DIY Lampshade

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Looking for a bright idea? DIY a show-through shade.
  1. Tools:

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    -1 14-inch washer top metal lampshade frame and one bottom (available at craft stores)
    -Pad and pencil
    -X-Acto knife
    -Cutting surface
    -2 yards of double-sided adhesive paper (available at craft stores)
    -Scissors
    -1 ½ yards of fabric (we chose “Bottna" fabric in red, Marimekko.com)
    -1 ½ yards of 1-inch soutache ribbon trim (available at craft stores)
    -1 lamp base (WeAreSlip.com)
    -1 ½ yards wallpaper (we like “Flower Power," GrahamBrown.com)

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    1. Measure and record circumference of lampshade ring.

    2. Mark with pencil a strip of fabric 11 ½ inches wide by the circumference measurement plus 1 inch. The finished length of the shade will be 10 inches; 3/4 inches are added to each side for the seam.

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    3. Cut the double-sided adhesive and the wallpaper to 10 inches wide by the circumference measurement (no overlap).

    4. Cut eight strips of adhesive to a length of 14 inches and a width of ½ inch.

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    5. Place the adhesive on top of the reverse of the fabric, leaving ¾ inch at top and bottom. Peel off backing a couple of inches at a time to avoid air bubbles.

    6. Apply wallpaper as you peel off backing of adhesive paper. The pattern side should be facing you.

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    7. Lay wallpaper fabric side down. Apply ¼-inch strips of adhesive to the fabric, a ¼ inch above the edge of the wallpaper, for the entire length of the fabric. Repeat on the bottom edge of the fabric. This is to close seams around the frame.

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    8. With a partner's help, add the lampshade frames, starting with the bottom ring. While one person holds the ring at the long edge of the wallpaper, the other should simultaneously slowly peel off the adhesive and press the fabric over the ring.

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    9. Repeat Step 8 with the top ring, making sure that the washer inset is turned toward the inside of the shade (downward, when shade is upright).

    10. Fold final edge in one inch to make a clean seam.

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    11. Cut soutache 15 inches long. (Tip: soutache is really just a fancy name for decorative trim!)

    12. Attach one adhesive strip to inside and one to the outside of the top of the shade. Starting at seam, apply soutache to the outside adhesive. When you complete the circle, cut off excess soutache for a neat finish. Then fold soutache over top of lampshade, into the frame, carefully attaching to inside adhesive.

    13. Repeat for bottom.