Everyone in my house is making fun of this lamp - what do you think?

I gave an ugly gold lamp a makeover and made what I THOUGHT was an adorable, shabby lampshade out of strips of muslin. I barely had it finished when my sweetheart came home from work and the fun began...
He: "Oh great! We have a toilet paper lamp!"
Me: "It's not toilet paper"
Daughter: "It's closer to my bathroom than it is yours - I'll use it if I run out"
Me: "It's not toilet paper"
He: ***something I wouldn't repeat***
Oh, and the jokes just got worse from there.
What do you think? Is this a hit or a miss??
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q everyone in my house is making fun of this lamp what do you think, crafts, home decor, lighting
q everyone in my house is making fun of this lamp what do you think, crafts, home decor, lighting, I decided to post the updated shade since I originally posted it in the comments section and most people don t scroll back I DID re vamp it and like it very much now Thanks for the comments
I decided to post the updated shade since I originally posted it in the comments section and most people don't scroll back. I DID re-vamp it and like it very much, now. Thanks for the comments.
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  • Lulu Dubin Lulu Dubin on Jan 22, 2014
    I think this is a really cute idea, but seems like it sort of missed the mark. Some suggestions: 1. maybe use a different color fabric so that the shabbiness doesn't get mistaken for toilet paper. 2. Maybe iron the fabric so it looks less shabby and more chic 3. Add short strings of beads to the ends to weigh down the fabric and add some color :) Good luck!

  • Moxie Moxie on Jan 22, 2014
    I think it is adorable. Maybe if you add a little bling like a few strands of silver and glass beads or somthing they would like it more...but I love simple and texture and I vote a hit as is...some jysr have no vision lol

  • Linda Delap Linda Delap on Jan 22, 2014
    it needs some thing more fabric some color

  • Jill Drummond Jill Drummond on Jan 22, 2014
    Sounds like a convo I would have had with my hubs! I really like how the light comes through it but I have to admit, I did think toilet paper. Maybe layer in some colored fabric so it is more full. But in general...don't listen to a word he says ;)

  • Sally holway Sally holway on Jan 22, 2014
    Wonderful idea! More color, for sure...a print, maybe? How about shortening the bottom overhang to improve lamp/shade proportions?

  • Kathryn Ellensohn-Cogar Kathryn Ellensohn-Cogar on Jan 22, 2014
    I think it's really cute! If you'll use pinking sheers to cut the fabric it won't unravel on you so much, but, it is a good idea!!

  • Bethany P Bethany P on Jan 22, 2014
    Thank you all!! I thought about using some turquoise fabric I have leftover from something else, but thought I'd try the white instead. I think I'll add some of that and the bling is a great idea.....boy-oh-boy do I ever have plenty of beads! :) Thanks again for the feedback!

    • Bernice H Bernice H on Feb 08, 2014
      @Bethany P I like the idea and it looks like it took some time to tie all those pieces. Good for you. I do like the updated better than the original, the bit of color and shorter length make a difference. Beads would be so fun. What room are we talking about for placing? That is a consideration also, right?

  • Chrissie Chrissie on Jan 22, 2014
    As for me I would leave it alone ! It works for me. Hugs. C

  • Diane Diane on Jan 22, 2014
    Have been considering making some like this. The new bulbs are hard to read by, and lampshades are expensive. I will try this and see what the hub y says. I'm sure he will have an idea or 2.

  • Renie Thompson Renie Thompson on Jan 22, 2014
    Sometimes our sweethearts just don't see our vision...lol. I think it is cute.

  • Judy Adams Judy Adams on Jan 22, 2014
    Great idea , you had your thinking cap on .Maybe you can replace the muslin with pretty ribbons the color of your room or chiffon . good luck

  • Bethany P Bethany P on Jan 22, 2014
    Thanks again for all the feedback. Here is attempt #2 at this project. I trimmed the bottom to make it a little less shabby and added turquoise fabric and some clear crystals around the bottom (they're kind of hard to see in the photo). Better?

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    • Rose Work Rose Work on Jun 17, 2018
      I was gonna suggest shortening the ends. Looks good!

  • Margie Howard Margie Howard on Jan 22, 2014
    This looks much better ! I really like it now !

  • Ann Ann on Jan 22, 2014
    I like your redo very much. The turquoise gives more interest. I think if you add more fabric so it has more volume might be a good idea, too.

  • Susan Lyons Stewart Susan Lyons Stewart on Jan 22, 2014
    I love it!!!!

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Jan 22, 2014
    The idea works but it looks a little unfinished...like you need a lot more fabric...and trim off the strings. Pressing the fabric will help too! You are almost there!

