Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Rag Trim Lampshades and a Heart Wreath~Tutorial

Recently I've been having
so much fun with rag art.
 
From the baskets I've shared
to the trim on my lampshades,
I am loving the farmhouse
shabby style.
 
 
 
For the lamps on my living room hutch,
 
I picked this fabric
in a paisley design
with ivory background and tan details.
 
 
Starting with 2 inexpensive lampshades  I found at Walmart,
I began this project.
 


Getting started,
I layout the fabric
and rip several long strips
the length of the fabric
and about 5" wide.
 
This will vary depending on the yardage you have .


 
Cut a starting notch first~
 
 
Then tear the strips by hand.

 
Begin tying the 5" strips in half.
 
It takes a bunch~
so you'll need enough to go
around the bottom of the shade.
I didn't count how many I used,
but it was about 40+ for each.
This will change depending on the shade size.
 

 
Once all the torn strips are tied,
you begin hot gluing them to the bottom
of the shade lining up the knots of each
close to each other for fullness on the trim.
 
Keep going around the edge till complete.
 
You can change the direction the strips hang
by fluffing  them up or down by hand.
 
 
 
For now I left the edge
untrimmed.
I want to live with this a bit
before deciding if the rag strips
should be shorter.
So far, I am liking the trim longer
and fluffy.
 
So cozy with the lights on.

 
This was fun to do
and for very little cost.
The torn fabric
gave these old and similar
lamps a new look.
 
 
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While I was on a roll with this project,
I created a heart shape wreath too.
 
Using unbleached muslin,
I tied the strips of torn fabric,
on a wire clothes hanger shaped into a heart
and added a pretty ribbon.
 
Love it here on my vintage window.

 
Thank you for stopping by.
Hope you found this project something
you might try.
 
There are so many possibilities
depending on the fabric you use.
How about a wreath for spring
using a pretty floral print fabric.
 
Let me know what you come up with.
 
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I also want to take the time to
thank all new followers.
So nice to meet you.
 
Till next time.
 
Have a great winter day.
Celestina Marie
 
joining
 
 
 


 


 
 
 


38 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

What afantastic ide, the lamshades look great, I think the length of the strips is good. And love the heart wreath, wow! Hugs, Valerie

Bente said...

Wow, the lampshades looks so beautiful. A great idea.

Hugs

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

They look terrific. I have a couple of shades that need something done to them. New ones are almost as expensive as the lamps. They look very good and so does the wreath.
Thanks so much for sharing.
Have a great week.
Mary

Альбина Рассеина said...

Good tutorial. Beautifully turned out.

DJAjewels said...

Great project Celestina ... as always you are inspirational with your designs and projects!
Irene

Julie Marie said...

Oh my gosh Celeste, your lampshades and heart wreath turned out gorgeous!... the lamps are so pretty, especially turned on... and your heart wreath looks perfect there!... how on earth do you make a wire hangar into a heart shape?... I'm going to try!... xoxo Julie Marie

Marcia Pilar said...

I'm absolutely loving these rag trim projects, Celeste. I like the length too. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.
xoxo's

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Hi Celeste!

Your lamp makeover is amazing! Love what a change it made in lampshades and the feel of the room. So warm and inviting when the lights are on. Great photos of that. The heart wreath is such a nice compliment to the room too. I like the fabric you used for the strips on the lamp shades. Adds a sweet touch.

I'm busy creating in my studio with some new trims that have freshened up my creative edge. It's so fun when something inspires you. You have been on fire with inspiration!! I Have really been enjoying your posts on changes that can freshen up our look at home!!

Blessings & love, Edie

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Very pretty, Celeste! You know I am a fan of updating lampshades. : ) Love the strips of fabric added to the bottom of these. I also love your fabric heart. I should really do one of these because I'm sure I have a wire hanger in one of our closets and I have plenty of fabric. This might be a good project for me to do when the snow hits tonight and into tomorrow morning!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home said...

The shades and the wreath are so charming. I love this!

