How to Make a Sweater Lamp!

4 Materials
20 Minutes

Hi, I'm Amber Oliver! I hope if you enjoy this project you'll also stop by my blog!

Did you pull out your winter clothes and find a sweater that doesn't fit? Or maybe it has a hole in it and can't be donated? How about using it to make some cozy home decor! One fun idea is to make a sweater lamp with your old sweater.

Start with a blank lampshade - or one you are tired of! I found this one at a thrift store and it was damage so I knew it'd be perfect for this project!

I also found a fun sweater for 2 bucks!

I measured around the lampshade and cut so it was wide enough to cover the whole thing. I used a small sweater so it fit nice and snug right over the lampshade. I then glued it in place along the edges!

This is a super simple, quick, and fun project to bring a little coziness into your home this winter! I hope this project inspires you to upcycle an old sweater into home decor! If you'd like to see other creative upcycling ideas, please visit my upcycle archives!

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  • Laura Crognalo Laura Crognalo on Dec 07, 2020

    Did you keep the sleeves on or cut them off? Hoe did you hide them?

  • Terre Tulsiak Terre Tulsiak on Dec 11, 2020

    Are you concerned about the fire hazard?

  • Dusty Dusty on Jan 05, 2022

    Why glue? If you want seasonal it should be snug enough to stay put how many times do you move a lamp or a shade. Turn on & adjust if needed. Nice winter idea but not year round

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  • Nancy Pavlovec Pitz Nancy Pavlovec Pitz on Dec 20, 2021

    If you really want to get the edges together so it doesn’t fray apart could you sew bias tape around the edge and then sew it to the sweater. Add elastic through it and place it over your shade that way you could change it out with your seasons?

    • Wendy Broyles Wendy Broyles on Dec 20, 2021

      For those of us who are “sewingly” challenged the cut and glue method is much appreciated! Lol

  • Megan Megan on Feb 22, 2022

    This is the cutest! Will have to give it a try once I find a sweater to destroy. Thanks for sharing!