  • Donna J Donna J on Jan 22, 2014
    Bethany, you have creativity. I have many friends who would not have the slightest idea what to do as far as crafting is concern. Your lamp looks great and most of all, you did it yourself. You can even bring it into the love season with a little red heart or something. Don't be afraid to show your pride in your work and continue to use Hometalk as your idea resource. Good luck!

    • Bethany P Bethany P on Jan 22, 2014
      @Donna J Thank you! I love the idea of making it special for February!

  • Cynthia E Cynthia E on Jan 22, 2014
    I think it looks great -- ignore hubby and daughter (they sound just like mine would while teasing me)

  • Bethany P Bethany P on Jan 22, 2014
    Thanks everyone! I like it a lot better now - and I deliberately kept the fabric on it "scarce" because I wanted a very light shade that let as much light through it as possible (no overhead light in that room - so this is lamp #3). It's also more beachy, I think, with less fabric. I appreciate all the feedback and kind words!

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    • Bethany P Bethany P on Feb 08, 2014
      It's in my dining room. There's a fan, but no light in the room & until we remedy that, I rely on lamps, but they're only on when I'm in the room.

  • Lori J Lori J on Jan 22, 2014
    I don't care for it...but it is simply one opinion.

  • Christy Marie Christy Marie on Jan 22, 2014
    I like the improvements, of course I liked the first attempt too.

  • Lin R Lin R on Jan 22, 2014
    It is darling and what is important is that you like it!!!

  • Sheryll S Sheryll S on Jan 22, 2014
    I 'LOVE' both versions of your lamp shade..... and seriously not sure if the pic you posted in a comment is version 3 or not, but I adore it.

  • Sue Bruns Sue Bruns on Jan 22, 2014
    I appreciate the concept and the effort and like the second try better than the first, but it won't be something I'll make. Sorry.

  • Martha Mothershed Martha Mothershed on Jan 22, 2014
    If you could not afford to buy a new lampshade, I liked it, but if you can afford to buy a new lampshade, I would..

  • Chrissie Chrissie on Jan 23, 2014
    Well I think it is lovely and original.

  • Carol Carol on Jan 23, 2014
    sorry, but it looks like it exploded.

    • Bethany P Bethany P on Jan 23, 2014
      @Carol I definitely like the second attempt better - and my family does, too. :)

  • Dee Dee on Jan 23, 2014
    Have to agree with hubby sorry. Im not laughing but the look on my face priceless

  • Jeanie Jeanie on Jan 23, 2014
    I think the problem is this shade is to big for this lamp, it needs a taller and slimmer base. I applaud your creativity, but the width of the shade is too broad for the base.

  • Lisa B Lisa B on Jan 23, 2014
    Not my cup of tea, or TP ;) I could see it with strips of calico or something with color.

  • Teresa Teresa on Jan 23, 2014
    I love it! I've seen several like this lately and I plan on making a shade just like this one for my guest room lamp. Great job!

  • Karen Roth Karen Roth on Jan 23, 2014
    I love the idea behind it but if it were me, I would use printed shabby type strips and then tie them in the middle of the strip so that it looks more like little love knots instead. But do not give up yet, no Crafter is perfect the first time around. It does take practice and as for your family...Shame on them for not giving you some encouragement.

  • Patti Mowery Patti Mowery on Jan 23, 2014
    I think the lamp is too short for such a big shade. IF the lamp base was much taller I think it would look better. I did something similar with an old 8 sided shade on a floor lamp I use on my sun porch. I cut long strips of a cotton fabric that had a flower design on it, and then I would loop the strips from the top of the shade then to the bottom overlapping the previous strip just a little bit until that one panel was covered, then I used a small pin to hold it in place before starting on the next panel. It looks like the shade came that way.

    • Bethany P Bethany P on Jan 23, 2014
      @Patti Mowery Believe it or not - the shade frame I used was from the shade that came with the lamp. I like my second attempt better, for sure - the one in the comments.

  • Linda T Linda T on Jan 23, 2014
    Check out this website. She did the same thing. CUUUUUTE!! http://creatingalifenow.blogspot.com/2013/09/junk-style-diy-garden-fencing-shade.html

  • J K  Weigle J K Weigle on Jan 23, 2014
    it looks like it would catch fire!

  • J K  Weigle J K Weigle on Jan 23, 2014
    Sorry, Bethany, that's not entirely what I meant.

  • Jeanine Jeanine on Jan 23, 2014

  • Peggy Peggy on Jan 23, 2014
    Sorry, it is a miss!

  • Shelley S Shelley S on Jan 23, 2014
    Hi Bethany. I like your attempt. I saw one done the other day that was very similar to this one. They used tule. They looped it over the top then tied it at the bottom and cut them short. It had a tutu effect. It might just be that the fabric used has no shape and needs to be more of it? Please don't think I am trying to be mean. It really was a good idea. You asked. :)

  • Chrissie Chrissie on Jan 24, 2014
    I still like it !

