Wow, we have some amazing projects to get posted! Alison and I have been hard at work on some beauties!
Today’s project is a crepe paper lamp shade. Yep, you read that right. Crepe paper. Lamp shade.
A few months ago I was making a crepe paper garland and somehow it morphed into this idea and I have fallen in love with it. I especially love how this lamp shade looks like it could have come from a specialty store where everything is ridiculously over-priced. Knowing that it cost me less than $15.00 makes me love it that much more.
Let’s get started! For this totally amazing shade you will need:
-a hanging wire basket
-crepe paper (4-6 rolls depending on the length)
-yarn (if your wire basket doesn’t have horizontal lines around it)
-your trusty sewing machine
(and maybe some project fuel. diet mt. dew is my preferred choice.)
If you’re wire basket doesn’t have horizontal lines like this one doesn’t, you’ll want to use your yarn to create two additional “levels” on your basket. I just eye-balled it so they were evenly spaced apart.
Start by sewing folds in your crepe paper. They can be as big or little as you like.
The sewn crepe paper looks kinda ruffle-ly.
Decide how long you want your crepe paper strips to be. Cut ALL your strips the same length.
This is one of those projects that doesn’t look good until you’ve completely finished. Once your crepe paper strips are cut into the desired length, tape strips to the bottom circle of your basket. At this point the lamp shade looks like a ridiculous tentacled thing. Don’t give up.
The third “level” of strips is attached. Looking better, but still not great.
And here’s the amazing finished product!!
How fantastic is this?!
I love how long Alison made her crepe paper strips! Looks incredible!
Here is the one I made that hangs over our stairs. My crepe paper strips aren’t as long.
I love how the white looks, but I have wondered how different colored crepe paper would turn out.
Something to think about…