Monday, June 13, 2011

Coffee Filter Lamp Shade Tutorial

I know what you are thinking... I've seen that before:) I can't deny that... however after spending days gluing coffee filters to a lamp shade I had to post a tutorial... I just had too!
My 2-year-old is sorta girly but not in an over-the-top princess kind of way... in a sweet way. I have been looking for a matching fabric to cover her lamp shade when I came across these coffee filter lamp shade coverings. There are several posts out there, however some of the tutorials are rather mediocre so I decided to post my way. Hope you enjoy and if you decide to create one, I suggest a bottle of wine, and a friend or two, to ease the monotony:) Enjoy!


Above is the before of my plain old lamp.
Picked up a pack of these at the market. (turned out I needed two)
Individually flatten each one out,
then fold in half,

then fold that half into thirds,

you will have a slice of pie looking thing,
then fold your tip up in half again and place hot glue in the gray areas as shown,

start at the bottom and get to gluing; fill in the holes as you glue upwards; try to consciously make sure you are working upwards evenly. About half way through mine I was getting tired and started spacing more... and you can tell. I would say start out spacing generously because you can always come back and fill in the holes. When you get close to the top, do a few layers where you turn the triangles downward. When your rows from the top and bottom meet you will have to trim the triangle tips off before gluing. I did about two rows this way. When you are through if you see any holes just fill in here and there. This small shade took 250 filters and 10 glue sticks:) I love it though and it fits into the decor of my daughters room perfectly.


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