  • Sfg178760 Sfg178760 on Jan 24, 2014
    Not a fan of this look when anyone does it, but maybe if you tie the bottoms of the rags to the bottom wire it will have a different more defined look. Your family is funny though! o) And that is just down right good!

  • It Makes Scents It Makes Scents on Jan 24, 2014
    Another color to match the surrounding decor and then doubling the fabric and looping over might give it an entirely different effect. I admire your creativity.

    • Bethany Bethany on Jan 24, 2014
      @It Makes Scents thank you. I did add another color & some bling on the bottom. You can see attempt # 2 further back n the comments section. I like it much better now.

  • Alexandra Maas Alexandra Maas on Jan 24, 2014
    My mother used to say - if you can't say anything nice, don't talk. So I'll just shut up now...

    • Bernice H Bernice H on Feb 08, 2014
      @Alexandra Maas ouch, I am sure you didn't mean it to be hurtful, but...ouch

  • Rhonda Rhonda on Jan 24, 2014
    Here's a tutorial for our shabby lamp shade...maybe it will help with some ideas! http://blog.therestoredhome.com/shabby-lampshade-tutorial-2/ You're on the right track! Never stop trying! Best wishes!

  • Lilian Lilian on Jan 24, 2014
    the idea looks good Bethany but it does look as if it is not finished. Listen to the family (big smile)

  • Kathy Smith Kathy Smith on Jan 24, 2014
    Everyone has there own ideas my question would be is fabric or plastic , it has a nice design behind t on the wall at night .. that is cool but I would still thing of safety first .

  • Claudia McDermott Claudia McDermott on Jan 24, 2014
    Sorry good effort, but it's a do over

  • Pam Kerker Pam Kerker on Jan 24, 2014
    I like the idea...kudos to you for giving it a shot. Don't be disheartened, at least you're making the effort that others are afraid (or don't even have the creativity) to try.

  • Jill F Jill F on Jan 24, 2014
    To me, the shade is over powering the lamp, it just looks too big. Great try, A for effort.

  • Bethany P Bethany P on Jan 24, 2014
    Thank you for all the comments. I DID revamp the lamp and originally posted it in the comments, but it got lost in the long thread and most people don't scroll back. I've now posted it at the top of the post with the original photos. I do like it very much now and so does the family. Thanks again for your comments!

  • Linda Carson Linda Carson on Jan 24, 2014
    I was going to say it looked kind of sad but your revamped model is much improved! Cute! Good job! Does your family like it now?

  • Bethany P Bethany P on Jan 24, 2014
    Yes - everyone is happy with it and no more jokes. :)

  • Chrissie Chrissie on Jan 25, 2014
    Pleased hun it is only a lamp ! Lighten up folks. Oops sorry re pun. Hugs X

  • Judy Adams Judy Adams on Jan 26, 2014
    All this conjecture about your shade has had a positive effect on you . You gave it your all, and I am sure you learned something good from it . Branch out and create more nice things . You can do it

    • Chrissie Chrissie on Jan 27, 2014
      @Judy Adams So agree with your Judy the girl gave it a go and all power to her elbow.

  • Chel Chel on Jan 26, 2014
    Like the re-done version. It is very pretty.

  • Sherli Sherli on Jan 27, 2014
    All of these are creative, but be aware that fabric will catch on fire if it gets too hot. I learned this the hard way.

  • Z Z on Jan 28, 2014
    Ha ha ha! Family can be so wonderfully honest at times, can't they? However I do like the revamped version much better. It no longer looks like TP.

  • Romina Torres Romina Torres on Jan 28, 2014
    hello! and if you remove the fabric and testing of glass beads placed vertically?

  • Caren Stokes Caren Stokes on Jan 30, 2014
    Maybe run a thin ribbon over the seam area to finish it off? Great idea!

  • Susan S Susan S on Jan 30, 2014
    People always tell me that I see things of beauty "differently" but I really like what you have done with your updated shade. I love to take pics of my "works of art" and look at them from all angles to see what needs to be changed or how they have progressed from the start to the completed piece. In the end, art is all in the eye of the beholder and if you like it--then it is beautiful. When I finally complete a piece to my satisfaction, I am happy, regardless of whether it sells or not or if others like it or not. If it doesn't sell I keep it for my collection of great one of a kind pieces. Keep crafting. You have a special talent.

