Anthropologie Lampshade

by Chris on February 28, 2011

Anthropologie lampshade
I’ve been working on re-vamping my master bedroom. So far, it has taken me 7 years. I should be done pretty soon. I purchased a lamp for it, and it has sat on my side table (with the tags still on it!) for two months. I wanted to “fanicify” the shade somehow, and I just couldn’t make up my mind how to do it. But then…I saw this.

{$88.00}Anthropologie Lampshade

However, I didn’t really see it until I saw this. That’s it! That’s how it needed to be fancified! Thank you, Terra from Mama Says Sew. She gives fantastic directions, but I’ll give you the low-down here as well.

Anthropologie Ruffled Lampshade

I purchased 1 1/2 yards of burlap for $2.99. Because the shade was so similar in color, I didn’t wrap it beforehand. Looking back now, I wish I would have, but it’s not a big deal. Not that many people tour my master bedroom anyway. :)

Burlap cloth

I folded the burlap in half and used my rotary cutter to cut the strips. Don’t let the ruler fool you. I didn’t measure anything. I just kind of “eyed” each strip, but I did use the ruler to make a straight line. I think they ended up being about 2 1/2 inches.

Burlap Strips

Per Tessa’s directions, fold the strips in half and iron them down. You will line the folded edge with hot glue and place it on the shade in a squiggly manner.

Ruffled Lampshade

Do this for about three days, burn your fingers five times, and itch for hours because of all the messy burlap residue.

Anthropologie Ruffle Lampshade

Once you’re done, you’ll have something like this!

ruffled lampshade

Unfortunately, I don’t think the base is staying this color, but it certainly is pretty! It was just the texture I was looking for, and it only cost $2.99 to do it. Inspiration abounds in blogland, doesn’t it?



Brook February 28, 2011 at 3:03 am

So cute! I just got new white lampshades for my bedroom and need something to dress them up a little. I was thinking just some ribbon but maybe I'll do this instead.

Anna @ Take the Side Street February 28, 2011 at 3:07 am

It looks so fab! I love the color of the lamp, too… so I'll close my eyes when you paint it ;)

Michelle February 28, 2011 at 3:09 am

Love this! And please oh please keep the lamp color.

Rachelle February 28, 2011 at 3:17 am

Very cute, Miss Thang.. :)

My lamps are sitting in my bedroom sans shades too.. Every time I think about buying it I say, "What the heck Rachelle, spend the 30.00 for some stupid shades" but then I always think of something BETTER I want at Target aka bank account drainer. :)

Hope you're not getting drenched like us right now in kzoo, have a good week! :)

Jennifer @lifecraftsandwhatever February 28, 2011 at 3:18 am

Gorgeous! Although I might shed a tear when you paint that lamp base, it's gorgeous too!

Prudently Painted Vintage February 28, 2011 at 3:20 am

Love this! I am kind of burlap crazy right now. Made some curtains and a pillow out of it. It is such a great material isn't it?!

Devonay February 28, 2011 at 3:21 am

Awesome! I love a beautiful project like this where I can bring out the glue gun instead of a sewing machine!

Lisa February 28, 2011 at 3:22 am

Love the lamp. I'm the queen of leaving tags on, and burning myself with the hot glue gun. Thanks for the great tutorial.

Lisa x

Sanctuary Home February 28, 2011 at 3:33 am

Great job! I want one too… You did such a good job…I'm inspired!
Susan : )

FOUR ALL SEASONS February 28, 2011 at 3:37 am

Oh how lovely!! What a great addition to your bedroom. Love the corlor of the lamp base also!

Dorie February 28, 2011 at 3:38 am

Oooooh, I'm soooo doing this! Like tomorrow. And I love the lamp like it is too! That color is fab :)

Valerie Jean February 28, 2011 at 3:40 am

Love this!!! I need to get my hands on a cute base and go for it:) Beautifully done my friend!!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. February 28, 2011 at 3:53 am

Super cute! And don't worry about the seven years. Decorating is never done!

