. Thanks for sharing how to make one of these pretty lampshades.

  7. This is so awesome! I love it!
    Thanks for sharing at my Super Link Party!
    And I’m glad your parrot made it back home!

  8. Wow! It turned out beautifully! I like the way you layered the doilies. If you’re looking for another place to share your crafty projects, check out Etcetorize (http://etcetorize.blogspot.ca/2012/05/make-it-great-monday_20.html). Would really love to see you there!

  9. What a gorgeous idea, I love it! It looks so different and beautiful, just up my ally! Stoppin in from the Tatertots and Jello, hope you have a great long weekend!

  10. This is so cool! Bargain price too. Great idea.
    Melissa
    http://www.lovebugliving.com

  11. That is beautiful! I love it! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning to our Pomp Party board!

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

  12. Beautiful project! I just shared it on my TT&J FB page 🙂

    xoxo
    Jen

  13. Very pretty! 🙂

  14. That is such a super idea! Love, love, love it. Thanks for sharing this fabulous idea.

  15. Beautiful job! Would love to have this!

  16. Hi Alecia: I’m a new GFC friend. I would love if you stop by http://hotflashncraftn.blogspot.com/ and be mine too. I love the lamp shade. I was confused about the parrot, though. I had one land on me at a golf course construction site, scared the heck out of me. After 2 weeks of caring for him I located the owner. Thanks for sharing your project, it turn out nice.

  17. Alecia, thanks so much for sharing this at Project Queen’s Party last week. I’ll be featuring it tomorrow at the Highlight Party. I love it. You did a beautiful job.

  18. This is great…so pretty. It must look really fascinating when the light is on. Thank you for sharing this wonderful idea.

  19. What a beautiful project. I love how you did the layering look, it’s very vintage. Thanks so much for sharing this awesome lamp shade on Simple & Sweet Fridays!

    Jody

  20. Love the doily lampshade so much! So vintagey looking and beautiful! This will be one of my top picks for the week at Sunday Blog Love, thanks for sharing this….glad your parrot is back at home!

  21. I love that doily lampshade! So cute!
    You will be featured at this week’s {nifty thrifty sunday}!
    I hope you’ll come by and grab a button.
    xo!
    Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

  22. Adore the lampshade – so pretty!
    Found you through Sunday Blog Love 🙂
    Greetings from Australia♥
    ~Pernilla

  23. Really LOVE this! I think I’ll give it a try!

  24. FAb! You just saved me the time of looking for ideas, it’s perfect. I’m going to do my two little lamps in my kitchen and one in my sewing room. Loving the vintagey look.

  25. Lovely idea! Think I’m gonna make one myself! Liz

  26. LORA S. ~ LABS63S@AOL.COM
    HI, I FOUND YOU THRU KNICK OF TIME …
    I TRULY LOVE <3 YOUR LAMP SHADE... EVERYTHING ABOUT IT IS SO PERFECT! YOUR WORK & YOUR IDEAS ARE TRULY BEAUTIFUL!!! IT'S SOMETHING I'VE ALWAYS WANTED :-). BUT NEVER HAVE I SEEN ONE AS LOVELY AS YOURS! THANKS FOR SHARING THIS!!! OMG IF YOU DECIDE YOU WANT TO SELL IT PLEASE KEEP ME IN MIND!
    LOL… BIG HINT~ ~ ~ MY BIRTHDAY IS IN JUNE… I WOULD BUY THIS FOR MY SELF & IT WOULD BE A BIRTHDAY GIFT FROM MY GIRL (DOG) …

    HOPE YOUR BIRD IS OK!
    I WILL BE A NEW FOLLOWER !

    WARMEST BLESSINGS!
    LORA S.

  27. Crystal says:

    love the ides. just what I needed for my memaw’s old lamp shade. love your sense of humor. thanks for the smile

  28. This is GORGEOUS!!! I’m pinning it because I’d totally make this! I have doily’s and one of my lamps needs a makeover so this just might be it! 🙂

    Helen
    Blue Eyed Beauty Blog
    Exercise Encouragement GROUP Blog

  29. Hi there, looks great! Have and easier way to put the doilies together (with your permission) Measure height and length (around the lampshade) lay the doilies on a flat surface and Modge podge edges etc together until in will cover the lampshade. Wait until dry then sew together on you sewing machine. Once done, put it around the the lamp’s skeleton and sew overlapping ends together then sew top and bottom ends around the lamp. ???? hope it is clear?

    • I don’t see why you couldn’t try that, I’m just not sure how well the mod podge would hold up. My lampshade was curved in the middle so it wouldn’t have worked for me though. I was happy with the way mine turned out so if I did it again I’d probably do it the same way.

  30. try iron on adhesive next time. it comes in sheets and u cut to whatever shape u want. it will also add a little stiffness for shape . then sew on frame .

    • I’m not sure what you mean, the doilys weren’t attached to any backing fabric and the way they were sewn together held the shape

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