  • Jmarie813 Jmarie813 on Feb 01, 2014
    Actually,I think that it would be perfect for a bathroom or even a little girls room..it's cute.. :0) ..what do 'they' know? .. look at Van Gogh!!! :0)

  • Arletta Arletta on Feb 01, 2014
    You know, it really doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. If you love it, then that is all that matters. I love to create things a little out of the box...my family thinks some of my creations should be buried in a box! I don't listen...I continue to do what makes me happy. They just don't have my vision! I love your lamp!

  • Cyndi Neumann Cyndi Neumann on Feb 01, 2014
    Sometimes it takes a few tries, I love the new version! It did not take much to love it! SmIles, Cyndi

  • Deborah Durham Deborah Durham on Feb 04, 2014
    I would have use a different fabric. The one that wedding veils are made of you know the lite fishnet meterial and bunched more of it together to fuff it up more. . you could use a discarded kids costume/party dress from a thrift place.

  • Jessica Mullen Jessica Mullen on Feb 07, 2014
    My thoughts also that while I really do like it, & kudos for recycling anything, I would be worried the fabric may get too hot. However if you love it that is all that matters.

  • Renee H Renee H on Feb 07, 2014
    Sorry, it's still a "miss" for me (and it looks like a fire hazard).

  • Peg Stout Padgett Peg Stout Padgett on Feb 07, 2014
    Well, if you could leave it turned on all the time it is pretty! But, I'm sorry. With it turned off, right at first I thought it was kotex! Sorry.

  • Barbara Rodts Barbara Rodts on Feb 08, 2014
    Sometimes recycling becomes an overreach and hazardous. The shade is definitely a fire hazard. I commend you for your initiative to be creative and encourage you to continue, but this particular project could be a starting point for better things to come. I think you should shelve this one. With or without the light on, to me, it looks messy and unfinished, but then, I am a tailored look and neatness freak.

  • Bethany P Bethany P on Feb 08, 2014
    The response to this question has been, to be honest, overwhelming. I've tried to delete the entire post several times & for whatever reason, it won't let me do that, so I'll just say this...it's just a lamp, folks. I've been crafting, up-cycling & creating for 25 years. Nobody hits it out of the park every time. I thought it would be fun to get some feedback. I was wrong. For those who think I've created a fire hazard - The shade frame is from the actual shade that came with the lamp, so the fabric is no closer to the bulb than the fabric on the original shade was. That being said, I wouldn't leave anything in my house unattended, so I'm not the slightest bit worried it's going to burn my house down. While I have absolutely appreciated all the positive feedback I've received, the biggest lesson I've learned from posting this question was not about the lamp shade. It was to never post a question again.

    • Bernice H Bernice H on Feb 09, 2014
      @Bethany P I totally understand what you mean. We put ourselves out there , and written words do not come across the same as spoken words. And they can pinch or even hurt. Please don't let that stop you from posting your works. I have read some bloggers and many have posted their "fails", which is very brave. You are brave, and that is a good thing! Don't give up , it was a good idea.huggers to you!

  • Nikki Nikki on Feb 08, 2014
    I love it, and I have seen shades done similar to this before. I never found the right kind of shade to make my own, but I am still looking.... I just had to give my 2 cents and I think you did a Great job!!! : )

  • Teresa Schroepfer Teresa Schroepfer on Feb 08, 2014
    I like it. Just be careful of the bulbs that really get hot.

  • Susan Susan on Feb 09, 2014
    Love the revamp!

  • Reba Matthews Reba Matthews on Feb 09, 2014
    I like the idea.

  • Cathy P Cathy P on Feb 10, 2014
    ..."if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all" (from BAMBI)

  • Juli Juli on Feb 10, 2014
    Shabby Chic .... it is beautiful!!!! I've seen similar ones in high end shops here on the coast but yours has them beat. I love it! AND, if you notice on this board, the really nice posters greatly outweigh the nasty ones. Don't let inconsiderate, self-absorbed people keep you from posting!! Now ........... go design some more beautiful artwork!

  • Kathy Smith Kathy Smith on Feb 11, 2014
    Long as you like it that is what counts , Tell your family they can make there own lamp shade and you make fun it

  • Well i must say you have a creative mind, but the lamp shade you tried to reinvent is very creative but at the same time it looks pretty messy with the cutting of papers, though you can give another try, as you never know things can fall in place.

  • JJ JJ on Feb 11, 2014
    I like the added bit of color.and even if it was TP it is still a great idea!!

  • Cori Warner Cori Warner on Feb 12, 2014
    I think its cute, but I would add some different fabric or ribbon to it for textures. As for the "fire hazard" use a low wattage 25W bulb. Lampshades used to be made out of paper, I'm guessing muslin would survive?

  • Lori T Lori T on Feb 13, 2014
    Sorry but he's right it does look like tp.

