Upcycling is one of the hottest and most environmentally friendly home decor trends. This shower curtain lampshade takes a fabric shower curtain that and gives it new life with only minimal effort! Create one shade for a specific lamp or several for a coordinating set.
For this project, you will need (per lampshade):
– One paper lampshade
– One fabric shower curtain in any color, texture, print, etc.
– Measuring tape
– Fabric marking pen
– Fabric scissors
– Krylon Spray Adhesive
– Small craft roller
– Ric rac trim in a coordinating color
– Hot glue gun and glue sticks
– Coordinating lamp
– Newspaper and/or a large drop cloth
To start your lampshade project, cover the space you will be crafting in with sheets of old newspaper and/or a large drop cloth. Lay the fabric shower curtain out flat on the workspace face down. Use a measuring tape to determine the amount of fabric needed to cover the lampshade. (This should be long enough to wrap around the lampshade and overlap by 1/4 inch on the backside.) Mark this measurement onto the back of the shower curtain. Very carefully cut out this measurement from the shower curtain piece with fabric scissors. Either discard the remaining fabric or use it for other upcycle crafting projects.
Spray the backside of the fabric piece using Krylon Spray Adhesive. Adhere the fabric to the outside of the lampshade, wrapping it around the shade and meeting the ends on the backside. Smooth the fabric on the lampshade with a small craft roller. Use a moderate amount of pressure with the roller to help secure the fabric in place. Allow the glue to dry for about an hour.
Heat up the hot glue gun. Cut two lengths of ric rac ribbon in a coordinating color. These pieces should be long enough to wrap horizontally around the lampshade at the top and bottom to create borders. (The piece at the top will be shorter than that at the bottom.) Adhere the ribbon to the lampshade with dots of hot glue. Once cooled, install the lampshade onto your favorite coordinating lamp and enjoy.
TIP: This is a great project to create matching miniature accent lampshades for a bathroom or hall table space. Also, consider making smaller shades for sconces, etc. from the remaining scraps of fabric shower curtain. Add additional details as desired. (I.e. other types of ribbon, tassels, rhinestone jewels, lettering, vinyl wording and/or quotes, etc.)