How can I fix a thick, paper-like torn lamp shade?

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  • Emt9031931 Emt9031931 on May 25, 2017
    Covering a shade is easy if the old shade can be used under the new skin, just tuck and glue. If the old shade is badly damaged, measure the top round, the bottom round and the length. To the length measurement add 1 inch. Make a symmetrical pattern on paper. Use this pattern to cut 2 fabric pieces. Sew right sides together 1/4 inch seams , leaving a short space open. Turn fabric inside out. Sew around on the outside 1/4 inch from edge. Whip-stitch to hoops of old lamp shade. Where the edges meet, either whip-stitch together with ribbon or yarn or make small hidden stitches with thread.
  • ROSIE ROSIE on May 25, 2017
    Thank you.
  • Gerlinde Gruettner Gerlinde Gruettner on May 28, 2017
    If it is just a plain lampshade you can always re-do it by decoupaging over it with either your favorite light fabric pieces, newspaper clippings, paper calendar pics and so on. Just get a bottle of decoupage glue and a foam brush, starting at where it's torn lay some glue on place your fabric or paper down put some glue on top and keep going, slightly overlapping. When all done, let it dry overnight give it another coat, use a decoupage sealer and you have your own creative piece. You can even use photo's you've copied on paper, just make sure the ink is really dry so that it doesn't smear. Sometimes I pretest to make sure they won't, you can seal them if they do with a little hairspray or clearcoat. Good luck..
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    • Gerlinde Gruettner Gerlinde Gruettner on May 31, 2017
      You are very welcome. You can even do silhouettes, of deer or animals, trees, birds, this looks very nice for a rustic look, or even brown paper bags cut in various shapes, scrunched up for a little wrinkle gives a leather appearance when finished. Let me know what you do and how it looks..
  • Presheila Presheila on May 31, 2017
    Remove all the paper-like material. Wind strip if fabric from top to bottom of frame then just glue on the last edge...
    Beauty of this is that you can keep changing the look from posh to lacy to feminine to masculine to gentle to light to dark... possibilities are endless.Of course I am assuming that the frame is metal...
  • ROSIE ROSIE on May 31, 2017
    Hummm, good one too, thank you, Presheila5304