Asked on Mar 13, 2015

What type of glue to use when putting ribbon on a lamp shade

by Debbie
What is the best way to glue ribbon on to a lamp shade for a makeover?
  17 answers
  • Caroline Doherty Caroline Doherty on Mar 13, 2015
    Best invisible quick dry machine washable strong glue is Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive.
  • Becky Becky on Mar 13, 2015
    I use hot glue.
  • Judy LaFontaine Judy LaFontaine on Mar 14, 2015
    You can find fabric glue at any fabric store or craft store. I used fabric glue to add ribbon with dangling beads to 3 lampshades last year and they're still holding strong. Have several clothespins or some type of clips to keep the ribbon in place while it sets. Remove them before the glue completely dries to avoid crimped spots on your ribbon.
  • Nancy Gramm Nancy Gramm on Mar 14, 2015
    Like Judy, I use a fabric glue, either Fabri-tac or Fabric Fusion, whichever comes to hand. I have several books about lampshade making and follow a professional creator of lampshades (I'm sure there's a word for that!) on Facebook and that's what both the books and the lampshade lady say.
  • Rose Rose on Mar 14, 2015
    Fusible fabric tape is what i used. You iron it onto the ribbon, then onto the shade.
  • Vicki Piper Vicki Piper on Mar 14, 2015
    I use hot glue. Its quick and a tip from a decorating show on television.
  • Maggie Ann Maggie Ann on Mar 14, 2015
    Oh, yes. I remember when I moved into the first home my husband and I bought, I decided to do something with the hideous metal, faux wood-grain light fixture over the dining table. I made mosaic tiles in pretty shades from Sculpey, and hot-glued them to the shade. It looked great!! Then, we sat down for our first meal with our new and improved shade. I had forgotten about it while eating, until, suddenly, I heard the sound of something hitting the china. It was a tile from the light fixture! The tiles all proceeded to come loose and start falling into our food. So, hot glue + light fixture = melting glue, depending upon the materials and the wattage, no doubt.
    • David Joyner David Joyner on Feb 06, 2020

      You are quite correct,most crafts people will always give hot glue as their first answer,and it works excellent for most applications, but when heat or weight are factors with your project, hot glue is not a good choice

  • Nancy Nancy on Mar 14, 2015
    I just added ribbon to a shade. I used Aleene's clear gel tacky glue. I purchased it at Hobby Lobby. The glue worked perfectly.
  • Use E6000 found at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Lowes, Home Depo. Works great on ANYTHING>
  • Lee Cunningham Green Lee Cunningham Green on Mar 15, 2015
    clear adhesive caulk, it works just like hot glue with out the hot part, you have time to adjust it and it dries clear. and yes E6000 works on everything too. I like the adhesive.
  • Dee Dee on Dec 11, 2023

    I use Krylon spray on glue.

  • Mogie Mogie on Dec 20, 2023

    Bostick Fabric glue and Gutterman Creativ HT2 textile glue.

  • Annie Annie on Dec 22, 2023

    Some kind of textile glue or fabric glue should do the trick!

  • Annie Annie on Dec 22, 2023

    I also found this video which might be helpful:

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jan 08, 2024

    Hot glue or fabric glue.