Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Okay! Here is your first project for the Christmas season. I did this one many years ago and I continue to use it every year. It is a Christmas lamp shade and it's super simple!
First, pick out the lamp or lamps whose shades you'll want to change out. This is an easy project but it will require switching shades, not covering what is already there. Next, buy your shade or shades. You'll need to get self-sticking decorator shades- Joann's or Micheal's should have them. They come in different shapes and sizes, so make sure you get one that will look right on your lamp. (Take measurements of your usual lampshade with you if you need to.) The paper on the outside of the shade will be your template so do not throw it away!
Now, pick out the fabric you want to use. Do you want to use the same fabric all around or do you want to mix coordinating prints? Do you want to applique a Christmas image on the fabric, leave it plain or wrap pretty ribbon around the middle? Do you want to finish off the edges with ric rac, cotton ball fringe or leave it plain? Do you want it to look over-the-top Christmas or would a wintery look suit you better? It's all up to you, make it as simple or complex as you feel comfortable with.
I chose a 4-sided shade and a red and cream color theme. I used a ticking stripe on two opposing side and a cream cotton base for the other two sides. On the cream cotton fabric I appliqued a red stocking filled with presents on one side and a red Christmas tree trimmed in cream ribbons and star on the other before adhering them to the shade.
Keep your craft glue and iron handy and follow the directions on the shade. Once you've done one, maybe you'll get up the courage to do another. You can even make new covers for your chandelier and wall-sconce shades and some stores even carry night-light kits. Have fun with it!
Keep crafting and enjoy your day!