  • Nikki Nikki on Feb 14, 2014
    I'm sorry, but I am starting to take these rude, disrespectful comments a little too personal and have decided I will unsubscribe from notifications because I can not read anymore but before I do I have to say if you wrapped that shade with a whole roll of toilet paper it would still have WAY more class then these miserable people that are bored out of their minds with nothing better to do then look for ways to bring people down instead of lifting them up. Misery does love company!

    • Kimberly Stevenson Kimberly Stevenson on Feb 16, 2014
      @Nikki you should know Nikki, someone asked a question, she put it out there, she asked. So do we lie or tell the truth??? The finished product isn't too bad, but not great!!!!!!

  • Chrissie Chrissie on Feb 15, 2014
    Tend to agree Nikki been surprised at outspoken comments and wondered is it me taking this on too personal a level ?! We tend to be not very outspoken here in rural England and thought might be that !

  • Cynthia E Cynthia E on Feb 15, 2014
    No the adage if you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all still applies today and maybe even more so since with the internet people feel free to say mean things they would never say in person.

  • Judi Parmer Todd Judi Parmer Todd on Feb 15, 2014
    Actually, I think the finished product is rather cute. It would be perfect for a little girl's room. To me, it looks like an old sheet, torn into strips, NOT toilet paper. I think using burlap torn into strips would be cute too. And the frame of the shade looks like the material is far enough away from the light bulb, and another's suggestion of using a 25 watt bulb is great. Some people are just crass, and because they can hide behind their computer screen, get their kicks by hurting others. They are sad, lonely little people who have nothing in their own lives. Ignore them. Your idea has given ME some ideas on how to make my own shade (I need a new shade for a floor lamp), as lampshades aren't cheap. Thank you for inspiring ME :)

  • Lou Ann Levesque Skidgel Lou Ann Levesque Skidgel on Feb 16, 2014
    It looks great but I would have to add som fire proof liner inside the shade outher wise I LOVE IT-

  • Linda Johnson Linda Johnson on Feb 16, 2014
    Is it pink?

  • Megan Martineau Megan Martineau on Feb 16, 2014
    I love the second one, and I really liked the first one. Great idea!

  • Libby Yuewhoo Libby Yuewhoo on Feb 16, 2014
    Found a beautiful lampshade made with coffee filters on line. Check it out: http://www.littlemissmomma.com/2011/08/diy-coffee-filter-lamp-shade.html

  • Sheryll S Sheryll S on Feb 16, 2014
    Oh my gosh.....unbelievable to me that so many can be so rude, besides I love this and plan to copy it...... geez folks, get a real life please?

  • Carol Carol on Feb 16, 2014
    beauty is in the eye of the beholder

  • Dcsharpe Dcsharpe on Feb 16, 2014
    I think it is the start to something really great. I would add more strips of fabric to make it really fluffy. You are on to something. Keep it up :)

  • Nikki Nikki on Feb 16, 2014
    She did ask @Kimberly Stevenson your right. But she asked "hit" or "miss" not for any of the other cheap shots these ladies had to throw in there, That was my point, several people commented and it wasn't their taste or style but they put in a few ideas etc... and kept it on a helpful positive level. Although I'm just different I was raised to always uplift others, I personally love the shade but that is just me, but if I didn't I could easily cheer her on for being creative and for being unique and creating something she likes, or just keep scrolling through my feeds before ever taking a chance of hurting someone but that's me... I do believe you can say just about anything if you say it in the right way with the best of intentions. All of the rude comments and cruel jokes were uncalled for and will ruin this site and make no one want to post on here again, I look at that shade and see the thought, the time and effort she put into it and I couldn't imagine how it must feel to be made fun of by a bunch of grown women that are obviously on here for the same reasons which is support, encouragement, tips and new ideas... That is just how I feel =)

  • my question is Do YOU like it? If yes then that is what really matters. Your family (especially kids) will just have to learn to appreciate your vision, lol! Mine FINALLY have...however my kids are grown and after nearly 25 years of marriage...my husband is usually very supportive ;D

  • Bethany P Bethany P on Feb 17, 2014
    I love it & so does my family after I redid it. The beauty of my fam is that they're extremely supportive while also loving to torment each other. The honey doesn't care what I do provided it doesn't obstruct his view of the History channel & lends hs mad carpentry skills & use of his pick-up truck whenever the spirit moves me to take on a new project. If I had a dollar for every time I've clicked on a project here & said, "eck!", I'd be able to buy a round at happy hour, but kind people move on & don't criticize - wise people know their taste in decor isn't the end-all in style & don't try to insult people with their "superior sense of style". What's right for my home may be ugly to someone else, but the fun of it is keeping it light. I've long since learned that negativity breeds negativity, so I generally just shake my head & stay unoffendable, but the lesson learned here is that posting questions in open forums isn't advisable unless you're prepared to hear a lot if negativity mixed in with some nice suggestions & comments. I'll stick to posting my finished projects & leave the questions for people who have a genuine interest in my success. Thanks for all the nice comments!! I really do appreciate the creative feedback.

