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Burlap Drum Shade {How To}

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

My dilemma started with this lamp shade.  I needed a fairly tall shade for my lamp and didn't want to spend a fortune so I settled for one from Lowes.  I really like the burlap covered shades from Ballard and I thought that pairing rustic burlap with a sleek porcelain lamp base could be a nice combination.  (By the way, even though I have made several items with burlap lately, this will be the first burlap piece in our house.)



I started by removing the trim and fabric from the shade.  My plan was to use this tutorial but it never occurred to me that my shade had a smaller circumference at the top than at the bottom.  Grrr.  This made it a little trickier to apply the fabric so what I did was apply it in two pieces creating two seams which I wasn't thrilled about, but it worked.


I used fabric glue to apply the burlap and held in it in place using tape.  


For the burlap trim, I cut two pieces.  One that measured the circumference for the top plus one inch and one for the circumference of the bottom plus, both about 1 1/4" wide.  I have found that sometimes heat & bond causes fabric to draw in or shrink slightly.  So I wanted to have pieces that were long enough knowing that I would cut off the excess.  I folded the pieces inward and pressed.



Next I applied heat & bond according to the instructions on the package.


Next, using my glue gun, I applied the trim to the top and bottom of the shade.





51 comments:

  1. Rene, I love it! I need something like this for my guest bedroom, which is decorated in a West Indies style, and I am thinking I'm going to give it a try this weekend. Thank you for sharing!

    Angie @ Linene + Verbena

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  2. oh my goodness.
    those lamp shades are some of the best homemade ones I've ever seen.

    seriously.

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  3. looks very nice....i wrapped a small shade with jute and i love it.

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  4. I have a couple of shades that need covering...now I have my direction! Great job!
    Cathy

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  5. Oh, I just love it! I want to try this! Looks lovely with that lamp base!
    Lisa

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  6. Rene,
    The shade turned out beautifully! Smart you.
    Can't wait to see the framing project.
    Terea
    xoxo

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  7. Very NICE! I have been wanting to do this project, but for some reason have had a block against it (something about that difference in circumfurance) Looks great!!! Just might have to do a project of my own.

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  8. That looks awesome! They look store bought. We just added a drum shade to our house too.

    http://breadandbutter143.blogspot.com/2011/01/our-ceiling-fan-got-drum-shaded.html

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  9. Love the burlap shades and you did a fabulous job my friend! It does really really pretty with the white porcelain.

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  10. They look amazing, I love all the things you are doing with burlap! Btw, I also wrote another tutorial for HGTV showing how to cover a tapered lampshade, too bad you didn't see that one, sorry you encountered an issue with the shade shape! It isn't too hard to cover a tapered shade with one seam, you just roll the fabric around the shade, but this is why many shades you see have the grain of fabric not parallel to the bottom shade edge. I'm impressed you made it work with two seams!
    Janell

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  11. I love your porcelain base and the height of the shade! Great job on the shade. Glad you were able to make it work.

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  12. That looks AWESOME! what a great idea!

    - Lauren

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  13. Rene you have the best inspiration projects ever! You know I'm going to do this too I hope you don't mind. A million thanks to you!

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  14. Fab! That lampshade looks amazing paired with the shapely sexy base. Great, great job.

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  15. oooo...Rene,i love the shade! and im super impressed at your patience and skillz...;) looks beautiful!
    -Rebecca

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  16. Job well done! It looks fabulous, and you did a good job with the tutorial. :) My mom kept her burlap drum shades from the 70s for ages!! Now that she's gotten rid of them, they're back in style. ;)

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  17. Frustrations aside, I think they look PDG. ( pretty damn good) :)
    Pam @ BeColorful

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  18. they turned out so pretty. I love the texture of burlap, especially on a lamp shad. I've admired the ones at PB and Ballard but didn't want to spend the money - I must give this a try!! Item number 5001 added to my to do list! :) Not sure if I should thank you or not! Ha!!

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  19. Rene, as always, they look awesome. I love the how-to. I love the warm texture that the burlap adds.