Jocelyn February 28, 2011 at 3:55 am

Oh, I just love Anthropologie knockoffs! I wish I was creative enough to think of my own! (And wish my husband was as much of a fan of them!)

It looks beautiful, good job!

Playing It Cooley

Alex and Jill February 28, 2011 at 4:14 am

Love this…so cute!

And I died laughing when I read, "I’ve been working on re-vamping my master bedroom. So far, it has taken me 7 years. I should be done pretty soon." HAHAHA! I've been re-vamping my master bedroom as well…for about 6 years.

Maggie February 28, 2011 at 4:21 am


Gina February 28, 2011 at 4:41 am

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jociegal February 28, 2011 at 4:50 am

Totally adorable. I love it!

Penny of This-N-That February 28, 2011 at 4:53 am

I love this, I am getting ready to make some changes in my bedroom, and I love this look. You did a wonderful job. Thanks for sharing all of your projects. I really enjoy seeing what you are doing.


Krystal {Blue Ribbon} February 28, 2011 at 5:37 am

Thats a great idea!! I've been looking for new lamp shades, but this is so nice!! (and much cheaper!!) thanks for the idea!

Linds@ THAT'S SO CUEGLY February 28, 2011 at 7:41 am

Eeek! That's beautiful!

Miranda February 28, 2011 at 7:46 am

I LOVE it! What great texture! Thanks for the tutorial. I've been looking for a good way to make over my lampshades in the master and this may just be it. Since it takes so long, I have to wonder if it's worth it….I'm so lazy…But they're so pretty!

" me " February 28, 2011 at 11:05 am


laxsupermom February 28, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Love this project! Your shade turned out beautiful! Love the texture!

"so far it has taken 7 years"
Ha! That's me and my whole house. Are you ever really done? Even when you're done, there's still that little tweak that needs doing. One of the reasons why I've never posted "finished" pics of my kitchen reno that happened nearly 3 yrs ago.

Thanks for sharing.

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia February 28, 2011 at 2:47 pm

OMG Chris, this is super cute!
Love the color of the lamp :)

Savor Home February 28, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Love this! I am here for the first time via Kristin's comment on her FB page. Lovely blog. It has taken me 3 years to even get the slightest idea of what to do with my bedroom. So it will probably take me 7 or more years to finish it, too. Now I don't feel so bad!Happy Monday!

Mindy February 28, 2011 at 3:41 pm

SO adorable! I love the texture (and the color of the base, actually!)

Carmel @ Our Fifth House February 28, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Oh that is sooo pretty! LOVE it!

Bossy Betty February 28, 2011 at 4:23 pm

So Cool! Great job! I am inspired!

alimoll February 28, 2011 at 4:31 pm

It looks just fabulous! I want to try this…but I'm chicken! :)

Stacy@{share and remember} February 28, 2011 at 5:49 pm

That looks really awesome!

Ariadna February 28, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Great idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i love it!!!!!!!!!

Courtana February 28, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Too cool, actually love the color that the lamp is right now, but look forward to seeing it updated, too!

lemondropdreams February 28, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Very cute! DO NOT touch the lamp, it's sooo pretty the way it is!

lemondropdreams February 28, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Very cute! DO NOT touch the lamp, it's sooo pretty the way it is!

Mom of 2 Cuties @ Sprinkles of Joy and Laughter March 1, 2011 at 3:20 am


Michelle L. March 1, 2011 at 4:06 am

I love, love that lamp base! The color is my favorite! I need one just like it for my room. Can you please tell me where you got it? Thank you!

~Mommy+Me~ March 1, 2011 at 4:21 am

Another cute idea. I don't know if I'd have the patience to do it though. You always have such great ideas to share.

I am hosting a giveaway party if you want to stop over!

tale of many cities March 1, 2011 at 3:34 pm

yes indeed, and i'm so happy it does! such inspiring folks to learn from and share with! great job on the lampshade!! :)

Jen-CraftOManiac March 2, 2011 at 2:43 am

Flipping AH-MAZING… and don't change the base color, its so perfect, and gorg. You had me laughing at the itch part, I get it totally. Wonderful DIY project. winks-jen

Heather March 2, 2011 at 2:47 am

That is just gorgeous! I sure wish I was that crafty!! Thanks so much for sharing! :)


♥ilovemy5kids♥ March 2, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Love this! I need to do something with my lamps…soon!

