first, I had the original lamp. I knew I was going to repaint the base, simple, right? well, then after looking at paint I decided, I'm going to paint the shade too! so to the hardware store I went and found two paint colors that would work.
then, I scoured my fabric pile, and the bags of clothes I had ready to donate to the thrift store. I love using fabric from clothing for projects because it has so much texture and more character than craft store fabrics for a fraction of the cost (especially if I'm just planning on donating it anyway!). I put together 3 patterns--- 1 wide fabric, 1 in between width fabric, and 1 narrow fabric. I measured the diameter of the shade, divided it by the number of strips I wanted to have (I wanted 12) and then cut my widest strip to that width. I think mine ended up being 3.5 inches, 2 inches, and 1 inch wide. I did four of each pattern and repeated them around the shade-- I first sewed the three fabric strips together (optional) to make one big strip-- then hot glued them to the top and bottom of the shade.
after all the strips were on the shade, I used hemp jewelry twine to cinch the fabric strips at different heights around the shade. there was somewhat of a pattern to this, but no measuring.
I then hot glued grosgrain ribbon along the top and bottom of the shade to hide my unfinished edges of fabric.
from my button collection I pulled 12 mismatched buttons that I liked and hot glued one on top of each knot of twine on the fabric strips.
I put the shade back on to the lamp base, and that's it. this was a pretty huge lamp. the hardest part was deciding what to do. once I had decided it wasn't as difficult as I thought it was-- it ended up pretty straight forward actually. I still have one more lamp in it's original condition... should I try a second?
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