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    • Bethany P Bethany P on Mar 04, 2014
      I did mark the question as resolved. It's like the "song that never ends". This has become a joke in my house.

  • Denise On A Whim Denise On A Whim on Feb 17, 2014
    I think it's adorable!

  • Carol Tomlin Carol Tomlin on Feb 17, 2014
    Adorable is a good word for it ! Could use sheer fabric and beads where the strips are fastened for a "Fancy Nancy " look. I love how we are making new friends and inspiring one another. I even got a little kick out of your husband's humor. : ) Don't take him too seriously. His gift might be stand up comedy. Go easy on him. That lamp is a " hard act to follow."

  • Karins Kottage Karins Kottage on Feb 17, 2014
    Love it that you shortened the fabric strips... So cute!

  • Janet Smith Janet Smith on Mar 04, 2014
    Well, if YOU like it, that's all that matters, right?? (Not something I'd do, but we are all different.)

  • Chrissie Chrissie on Mar 05, 2014
    Vive la difference a dull old world otherwise.

  • Sherli Sherli on Mar 06, 2014
    Are you using a soft pink light bulb? This is cute. Be sure to remember that it is cloth, and cloth burns when left close to lighted bulbs too long. Don't want you to start a fire.

    • Gladys Gladys on Mar 09, 2014
      @Sherli I had the same thoughts on it. It's very cute, but it looks a bit dangerous.

  • DeMarie I DeMarie I on Mar 06, 2014
    It was a hit, if nothing more than to bring out the humor among the family members. Good natured ribbing gives the family some liveliness. I'm sure they appreciated the thought & craftiness that went into the making. Of course, it wouldn't be to everyone's liking but that's not what matters. What does is enjoying the process and liking the outcome. Thank you for sharing.

  • Janet Smith Janet Smith on Mar 06, 2014
    YIKES. . . well, I can see why. But if YOU like it, I guess that's what matters.

  • Andrea R Andrea R on Mar 07, 2014
    I LIKE IT! does that make me weird? .....then, I'll take weird any day! lol

  • Cherie Cherie on Mar 07, 2014
    I think it's fine now, but a dimmer bulb would look better.

  • Brandy Kirlin Brandy Kirlin on Mar 07, 2014
    Add more strips? But it's cute as is, not for me but I can see it for a frou-frou girl. :)

  • Shelley Shelley on Mar 07, 2014
    Looks good! Filling it in some helped.

  • Kathy Smith Kathy Smith on Mar 07, 2014
    you madei t ad you like it that' s what counts family doesnt like it tell them to make ther own shade

  • Carol Tomlin Carol Tomlin on Mar 08, 2014
    I really do love the finished look ! I like DeMarie's take on it and if the truth be known the very people teasing you are probably very proud of you and your accomplishments including that lamp !.

  • Country Design Home Country Design Home on Mar 20, 2014
    Wow- quite a lot of feedback for one little lamp! Have to say I am not crazy about it. The shade appears to be billowing out like a petticoat and overpowers the lamp. In the right room, this could be cute but overall I am not a huge fan of raggedy strips of anything. Sorry!

  • Lulu Dubin Lulu Dubin on Mar 20, 2014
    I happen to really like the finished product. Great job!

  • Tim D. (The Retro Den) Tim D. (The Retro Den) on Apr 02, 2014
    I must like this thing... I've come back once than one to look at it... LOL -) Great job and one HELL of a fire hazard. If you're not living on the edge you're taking up too much room.

  • Donna Byram Donna Byram on Apr 03, 2014
    Very creative!! I think adding the colored strips helped with the look. Since several folks are concerned for fire hazared, I would twist the strands of material before tying to the bottom ring. Twist 3 or 4 times, just enough to tighten up the material in the middle and give it a tailored look. You might have to add more strips, but think the outcome would be just as nice. Keep creating!!

  • Anna Domangue Anna Domangue on Apr 03, 2014
    you can get it sprayed by the fire department with fire retardant problem solved and I like the unique look :)

  • Bethany P Bethany P on Apr 03, 2014
    I'm not at all concerned that it's a fire hazard. It's not on often & when it is - I've used a low-temp, night light bulb. It's perfectly safe.

  • MikkiGirl MikkiGirl on Apr 04, 2014
    Sorry, but I vote with your family. . . .it's a miss.

  • Linda T Linda T on Apr 07, 2014
    Something's missing. Either the messy look is in need of much more 'filling', i.e. many more strips, or strands of beads, or a straight fabric under the decorative strips. Don't know, but it wouldn't be my style, even if I liked shabby chic.