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  20. Burlap never looked so good. Great looking shade! Perfect for that style of lamp. I'm very tempted to try this. Thanks for the tute! ~Michelle :)

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  21. Another 'shining' project! Ha Ha, I couldn't help it. :) It really is beautiful, I love the texture with the light on.

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  22. Beautiful, Rene! It looks very nice with the white lamp base. A great addition to your room!

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  23. I love it! I love to see a lamp shade makeover. Most of the time, I think they are so overpriced. This turned out fantastic. Thank you for sharing.

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  24. This shade turned out great, it looks store bought. I bet you cannot even see the seams. Thanks for the tip on the shrinkage of burlap.
    Thanks for sharing

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  25. Love, love, love - so creative, yet so simple. May be copying this one. liz

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  26. funny, I am gathering ideas for next holiday gifts and just spotted a burlap gift bag for bottles of wine....or could be used for bottles of sparkling water...
    thanks, love my little work of art there, patiently waiting for a frame.:)
    pve

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  27. ** You are sooooooo GOOOD at what you do!!!!!!! I'm going to do MORE "back-reading" now!!!!!

    Thank you for sharing your expertise!
    Linda in AZ *
    bellesmom1234@comcast.net

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  28. It turned out lovely, Rene. I bet no one will even notice the two seams (except for you. lol) You are right, it looks amazing paired with the creamy lamp base :D

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  29. Rene, is there anything you can't do??? Gorgeous!

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  30. Rene, that shade is awesome. Love the way you trimmed the top and bottom.

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  31. Rene, I love the shade! I think DD2 could do that for a lamp she's got in the closet now due to lack of shade.

    Also, thanks for the nice comment on her picture wall.

    Allison
    Atticmag

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  32. Beautiful Rene. I can't imagine a better shade for that lamp - it's just gorgeous!

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  33. Who would ever believe that you transformed your "before" shade into such an awesome "after" shade. The burlap looks great.

    My mom has a pair of lamps that she purchased in 1968 that have the original shades that look very much like what you created. I guess what's old will always be new again at some point!

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  34. The shade came out great. The burlap looks so good with the white lamp. Which I love too! Where did you find it?

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  35. Thanks everybody! Janell, this is an example of me not thinking things through and I should have known that you had a great tutorial for this type of shade. The weave was kind of tricky because I wanted it to appear straight and not on the bias, but it worked. Anita, the lamp came from Goodwill or somewhere similar. Mom surprised me with it one day. Isn't she sweet?

    -Rene

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  36. So clever!
    I love how they
    turned out...
    And thank you
    for the printables
    tutorial, as well.
    I'll get right
    on both after I'm
    stencilling my
    powder room...hee hee!
    xx Suzanne
    PS: Actually, my
    mom is flying in next
    month to help me with
    that little project : )

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  37. Great DIY with burlap. We offer lots of different colors in burlap here http://www.onlinefabricstore.net/specialty-stores/burlap-store.htm?N=9330. I am also going to share your DIY instructions with our readers. Thanks

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  38. Rene- Love this! Thanks for giving us the small details like how you made that burlap trim. That was the finishing touch!

    Loretta

    A house portrait by Patricia! She is such a talent! How wonderful. Please show it when framed!

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  39. This is great! I've been wanting to do the same thing but never got the hang of it... yours looks perfect!

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  40. wow. that is lovely! you were right about the mixture of textures looking good together:)

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  41. Looks great! I'm sitting here eyeballing my white lampshades... might have to give this a go!

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  42. Love the simplicity of this shade...it looks really sharp!

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  43. That is one beautiful shade! I love the whole lamp put together!
    Lacy

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  44. Great job. Really like the burlap shades!

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  45. It looks great! I did a similar re-do on my lamp shades.. wish I had seen your re-do first! Mine aren't nearly as crisp and neat looking!

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  46. ok, I really am losing it - I even commented on this post - so I definitely did read it! :)
    Added the link to the post!

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