Tuesday, August 3, 2010

RagaMuffin Lampshades

I picked these lamps up (no before pic) from a sale for less than $1 each about 6 months ago. They were naked; white scratched ceramic and shadeless. They sat unloved in my garage until I found drum shades at Ross a few months later for $3 each. Then they got an ORB paint job and looked like this for a bit:

I couldn't take the plain white shades for very long and have been collecting thoughts, looking for ways to improve them...

Inspiration struck while reading Nester's blog! She recently posted this "Ragamuffin Bag" tutorial and I swooned at first sight.

I ran to my fabric stash and gathered up the first four or five fabrics I could get my hands on, with no cares about matching too closely. I was so excited to get started...I wanted an eclectic, bohemian look anyway- so it was all good.

Each shade took an average of an hour and a half to do...after layering and hot gluing the fabric strips to my liking...

I embellished the shades with feathers, jewels, trim, beads, pompoms, ribbon, yarn...pretty much a little bit of everything! I wanted them really full, shaggy and and fun...and I am SO happy with how they turned out...

Each lamp cost me less than $4 each since I used free glue-sticks (garage sale gimme) and fabric and embellishments I already had in my stash. The thick fringe trim around the top even came off of an ottoman I picked up while curb surfing one day...I knew I'd find a purpose for it :)

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  1. Cute! I like the whimsy! Over from CSI Project...good luck!

  2. I like these!! I think you achieved the look you were going for. I like how you took an idea for a purse...and used it on lampshades! I never would of thought of that!! It also looks good with the black lamps. Keeps it simple.
    Nice job!
    Saw this on The CSI Project

  3. Hi, Morgan, thanks for joining the party! I missed this one, I just can't keep up with all of you. What a cute idea!

    And thanks for coming by to see my office nook. :) Hope you're doing well!

  4. I love this idea! These are Sooo Cute! I'm thinking, "Where can I do this???"

    Thanks so much for stopping by and saying Hi!
    I hope you find LOTS of inspiration!
    Stop by anytime!