  • Adriana Adriana on Apr 07, 2014
    I like it.. :)

  • Sharon E Sharon E on Apr 07, 2014
    I think it is totally cute. The only thing that makes it not "work" is that is just sitting there alone. It should be part of a vignette. Sitting on top of a few books with a doily or such under it.....a fabric or silk shabby chic type rose, a pin or necklace.....anything that would play up the style. By itself it just isn't finished but you are definitely on the right track!

  • Dollie Dollie on Apr 08, 2014
    Maybe add a couple of random strips of another colour :)

  • Dollie Dollie on Apr 08, 2014
    Not because i don't like it, i do, but to stop the toilet paper humour hahahahaha

  • Judi Parmer Todd Judi Parmer Todd on Apr 08, 2014
    I like the finished product :) I'll bet this would be cute also, made with burlap strips. This is what "Shabby Chic" is all about :) Those who don't like it, oh well. She made it for HER, not for you people.

  • Carrie Reid Carrie Reid on Apr 23, 2014
    definately something I would do. You made it your own

  • Cyndee Marling Cyndee Marling on Apr 24, 2014
    I think it is adorable for a bedroom or sitting room. I'd do that.

  • Kathy Smith Kathy Smith on Apr 25, 2014
    its your creation it makes a great halloween spooky night with no other lights on ..lol

  • Teri S Teri S on Apr 25, 2014
    I think it's pretty cute and clever

  • Diana Sue Mendez-Lucio Diana Sue Mendez-Lucio on Apr 25, 2014
    I really think it's a cute idea, I'd go with a dimmer light bulb and put it in a bedroom for a nice quiet touch..

  • Linda Linda on Apr 25, 2014
    Looks unfinished! If you add a band of color around it where the wire shiows, I think that would finish it off nicely and give it more carractor!!! Cute idea!!!!

  • Carol G Carol G on Apr 28, 2014
    I think It is unique!! I love it!! mabe add ribbon around to hide the gathers. and give it a little color.

  • Butch Fertic Butch Fertic on Apr 28, 2014
    Well I would say yes and yes depends on the person..

  • Joffler Joffler on Apr 28, 2014
    It's actually pretty clever. Trimming the strips was a great idea, as well as inserting colored strips. I might use it on a simpler, more clean-lined lamp base, though, but other than that, it looks pretty fresh and cottagey.

  • Joy Smith Joy Smith on Apr 28, 2014
    I like it, but the shade shape is not right for that lamp shape...I think that if you did that on a different shade, it might look better. It looks really cute when it is lit up!

  • GeeJudy GeeJudy on Jul 29, 2014
    looks like underwear hanging on the clothesline--in one picture--otherwise the colored one looks cute

  • LaVerne DeHart LaVerne DeHart on Jul 29, 2014
    once it's lit up it looks ok but otherwise I'd probably make a joke too, if I knew you...smile!

  • Lula Stanley Lula Stanley on Jul 29, 2014
    i like the idea,i would just make it alittle fuller.

  • Leah Leah on Jul 30, 2014
    It is quite clever. It is quite a conversation piece.

  • Wendy Cochran Wendy Cochran on Sep 19, 2014
    it's a very neat idea. The color really dresses it up. Love it. Now I know what to do with my lamp that I bought at a auction for $1.00. I have a shirts from my dad and father in law who have passed away that I want to use for something special. Thank you for the idea Bethany.

    • Terry Thurston Terry Thurston on Sep 27, 2014
      @Wendy Cochran shirts make great quilts. I had a friend quilt my dad's shirts, she made 6 12 x 14 (?) which I framed and gave to my mom and siblings, and then she also made heart shaped quilted ornaments, which I gave to each family member. Quite treasured. :)

  • Debbie Kuhar Debbie Kuhar on Sep 20, 2014
    For me to likesomething, "it has to catch my eye". Dont think so, im honest. Looks cheap

  • Nola Baker-Ramirez Nola Baker-Ramirez on Sep 20, 2014
    @Bethany P I love the updated version! Very cute and whimsical! Great idea and you nailed it the second time! The most important thing is that YOU like it and are proud of your creation. I say, 'You GO Girl!"

  • Sherry Lee Sherry Lee on Sep 20, 2014
    I say its great Shabby Chic inspired shade and it's just fine!

  • Wendy Cochran Wendy Cochran on Sep 21, 2014
    @Bethany, I'd make your husband and daughter a small lamp with some of their clothing and give it as a gift.. When they say it's toilet paper, reply with something in the order of, " It's your shirt, didn't know you wore toilet paper."