Lana @ ilovemy5kids

Barb March 2, 2011 at 6:37 pm

Wow Chris! I REALLY REALLY like this. Great job!!! I got a little confused on how you glued it, but will ask you later. Love Mom

Traci@ Beneath My Heart March 3, 2011 at 12:24 am

I saw that post too and loved that lamp shade. So glad you tried it. It looks great!!! :)

Delightful Order March 3, 2011 at 2:57 pm

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Jamie March 3, 2011 at 6:05 pm

I love the base color! The shade looks great.

Lisa's Creative Home March 3, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Very neat idea. Its so funky! I have a lamp I have been thinking about redoing the shade. I will have to keep this one in mind. So cool!

Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper March 3, 2011 at 9:12 pm

WOW is this ever great! I love the ruffly look. amazing

Bella Storia March 4, 2011 at 4:22 am

The shade looks awesome! I'm going to have to try the ruffle thing. But please!!! Don't change the color of the base. It's such a pretty blue! Don't do it! Turquoise lovers everywhere will weep!

Jennifer March 4, 2011 at 11:40 am

Wow! Amazing what some time, a glue gun and $2.99 can do. I love the texture this adds!

Brandy and Fam March 4, 2011 at 3:06 pm

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! I have an angled shade I wanted to do something with. I'll have to play with it and see if this technique would work. Thanks SO MUCH for the tips.

Sommer March 4, 2011 at 4:20 pm

I'm LOVING this! I've seen all over blog land this week and I want to make one sooo bad! Your poor fingers lol. I would be delighted if you would share this at my VIP party today as well.

Fabulous work!


House Sweet Home March 5, 2011 at 1:46 am

I absolutely love this! I am going to have to find a lampshade in my home that needs this. It's beautiful! And I completely understand as well about the burlap! I will itch for hours but it will be so worth it!

Kristen March 5, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Gorgeous! And I, too, love the color of the lamp base!

CherishedHearts Vintage March 7, 2011 at 5:16 pm

This is gorgeous! For this, I would pick up an iron. I hate to iron!

Thank you for sharing.

The Scrappy Housewife March 8, 2011 at 5:13 am

That is GORGEOUS! I love it. Found you viaThrifty Decor Chick.

Joy @ Thrifty Parsonage Living March 8, 2011 at 6:45 am

Very cute! Love the color of the lamp with the texture of the shade.

allenaim photography and design March 8, 2011 at 12:39 pm

never seen anything like this – love it!

Lucy Designs March 8, 2011 at 3:05 pm

that is gorgeous… I'm going to have to try this!

Something Nice and Pretty March 8, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Love the lamp and especially the shade! I'd love to try this because it is really unique!


service March 9, 2011 at 2:07 am

Love it, so cute! Do you think it would work with a fabric or ribbon that is not burlap? I'd love to add some color using this technique. Great job! :)

Jen T March 9, 2011 at 12:36 pm

I have done 3 from your tutorial and LOVE LOVE them! Mom saw mine and wanted lampshades done too! Burlap & hot glue is a hot mess but SO worth it. Thank you for sharing! JenT

Jessie March 9, 2011 at 7:48 pm

LOVE this lampshade! I'm going to have to create a room that needs this:)

Jeanee March 15, 2011 at 3:23 am

So cool!

I featured your DIY on my blog.


~ Jeanee

Krystal {Blue Ribbon} March 21, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Loved your lamp so much (and Mama Says Sew!) that I painted mine! I was also going to try the lampshade, but not sure I need it anymore now that the lamps have some life!

Andrea B May 4, 2011 at 12:41 am

I think it is adorable! I like the blue, but that's just me. This ia very inspiring project. Thanks for sharing. :)

COFFEE. CLEAN. CUPCAKE. May 4, 2011 at 4:36 am

OOOHHHH!! This is amazing! Truly! I LOVE it!! What an inspiration! I am in desperate need of new lampshades! And I think I will look no further! Thank you!

