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My Handmade Lamp Shade

A little while ago, I wrote about needing a new lampshade for our newly redecorated hallway. We’re still trying to decide on one, but I wanted to have a go at making my own one. So I ordered a kit from Sarah Waterhouse Textiles and thought I’d have a go at making my own.

the kitAt first glance, I thought the instructions were really overwhelming, but when I sat down and looked through them, they were pretty straight forward. The kit comes with everything you need to make the lampshade. The only little extras that came in handy were a cutting mat and a craft knife. But if you didn’t have those, you’d still be able to make the shade without any problems.

The instructions are broken down step by step and are really easy to follow. Make sure your fabric is straight before sticking the pvc on as you cannot undo this! Mine is only slightly wonky and you’d never know just by looking. The only really difficult bit is sticking the hoops to the fabric, as you have to do both at once. You really need a second pair of hands! When doing this, make sure you keep the hoops as close to the pvc as possible. My top hoop wobbled slightly and it was difficult to move it so it looks a little awkward near the top. But the bottom, which is probably the most important as you can see it more clearly, is much better.

the finished lamp shadeWhat do you think? Not bad for a first attempt eh?! I’m pretty pleased with it. While it’s too small for our hallway, it might work on the landing. I would definitely recommend this kit if you’re looking to make something like this for your home. Have you come across any good kits recently? Let me know!

Hallway Lamp Shade Dilemma

I am notoriously bad at buying lamp shades. When we moved in to our house three years ago, we needed new ones in every room. I’m ashamed to admit we bought cheap paper ones. The reason was simple – we didn’t decorate every room straight away so didn’t want to spend the money on something fancy that might not fit the room when we decorated. Fair enough. But that doesn’t explain the nasty black rose shade for the upstairs landing. Awful, hideous monstrosity! We didn’t bother replacing the one in the hallway, not quite sure why. Think it was because after buying the black rose one we felt we couldn’t be trusted so left well enough alone!

Well, we’ve finally got around to painting over the peach walls and woodwork of the hallway. The walls are white & the woodwork is a light grey. We’ve kept it light, plain and simple because the hall doesn’t get much light & is very dark most of the time, so we wanted to help it out as much as possible. Now comes the awkward bit – buying a lamp shade. The redecorating pot is running low so nothing too expensive, but we want something cool, stylish, suits the old house but nothing chintzy! A quick Google made me realise there is only one place to look for awesome lampshades – Not on the High Street. And that’s where I lost the best part of a day! (Not kidding!) These are my favourites – all a bit different, would suit the colours used & a bit quirky.

Chevron lamp shade

Geometric Chevron Lamp shade

Herringbone Lamp shadeHerringbone Lamp shade

Woodland Lamp ShadeWoodland Lamp Shade

Little Houses Lamp Shade

Little Houses Lamp Shade

Mr Fox Lamp ShadeMr Fox Lamp Shade

Flock Sunrise Lamp Shade

Flock Sunrise Lampshade

It’s so tough! I want them all, but sadly don’t have the rooms (or the funds!). They’re all reasonably priced so now it’s just about choosing one that will suit the space. I was all set on choosing one of these when I stumbled across this:

Bird Brolly Lamp ShadeBird Brolly Lamp Shade Kit

I didn’t want to make my own. I didn’t want the fuss. But I love this print & think the colour will work, plus the kit comes with everything I’ll need, including the all important instructions. How cool would it be for people to walk into the hallway that I’ve repaired & decorated and see something that I’ve made?! It’ll be fine as long as I don’t mess it up!

I really don’t know which one to choose! They’re all great in their own unique way. One thing is certain – we won’t be having a black rose situation again!