  • Sonja Sonja on Sep 22, 2014
    unwrap the lower bind and put the lamp on a place where you have a draft:-)

  • Heather Heather on Sep 22, 2014
    You know that you cannot please everyone all of the time, but you did not make this for everyone, you made it for you. Enjoy your creation. I like it.

  • Lana Lana on Sep 22, 2014
    I think it is great that you tried. I wonder if you add twice as much material and make it a lot fuller. It may give you the shabby chic look you are after. I think it is cute!

  • Donna Donna on Sep 22, 2014
    I like it!!

  • Tonya Tonya on Sep 23, 2014
    I think it's kind of funny, but a great conversation starter. And let me add, you are very creative and imaginative. I'd like to see you other projects.

  • CK CK on Sep 23, 2014
    I think it's OK but probably not quite done. Just add in more strips of fabric to fill in the spaces and it'll look much better. I did something very similar. To me (and my hubby and friends) it looks shabby chic ;-) No toilet paper jokes required. ;-) (This pic is the 'in between' stage of a room makeover. The fireplace got painted later on.) (Click to enlarge to see lamp shade more easily.)

  • Jan Jan on Sep 27, 2014
    I think it is a great idea, and possibly adding strips of burlap for texture, with possibly hanging some crystals would make it really vintage looking, and not give it the shredded toilet paper look that everyone is throwing at you... very clever, and they are jealous!

  • Debbie Kuhar Debbie Kuhar on Sep 28, 2014
    Everyone has different style. If it fits in with your decor

  • David Shelley David Shelley on Jan 21, 2015
    It is interesting somehow, but I don't love it. The concept may not be bad. You just may want to try a few more attempts to tweak it. A bigger shade as mentioned may help. I wouldn't say a total miss. But I don't think it is a hit as is. Intriguing but a bit off putting somehow. I cringed a bit, but was also fascinated and inspired somehow.

  • David Shelley David Shelley on Jan 21, 2015
    PS... If I had only seen bottom image, I would have thought it was a straight up hit. In context though and without the light, it lacks something.

  • Tim D. (The Retro Den) Tim D. (The Retro Den) on Jan 22, 2015
    Perhaps a dimmer bulb... for setting a ood but the lighting seems harsh and the shadow it throws is even harsher... Swing and a miss... Like David said... Tweak it...

  • Larry Jack Jones Larry Jack Jones on Nov 21, 2015
    Thumbs down, sorry. Pitch it. Eat crow. Your family will be thankful which means they might be more amenable to your next project. It's the long view

    • Bethany P Bethany P on Nov 21, 2015
      This is a couple years old. The finished project (after tweeking) was delightful & is still in my dining room.

  • John F Edwards John F Edwards on Aug 28, 2016
    Perhaps it would have been better to use alternating soft pastel colors? Just a thought, but then it wouldn't look like toilet paper unless you used browns. ha ha (sorry I couldn't resist)

  • John F Edwards John F Edwards on Aug 28, 2016
    I see in the last pic you did throw in some pastel blue or green.

  • Carol G Carol G on Aug 29, 2016
    ribbon around the two rims would make it classy and would dress it up some

  • Tim D. (The Retro Den) Tim D. (The Retro Den) on Aug 29, 2016
    Try lace..., I love this idea. Lord knows I make lots and lots of lamps. Bo It the muslin... Well it .. Looks.. Like TP!!!! Try t Some fancy lace!

  • Debbie Kuhar Debbie Kuhar on Aug 30, 2016
    Is it really toilet paper or other material? Just curious because I had a post with the inside of my lamp shades cracking and I do not want to get new shades. I'm afraid of what I use to cover the inside would melt. Using LED 2 bulbs.

  • Debbie Kuhar Debbie Kuhar on Aug 31, 2016
    Thank you.

  • Lori T Lori T on Sep 01, 2016
    Sorry not my type of lamp shade.

  • Dia24730527 Dia24730527 on May 14, 2018
    Much better; I love it now. I thought the all white was nice before, the strips were just too thin and long. It ‘s more in proportion since you trimmed the bottoms, too.

  • DCB4711 DCB4711 on Jun 17, 2018
    It just looks sparse; there are spaces in between the pieces of fabric and it's too loose. I'd re-tie the fabric so it's more taut and add a generous bit more.

  • Sandy Sandy on Jan 10, 2019

    looks like a fire hazard!!

  • Connie Connie on Jan 15, 2019

    Cute, go for it

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  • Lynn Goins Lynn Goins on Sep 15, 2019

    Sorry, Bethany, but I'm afraid your stylish creation landed in another county. It looks like your poor lamp is having a bad hair day. Maybe it would look better if you added some color. Maybe attach lengths of ribbon between the white strips?

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Apr 25, 2022

    Personally, I think it's lovely.