1CardCreator said...

Beautiful lamp shades Celeste, and the heart wreath is gorgeous too! Thanks so much for sharing how you made them too. ~Diane

DeeDee said...

beautimuss,,,,, si fresh looking.. Stay warm this week Celestina....

Donna said...

What fun projects, Celestina! Your lampshades are so pretty, and I am loving your wreath! Great idea to use the coat hanger for a base. Bet you are ripping strips of fabric in your sleep:)

Old Time Cindy said...

I'm fond of your wreath...I made one just like it last week and hung it on my tobacco basket. I'll have to show it on my blog so you can see it.

Nancy said...

Celeste, I Love these!! I love the way they pull your eye to the whole area!! You got me hooked on this rag style thing with the Baskets~ I started Blogging again, 2 this week, I must not be feeling well ;)

Huggs,
Nancy

Sola Scriptura said...

Beautiful! And it looks so easy to create this look. I really like the material you used too. Lovely :)

Heaven's Walk said...

Sooo sweet, Celeste! I'm just loving that darling little heart! Thanks for the great tutorial on both of these charming projects!

xoxo laurie

Createology said...

From simple inexpensive beginnings you have created unique custom boutique pricey decor that is divine. I do love your style dear...

cynthia lee designs said...

Love the rag trim on your lampshades...so cute and shabby farmhouse chic!!
hugs,
Cindy

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

So sweet and simple but looks so fantastic! I adore the heart wreath too.

Weekend-Windup said...

Your work is wonderful. Lamp is having a very good look with your hand made cover for it.

Jan Tanis said...

Perfect! Love the Heart...and the lamps. Really adore that beautiful clock with the Birds!! ♥

Jan Tanis said...

Perfect. The Lamps and the Heart Wreath are gorgeous. I adore that Bird Clock, too! ♥

Wanda said...

Hello Celestina, the Lamp shades are ADOr-able... But I am in love with the clock. Did you do it? Saw your comment on Marie's blog and I too love the faux cakes so darling. Hope everything is going well with you and you are creating up a storm. big hug

111 LaLa Lane said...

So very cute!

Melody Brown said...

Hi Celestina!
Love the lampshade redo's. I'm glad you saw the new paper party. I have tried to think of things that'd get more people posting.

Rosemary and Thyme said...

Love this idea and the possibilities. Your fabric is very pretty and the neutral tone makes it perfect for any decor. Thanks for sharing.

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Your lampshades turned out so pretty, and your hutch is a beautiful piece!

Denise said...

Gorgeous.

Melanie said...

I want to try both! Found a couple of leftover wire clothes hangers, since I dont use them for hanging clothes, this is a great idea!

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

These turned out so awesome Celestina! I love both the lamps and the heart! Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a lovely week! ~Deborah

Shelia said...

I love that pretty lampshade you made. You are just so creative! Your hutch is so nice too. I love seeing all that you come up with. Thank you so much for your visits to see me and I appreciate you more than you'll ever know.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Betty W said...

I just love the fabric you chose and the lamps look pretty and so does the heart.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Celeste...I love the fabric you used and the adorable shabby look, I would love to make a wreath out of it like you said! Your house is so beautiful!

Carol

Laurie Ritchey said...

Your lampshades have such a pretty and flirty look, and I love that V'tine wreath! laurie

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

I just wanted to let you know that I will be featuring this at What We Accomplished Wednesday this week. Have a happy day! ~Deborah

Dragonfly Treasure said...

OMG! They look so cute! and such an easy way to get such a different look. I have an old window that been up ..oh for about 3 yrs., that I'm still deciding what to do with! Yeah, sometimes, most of the time, life gets in the way and then I get stagnant and my create side dries up....yuck! BUT I love the rag heart. I just may have to borrow your idea! :) Thanks for sharing!
Wishing you a great day!
*hugs*deb

Cathy said...

Oh my, what a simple and cute idea to dress up lamps and almost anything... Love it... Cathy