How to Turn Your Old Blouse Into an Ambient BOHO Lamp Shade

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I had one of those tall paper Shade floor lamps which my kitten had great fun jumping through in a game of hide & seek tearing it beyond repair and I didn’t want to throw the whole lamp away as it was still working well.

I rummaged in my wardrobe for some old clothes I no longer wear that may be useable for a lamp rescue and transformation .

Old clothes my cat and broken floor lamp

The piece of fabric I choose is a tie dye turquoise blue and black cotton and I look for a piece big enough that won’t have too many seams etc.

Tie dye fabric and lamp stand

I begin to cut the fabric into a shape I feel will fit the metal frame and be long enough to create a balanced size shade.

Cut fabric to size

I have been wanting to try my new glue gun and so fit in the cartridge of glue and plug it in to heat.

When warmed up i start to spread the glue around the fabric to attach it around the metal ring .

Attach fabric with glue to ring

I continue around The frame remembering to press firmly on glued seams to set firm and strong.

Glue fabric to frame.

It is a little tricky and takes a bit of manoeuvring but at last it starts to to take shape.

Glue seams of fabric

The seams are a little challenging but bit by bit I glue and hold in place till stuck firmly. I’m impressed with my first glue gun experience.

Glue gun the fabric to frame

I tie the bottom in a knot to base and I am quite pleased with final result. The light strength is a little dim with dark fabric shadeBlocking the ligh quite a bit but it actually gives a nice soft bluish ambience that is unusually calming.

Ambient BOHO tie dye lampshade
Ambient tie dye lamp shade makeover

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  • Tailwagger88 Tailwagger88 on Jun 05, 2021

    Isn’t having the fabric so close to the light a fire hazard??

    • Susan Goode Susan Goode on Jun 06, 2021

      Ah good point but It’s not touching the bulb and it’s an occasional light with 40 watt energy saving bulb the set it’s no different from any other fabric or paper shade .


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