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Are you drawn to designer styles or is your decorating taste expensive? Well, without a doubt we are always attracted to the most expensive styles. In spite of this fact, we can get that designer look for a fraction of the cost by easily adding a little DIY embellishing to store bought lampshades. Today we would like to share how to Easily Embellish Lampshades for less than $10!

Don’t you just love the fall?  At times I wish I lived somewhere that had a consistent warm temperature year round.  Lets say San Diego for example, but then when the changing of the seasons come, I love witness the changing beauty all around us.

The mountains here are full of a variety of beautiful hues of green, yellow, orange and red.  I’ve always been drawn to the fall season and colors. In fact, I always wanted to have an outdoor Fall wedding!  And somehow that worked out in our favor!

Dan and I are celebrating our 16th Wedding Anniversary this week!  16 years!  Sometimes it feels as though its only been a few years, but on the other hand it feels like we’ve always been together.  I can’t even imagine life without him, or how life used to be before we met.

Isn’t it funny how time can feel so different?  I’m so grateful for all of life’s events, not only changes planned and the unforeseen, but also how much we’ve been able to learn and grow closer together through hardships. I love him more and more each day!

Look what babies we were! (Pardon my picture of a picture…this is what we get when all of our pictures are scrapbooked and there aren’t any digital copies)  I’m so grateful that our family ties will last far longer than our bond here on earth, but throughout all eternity!  

Easily Embellished Lampshades

We’ve been working on the last projects in the master bedroom makeover. At last we are so excited to share them with you! 

One particular project has been a little more involved than we anticipated, as well as I’ve been under the weather this week. 😩

Consequently, today I’m going to share with you how to get designer look lampshades for less than $10 in under 30 minutes! This is a  simple and inexpensive this project and yet makes a huge statement! You will see just how easily it is to embellish lampshades.  😃

These lamps and lampshades were purchased at World Market.  I love how the gold pops off the deep navy wall and adds a little bit of glam to this space!  As I began pulling all of the elements together in this space, I began to feel that the solid white lampshades were a little boring. In fact, the lampshades just needed a litle embellishing.

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Desiring to mimic the striped border on the duvet cover, I decided to take a little trip to Hobby Lobby to find some navy ribbon. Immediately I was drawn to the navy grosgrain ribbon and knew it would add the perfect touch. I purchased a couple spools of 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon in navy.

Supplies needed . . .

This project is SO simple and you only need 3 supplies!

  1. Ribbon
  2. Glue gun
  3. Masking tape

Step 1 - The Placement Guide

To begin with I wrapped a piece of masking tape along the top and bottom edges of the lampshade. Making sure to apply it as evenly as I could. Aligning the tape to the top and the bottom edges of the shade. The edge of the tape became the guide for applying the ribbon. As a result I was able to keep the ribbon nice and straight.

Step 2 - Embellish with Ribbon

There is a small lip at the seam on the shade. That is where I placed a small dot of glue right below the tape on the left side (lower side) of the lip.  Then I placed the edge of the ribbon over the glue making sure the ribbon was flush to both the seam and the tape.

Then I slowly wrapped the ribbon around the entire lampshade and placed another small dot of glue this time on the right side (upper side) of the lip.  Once the ribbon had been secured I cut the ribbon leaving about 1/2″ excess.

Then to keep the edge of the ribbon from fraying, I placed another small dot of glue on the ribbon and folded it in half (towards the lampshade) over the glue. 

Placed another dot of glue at the seam, then  position the folded edge of ribbon into place.  If I ever tire of these stripes on my lampshades or want to use them in another room, I can simply just remove the ribbon. Using just a couple dots of glue at the seam makes it easy to remove the ribbon, if I choose to do so later.

Step 3 - Remove the guides

Once the ribbon has been glued into place simply pull the masking tape off the embellished lampshade and voila it is finished!  It’s that EASY for a designer look embellished lampshade! 

For a variation on this idea, use a wider ribbon, maybe 3″- 4″ wide and wrap around the middle of the shade. Adding an accessory like a large button or a vintage brooch would be a fun accent also.  Experiment with different looks before committing to one style with the glue gun. Let the creative juices flow, because the sky’s the limit with what you can do!

Another quick and east way to update vintage brass lamps is with just spray paint and wax.

We love the transformation of these dated lamps!

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