Monday, August 13, 2012

How to DIY a Lamp Shade for $6

We're BACK!!!! I had a great week off, I read a book, I went to bed early, I woke up late. We entertained friends, we put the finishing touches on some projects, but mostly we relaxed,  and soaked up the sun!

Things are back in full swing around here! And I'm so excited to share with you the first project I tackled . . . a Custom DIY Lamp Shade.
I wanted a patterned shade, but it also had to be a perfect drum shade . . . no taper! I had no luck finding one for less then $70 which I find to be a ridiculous price for a lamp shade, so when I found this at Ikea I was intrigued. When I saw that it was only $5.99 I decided to take a risk and attempt to recover my own!!
The Ikea Lobbo shade is basically a flat plastic lamp shade that, like everything else at Ikea, needs to be assembled! It comes with the metal bars and they fasten through 3 little holes on the side of the shade (pictured above).  The shade fastens at the back with little notches (pictured below).
It was seriously easy and seriously cheap to do:
You'll Need:
  • The Lobbo shade kit $5.99 
  • and Half a yard of Fabric, our fabric was $14 a yard so $7 for fabric. 
  • Spray Glue 
  • A hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Total Cost, including Glue was approx $15. 

Step 1: 
Cut you fabric close to the same size as the plastic, it doesn't have to be exact just close will do.
Step 2: 
Spray your Spray Glue onto the plastic and then lay the piece of fabric on top! Pressing down as you go, making sure there are no wrinkles. It was seriously easy!!!
Wait 1 hour or how ever long your spray glue says to wait, ours was 1 hour.
Step 3:
 While your glue is setting, cut a thin piece of fabric as wide as you like ours was 3 inches wide. The piece of fabric should be as long as your plastic piece.
 Step 4:
Iron your fabric in half, then re open. Fold in the left side into the middle,  then do the same for the right side.
You should end up with something that resembles bias tape. You'll need to do this process twice, once for the top of the shade and once for the bottom.
 Step 5:
Trim off excess fabric from the plastic.
Once you've trimmed the fabric, assemble your shade by interlocking the tabs at the back, Ikea includes instructions for this part!! ;) It's pretty straightforward but a little bit finicky! Attach the metal structure in the middle.  It should look like this:
Step 6:
Once your shade is assembled then you can attached the strips of fabric we created in step 3 and 4.  Do this after you assembled your shade, it would be easier to do it before while the shade is flat but it won't work as well and you'll have puckering.
So once it's assembled attached the trim fabric using hot glue, glue the front on first,
then glue the back on.
It should be neat and tidy when you're done!!
Then you're done! It was surprisingly easy! Dare I say it was even a little FUN!!
And the finished product was better then I thought it would be . . .
 I was so happy with it I went straight back to Ikea and bought two more Lobbo shades! I don't know where I'm going to put the other two, but I do know that this one is going to become a hanging pendant in the basement, hopefully we'll get it up this week!! :)


  1. Welcome back! Glad you enjoyed the break. Love the fabric you chose as well. If you're really lazy (like... me), you can just 'wrap' the fabric round the shade (folding over the top and bottom once to kind of hem it), and then you can do without the edging strip. But it does add a nice finished look to it.

  2. You did a great job! It looks perfect! Cute fabric too.

  3. looks great and I love the fabric, regards, Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

  4. So glad you are back,I was having withdrawal!! You always find the cutest fabric and that lampshade is adorable.

  5. It looks fantastic! I love the fabric you used!

  6. It looks terrific and I really like the fabric!

  7. Glad you had a good break! Love the lampshade.

  8. Awesome! I love that fabric. I've been wanting a patterned drum shade that doesn't taper either. This is a great idea!

  9. Looks fantastic. I also love the fabric you chose. You are a constant inspiration for me to do more around our little place. Glad to hear you had a good stay-cation!

  10. What a great project, must try it. Great job and what a wonderful choice of fabric.

  11. This makes me wish I had an ikea close by, you did a great job!

  12. After all your hard work during the long weekend, you guys deserve a little break. As for your magnificent lamp shade, it's super pretty. I would put it right up there as one of my favorite Ikea hacks. I'm not sure if it is one or not but it sure is prrrretty. Where ya gonna put it ?

  13. Love this! I actually looked for drum shades at Ikea and had no luck.... I will be keeping my eye out for this one! It turned out awesome.

  14. Hi Ashlii, where do you shop for fabrics? you find some great ones for your pillows and now your shades!

    1. Hi Stef,
      Online I like and tonic. But in the lower mainland I shop at Fabricland, and Arlene's Interior Fabrics, but lately their prices have gone WAY up so Mostly just fabricland or fabricanna!!
      Hope that helps!

  15. Love this idea!! I appreciate how you picture illustrate the steps. The really answers any questions we might have. Keep up the good work!!


  16. Love this - perfect timing, as I was just looking at doing a similar project. Quick question - what do you think you will use to make it into a pendant light? I am having trouble finding kits that I like. Thanks!

  17. Gonna have to try this out. I even have some fabric and coordinating ribbon trim I'll use along the edge for this.

  18. Where ever did you get that fabric? I want it for my piano bench cushion!



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