Decor Tutorials recovering a lampshade

Published on March 13th, 2013 | by Shantelle


DIY: How to Recover a Lampshade EZ!

How to Recover a Lampshade

This tutorial is to show how to recover a old lampshade. I had an old drum lampshade just hanging around in my storage, and I wanted to give it some life, so this is what I did……

Materials for Recovering a Lampshade:

 A old lampshade or a lampshade that you have bought and just want to revamp.

Spray Adhesive




Note: My old drum lampshade was slightly smaller at the top. The top ring is 12″ and bottom ring is 14″. So I had to use the “Roll and Trace” technique so that I wouldn’t have any bulkiness when I tried to wrap the fabric around the lampshade.

Directions for Recovering a Lampshade:

Note: There is a dent in my lampshade but once its recovered you won’t be able to see it.

DIY floor lamp base

1. Start peeling the fabric off of the lampshade.

Stenciled curtain


2. Now you should have a bare lampshade that looks like this…..


3. I bought this fabric from Hobby Lobby using my 40% off coupon and only paid $5.00 for 1 yard.


4. Turn fabric over so that the printed side is facing downwards.


5. Now, I call this the “Roll and Trace” technique because you will literally roll and trace the lampshade to get a pattern.


6. Your fabric should look something like this if your lampshade was smaller at the top. It should be curved.


7. Spray the adhesive onto the bare lampshade.


8. Roll the lampshade on the fabric.


Now it should look like this.


9. Cut the excess fabric.


10. Fold the end to make a flap, spray adhesive on the flap and press down onto the lampshade to secure the fabric.


This should be your finished product.


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