aka: Fun with Magnets and Stuff
Remember last month when I made this....
see post here
Well, I'm finally back with the tutorial on how I created that shade.
There is no big secret to covering a lampshade in burlap.
In this case, I tore off the fabric that covered this shade but left the lining.
I've found with burlap shades...you need the lining or you can see right through the shade.
I cut the burlap to the width and length of the shade and simply hot glued
it to the wire frame.
I covered the edge with gimp and now the shade was ready for embellishment.
I promised I'd tell how I achieved the button tufted affect of this shade.
This shade's structure has metal wire running up and down in two spots on each long side
and one on each short side.
It's an oval shaped shade.
I already knew I was going to use this shade for an embellishment idea I had
and in experimenting I discovered the tufted affect.
I wanted to be able to change the look of this lampshade.
I didn't want it to always look the same, though.
So to do this...I used magnets hot glued to the back of my buttons.
Here I've gathered up some supplies.
Buttons, flowers, jewelry odds and ends and magnets.
Earlier in the summer I'd made this huge adornment for another lamp.
It's hard to get a good photo since this lamp sits in front of a window.
Here you can see it better.
The living room is a mess with projects strewn about.
The large pink flower really adds whimsy to this lamp and shade.
For this flower I cut the stem off.
I had to hot glue the layers of flower back together to keep the flower from coming apart after removing the stem.
I then hot glued a rhinestone button in the center of the flower.
I had to use large magnets I found at Lowe's for this flower since it's large.
One magnet glued to the back of the flower and one magnet goes on the inside of the shade.
If you get tired of this look...switch it out with something else!
You can have a different look with each season.
Or for that matter....each day!
I liked this so much...I decided to do some embellishing on my burlap shade that I made.
The first look was this. Achieved with six buttons placed horizontally around the shade.
I sewed with embroidery thread back and forth in the button holes before glueing to the magnet so they would look sewn on. The magnets pulling the fabric to the metal gave the tufted affect.
After that I was hooked...I created several pieces of jewelry in a very short time.
I found a large package of magnets at Walmart the other night and this little package
of flowers at Michaels. I couldn't resist those flowers.
Here are my other looks created with magnets and hot glue.
This one a burlap bow with crystal prism and rhinestones.
White burlap flowers give it another look.
A large wood button with gathered burlap and rhinestone makes another embellishment.
I was really on a roll, now.
This is my favorite...it's very much my style.
But not very fall like so will most likely not make an appearance again till spring here
at my cottage.
These of course can move around in any configuration or get moved from lamp to lamp in my home
or they could end up on my refrigerator!
This is a really fun and easy project...I hope you give it a try.
I'm thinking I need to do some scary embellishments for Halloween.
Which version of this of this lampshade do you like best?