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Upcycled lampshade tutorial

Posted by Sadie P Oxfam Fashion blogger

1st Aug 2012


I first saw this tutorial over on the blog 'One Sheepish Girl' and thought it was so great that I just had to share it here! It fits in really well with the current craze of 'yarn bombing' - wrapping unsuspecting objects with brightly coloured wool. It's a great way to upcycle those tired looking lampshades that sit on charity shop bric-a-brac shelves crying out for a new lease of life. The one I used in this tutorial was just £1.50!

You will need:

An old lampshade & lamp stand

A few balls of wool (can also be found in charity shops)



1) Wrap your first colour around the lampshade once, and tie it in a knot securely so that it doesn't unravel.

2) Start winding around the lampshade. Continue until you've gone all the way around! I decided to wind mine around with random spacing, but you may want to do yours in a measured pattern. Once you've gone all the way around, tie another knot in the end so that it's held securely.

3) Do the same with the rest of your colours!

4) Tidy up the loose ends by snipping off any excess wool from the knots.

5) Secure the lampshade to your lamp stand using the fitting… and take a step back to admire your handy work!

Please make sure that the lightbulb you use is the correct wattage for the lampshade size!

Tweet us @OxfamFashion with photos of your attempts!

Blog post written by Sadie P

Oxfam Fashion blogger

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