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Two Ways To DIY Your Own Lampshades

No one will know they're not from somewhere like West Elm.

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In this installment of Craft Wars, two resourceful crafters demonstrate how to take a simple lampshade from simply functional to fabulously decorative.

First up, Wanessa Carolina creates a unique lampshade from everyday rope.


Make spirals out of the rope. To do so, simply coil the rope in on itself to create a disc, adding hot glue as you coil, and continuing until the spiral is the size you would like. Make at least six spirals in a variety of sizes.

Next up, Stephanie from Marie Oh Marie creates a braided beauty.


Take your yarn and wrap it around the top portion of your lampshade twice. Cut the yarn. This is going to be the template for the length of yarn you work with. Use this piece to measure out two lengths of different colors.


Find the seam at the back of your lampshade. Cut off the Mod Podged end of your braid and glue down the end to your lampshade. Take a line of Mod Podge around your lampshade as you lay the braid down. Reach full circle, cut off excess.

Finish it up. In the lampshade shown, the braiding goes to about 1 1/2" above the bottom of the lampshade. Then, solid black yarn was wrapped around the remaining lampshade in the same way to create a color-blocked bottom.

Pippa Armbrester is a quilt maker and designer. Follow her adventures in quilting and life on her website.