Ruffle Lamp Tutorial

Yay!!!! I finally finished this pesky lamp!

Not before I messed it up a few times first, though. {click here to see how many different times I tried to make this lamp cute… and failed.}

Even though this lamp has been ugly for a few months now, I never gave up!

Here is the finished product! Cute, right? Yeah, I think so too.

If you want to ruffle your own lamp, all you’ll need is some spray paint, ribbon, and TONS of hot glue.

Here’s how I did mine.

I took this $6 thift store lamp…

And spray painted it to death. I used Krylon Sea Breeze Blue (my new favorite color).

Yes, in my attempts to make it cute, I even spray painted the lamp shade. Needless to say, it didn’t look cute.

It took me a while to figure out that there was an accordion-type cover on it. Once I got that off, it was smooth sailing…

Once I got that ugly old thing off, my lamp shade was still sticky, and globby, so I new I needed to cover it up instead of trying to paint it.

Enter my favorite ribbon EVER!!!! I got this stuff at Hobby Lobby for $1 a roll.

I took some ribbon and hot glued it around the base of my lampshade.

Then, I took the rest of it (6 rolls in all), and cut it all in half, length-wise.

I did this because I wanted to use half as much ribbon, and because I wanted it to lay flat on my lampshade.

Then, I just hot glued the strips onto my lamp, one on top of the other.

Once I got about 3/4 of the way up, I ran out of white ribbon, and so did Hobby Lobby. So, I decided I would do a blue stripe to match the base of my lamp.

Once I got all the way to the top, I added my final strip of ribbon, except I did NOT cut this strip down the middle. (I wanted ruffles on both sides of the ribbon).

And that’s it!

I love that this lampshade has just enough ruffle, but not too much that I want to gag.

And, it’s even cute with the light on.

It’s gonna look so cute in my little girl’s room, once we get into our new house!

***UPDATE***

This is still one of my favorite projects I’ve ever done, and it did end up in Molly’s room in our new house. Hey, I’m not always perfect!

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