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted May 5, 2011 at 3:42 am

Simply stunning. This one's going in my favorite idea folder for sure! Funny…because I have been revamping my master for years too! I figured by time I finish it times will change and everything will be outdated and I'll start all over..LOL

HeathahLee May 10, 2011 at 9:54 pm

LOVE! Will think about this redo when we paint in our master bedroom. : )

katy May 11, 2011 at 1:11 am

very nice! love it

melissa July 5, 2011 at 4:32 pm

This looks fabulous! I will be doing the same thing to my daughters lamp in her room.

Chris July 5, 2011 at 10:03 pm

I’m so glad, Melissa! It’s a fun shade, no?

Leanne August 29, 2011 at 9:24 am

“So far, it has taken me 7 years. I should be done pretty soon. ” heehee… . ditto here. But I think I am finally getting somewhere with my living room. I am working on a photo gallery wall right now but as soon as that is finished I have two lamp shades that are going to look similar to this. :) Thanks for the inspiration!

Alisha Duncan September 6, 2011 at 2:52 am

Yes, indeed, so much inspiration in blogland!!! Thanks for sharing.

sarah September 20, 2011 at 5:22 pm

That is so great! i will be going to the fabric store tomorrow to start my new lampshades! thanks

Grace November 6, 2011 at 10:35 pm

Found your lampshade on it!! Was curious where you got the burlap, since it doesn’t look loike the normal burlap where I live ( brown and too loose & rough). Yours seems more the linen like burlap.

Chris November 6, 2011 at 11:25 pm

Great question, Grace. It is in fact the ol’ “regular” burlap. However, I think I found this either at Hobby Lobby or JoAnn’s. It is a lighter shade of it, but it’s still just burlap. Thank you for stopping by!

Grace November 8, 2011 at 1:27 pm certainly doesn’t look like it..Thanks for the info…

Melissa February 23, 2012 at 11:42 am

Great Job Chris…I am still chuckling to myself…you have a great sense of humor.
I would love to do this for my daughters room…I think this may be something that I can do…burnt fingers included:)

wendy ewurummm March 13, 2012 at 11:30 am

Hey Chris. I love your blog and that lamp colour is just beautiful. i’ll be doing this pronto.

Petals Daye April 5, 2012 at 11:01 pm

Can’t wait to do this, thanks for the great pictures. I also really like the lamp base Correction, I LOVE the lamp base!

Laura April 27, 2012 at 12:40 am

Love this! I love the lamp base too! I see it’s from awhile back, but where in the world did you get that from?!?! It’s beautiful!!

Kenzie May 9, 2012 at 4:37 pm

I am playing on making this for my room but I need a lamp to do it! Where did you get your lamp???? I just looove it but I cant find it anywhere! If anyone can tell me where to find it, it would be a huge help! Thanks!

Chris May 10, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Hi Kenzie! I found it at Marshals last summer. Good luck!!

Kenzie May 11, 2012 at 11:49 am

Thank you! I will be sure to look for it… :)

Kenzie May 9, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Oops. *planning* :)

Kathy July 24, 2012 at 8:28 pm

I’m just curious, if anyone knows the answer. When you use glue sticks on a lamp shade, will it not come loose when the light has been on for a while and it gets hot?

Chris July 26, 2012 at 10:52 pm

I’ve glued numerous lampshades, Kathy, and they’ve never melted. Perhaps it just doesn’t get hot enough for it? Just thought I’d let you know!

Kathy July 27, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Chris, thank you for your reply. I am so happy for your answer, I was just not sure and i have used tacky glue and it just didn’t do the job. I will use the hot glue from now on. Kathy

ginette g September 22, 2012 at 3:20 pm

This is genius!
I absolutely LOVE it!
Will keep it in mind, and I assure you, I will use the basic idea and run with it… already have an idea swimming through my mind…
Thank you!!!

Chris September 22, 2012 at 7:07 pm

And that’s exactly why I love blogging! While you might not use the exact idea, it gives you a jumping board for something else! Thank you!

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