Burlap Covered Lampshade in 4 easy steps!

Hi there, friends!  I’m having a ball this week on a mini-trip to St. Louis with a group of bloggers and dietitians where I’ve been learning so much that my brain is full.  Seriously…I can’t remember the last time I took so many notes in one day.  The nerd in me is loving it!  Did you know 1 cup of honeydew has the same amount of potassium as 1 banana?  Just one of the fun facts I learned on the #farmfoodtour  I’ll be sharing more soon.  If you didn’t catch it, I periscoped for the first time yesterday morning…You don’t want to miss that!

In other news, I’ve been busy planning a fun makeover to my Master bedroom and realized I never shared this post with you all.  It was previously on Sugar Bee Crafts and I figured I had better share it with you before I completely change the look of the lamps…again. Soon, the room will be a tranquil retreat rather than a tan box.

Today, I’m going to share how I covered my bedside lampshades…for next to nothing…with no sewing or glue!


I started with these basic lampshades that came with wall mounted lamps from Home Depot.  There’s nothing wrong with them besides that I thought they were boring….

lampshades before

 I looked for months for fabric, but never found exactly what I wanted.  Then I saw a picture of a wire lampshade frame covered in strips of ribbon…LOVED it!  Until I went to Hobby Lobby and looked at the price of ribbon…Yikes!  Of course ribbon was not on sale that week…or the next.  Ugh!

So here’s what I came up with…Same concept, but using what I already had on hand…Burlap…You certainly wouldn’t have to use burlap, though.  Any lightweight fabric would work…A mix of different patterns would be fun too!


1. Start by peeling off the existing fabric cover. 

2. There was some leftover glue and fabric fuzz, so I just wiped them off as best as I could.  They will be covered up anyway.

3.  Measure the height of the lampshade and cut strips of burlap approximately 4 inches longer.  The strips can be a width of your choice, but I cut mine approximately 1 1/2 inches wide.  Any wider and they may not stay tied.  The number of strips you will need will depend on the size of your lampshade and how tightly you want them spaced.

4. Wrap burlap strips around the lampshade leaving a space in between each.  Tie all of one side (top or bottom) and then reverse.  Add more burlap strips in the end if needed for fullness and coverage.

Here’s how they turned out…Fun, different and much more my style!

  DIY Fabric Strip Lampshade

If you liked this idea,you may also like these other easy decor ideas…

hers and his pillow covers made with a Sharpie!

{Hers and His Pillow Covers}


Word of the Year No-Sew Kitchen Towels  

{No-Sew Word of the Year Towels} 

Have an Amazing Day!

FINAL chick signature


Leave a Reply