Antique Ribbon Lampshade Before and After Tutorial


Hello and hope your weekend was wonderful!  We got to have lunch with a dear friend here on Wednesday, and it was sunny and warm, so we ventured out into the garden to check out what was still growing.  Then Friday evening we had our sweet neighbors over for dinner of salad and a variety of homemade pizzas–they were so good, and the conversation was interesting as always!


Today I have a quick and easy lampshade project for you.  Earlier this summer I shared a lampshade that I made out of a Dollar Tree wastebasket, which I spray-painted antique gold and beaded, and it now lives on my makeup vanity in the bedroom.  I needed another lampshade for the bedside table, and I wanted it to go with the beaded lampshade as well as the colors that are in the wallpaper and furniture.  I already had a plain white lampshade, and some ribbon I got from Dollar Store, which was one of the inspiration colors for my Seaglass and Sunshine summer mantel, so I decided to reuse this ribbon.



The supplies you’ll need are:

  • lampshade
  • ribbon
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • paper towels

The tutorial is this:  I simply cut strips of the turquoise ribbon to fit over the front of the lampshade and overlap a little bit on the inside of the shade, and then hot-glued it to the inside of the shade.  (Easy, isn’t it?:)  I had to angle the ribbon a bit as I placed each piece to fit the curvature of the lampshade, and this I just eyeballed as I glued each piece of ribbon on.  To make the inside appear more finished, I used a contrasting grey grosgrain ribbon I had on hand, also from Dollar Tree, and hot-glued it along the inside top and bottom edges of the shade to cover the cut ribbon edges.  You will want some paper towels handy to wipe your fingertips as you work, so you don’t get glue all over the silky ribbon.

The whole project took about 30 minutes to complete.

The lamp base was one that I’ve had for years, and I just spray-painted it antique gold to match the hardware color on my makeup vanity, as well as the heavy gold glazing I did on the bedside tables.  I like the shape of it, and also the size of it, because I wanted something smaller than my old one, which hogged up a bunch of tabletop space.

I took it into the bedroom to see how it looked, and after looking at it for quite a while in various lighting throughout the course of the day, I decided that it really wasn’t exactly the right hue.  Turquoise is a pretty difficult color to match, I’ve discovered over time and several projects, but this lampshade was just a skosh off in the color that I had in mind.


On to Plan B.


I happened to wander through our local antiques store around this time, and noticed that one of the vendors had a great assortment of antique-looking ribbons for sale.  I found some beautiful ribbon, this time in a darker turquoise and covered in wonderful ribbon rosettes.  This was $9 a yard, so I only got one yard, and then followed the same instructions of cutting and gluing that I did for the first lampshade cover.  I ran out of ribbon for the back of the shade, so I went down to the store again, and they had some beautiful gold and bronze ribbons that were less than a dollar a yard, so I got a yard of each and finished out the back of the shade with those.


I think it turned out really unique and vintage looking, and now the colors work well with the wallpaper and furniture!  And look at how the color changes depending on the light–turquoise really is a multi-faceted color!









The back of this shade reminds me of the back of a fancy lady’s dress from the French Renaissance!



Jasmine the cat had to have her day in the sun as I worked on the pictures.




Have you covered your own lampshades before, or decorated your lampshades in a fun way?  I’d love to hear from you in the comments, so stop by for a visit!


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About AthenaMG

Athena McElrath is a Master Gardener with a love for gardening, decorating and cooking inexpensively. She enjoys working out in her urban garden in Southwest Washington State, watching the hummingbirds and other birds and insects, eating the wonderful vegetables, fruits and herbs that she produces from her garden, and just having a great time hanging out under the pergola with her family and friends (that is, whenever it stops raining long enough).
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29 Responses to Antique Ribbon Lampshade Before and After Tutorial

  1. I liked the first one, but I LOVE the second one! That ribbon was a great find. It really is unique and perfect for a bedroom. Well done Athena!

  2. ARod says:

    wow great job I haven’t tried recovering a lampshade yet but this was some inspiration thanks for sharing

  3. debbiedoos says:

    Such a pretty makeover. I love the color of the fabric too. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Jana says:

    I like both lamp shades but the second one with the little rosettes is my favorite. Love that ribbon, never seen any like it. What a great find!

  5. Shanee says:

    Love this! I have never attempted to redo a lampshade but yours turned out so beautifully I may have to try! Thanks for sharing, visiting from Savvy Southern Style.

  6. Karen says:

    I am so glad you just linked this up! I saw this beautiful rose ribbon yesterday at Michael’s, on clearance! I put it back because I couldn’t figure out what to do with it. Now I know! I am so trying this out. Just lovely, thank you for sharing. -K

  7. Marigene says:

    Great lampshades!

  8. Sherry says:

    Love this. I need one in just that color too. Need a little female touch in my otherwise Cowboy room. It would like great! Now to find the right lamp.
    Thanks for sharing!

  9. jody says:

    This is the most beautiful lampshade! So pretty!


  10. Sandy Brown says:

    So pretty! I love that sweet kitty too. Thanks for sharing this creative idea!

  11. Sue says:

    What a gorgeous makeover! I am a ribbon addict and am always looking for new ideas to use it and this is perfect. I did a lampshade makeover for our bedroom and it was so easy. I ripped out the existing fabric leaving only the metal ‘skeleton’ of the shade. I then wrapped it from top to bottom with white tulle. Now my lamps are so soft and pretty and it added much needed light to the bedroom. I am sure this is an idea tha has been done many times but I was happy with the ease of it and the lovely results. :)


  12. Crystelle says:

    This is very pretty!
    And it looks fairly simple to do…
    I love the roses… and the color….

    hugs ~ Crystelle

  13. Wow! I love this lampshade! I love the blue fabric. I’ve done a couple lampshades myself. :-) I would LOVE for you to share this awesome lampshade at my Submarine Sunday link party!

    T’onna @ Submarine Sunday Aboard the USS Crafty

  14. You did such a lovely transformation on that lampshade! So pretty! Thank you for sharing this tutorial with us at TTF!

  15. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    I need to try this! I have a few very boring lampshades!

  16. Hi Athena, your lampshade turned out so pretty and what a great find in the ribbon. Sometimes a project is almost like a journey don’t you think. You can take different paths and end up with totally different results. I’d love for you to share at Totally Transformed Tuesday! I know my readers would love to have your tutorial. I hope you can stop by. Hugs, Peggy

  17. Kathy says:

    This is marvelous – love the rosettes. And I especially love the kitty! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  18. Patti Krank says:

    Wow! I love this lampshade. Thank you for sharing.

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