Made-to-Order Lampshade

About two months ago, our cat was flying around the house being ridiculous, and knocked one of our matching lamps off the end-table in the living room. She broke the dang thing. Did I mention that they were matching?

Since I couldn’t find another lamp to match the non-broken one, I bought two new lamps, kept the lampshades (which were not damaged) and everything was fine. Except I still had one lamp with no shade left. And no place at home to put it.

But with a new office at the insurance agency where I work full time, I knew I could use it there. The problem was, I still had no lampshade.

So I spent several months looking for said lampshade, finally found the perfect one on Walmart’s website, and I ordered it (on clearance) for about $6. Wohoo, right?

Except when the box came, here’s what it looked like:

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Yeah. So you can imagine what the shade itself looked like. Pitiful. Unfixable. Sold out. Returned.

The search continued…with no results.

I finally decided to just get a plain lampshade and add some pretty embellishments.


I purchased a ribbon and what I call a “floofy” to add with the trusty hot-glue gun.

So I started gluing the ribbon on. Except I ran into a little issue.


The ribbon started to ruffle. I guess between the hot glue and the fact that the lamp was curved and not flat, it just didn’t lay straight. So I ruffled/pleated it on purpose instead!


Then I added my lovely “floofy”!


And here’s my final product, on the console table in my office, fixed atop the base!

Whatcha think? Have you ever pulled a few strings to make an item fit your decor?

100 thoughts on “Made-to-Order Lampshade

  1. Very cute idea! That is one craft I have not tried yet, though I saw Nate Berkus do a cool thing with a walmart lampshade, silk roses (also from walmart) and a hot glue gun. My daughter wants one and you have just given me the inspiration to go ahead and try it this weekend! Great job!

  2. And you’ll probably end up liking your custom one better than the clearance one anyhow! Great work – I don’t have the ‘eye’ for that kind of craft.

  3. I love DIY and your lampshade turned out really pretty! Good job there. God bless those sweet little fur babies and their playing habits around the house! We have 2 cats so I completely understand 🙂

  4. Great idea! The colors really flow well together. I have a few lamps without shades now. I just can’t bring myself to spend $20 on a shade for a lamp that will probably get wrecked during our next move. I’m always on the lookout for ones at the thrift store that I can revamp.

  5. Don’t you hate that! I hate ordering things and they dont come as they should or its the wrong thing. The good thing is that you improvised and made it work! Don’t you hate the burns from a hot glue gun!! OMGoodness! I have burned my finger tips a time or two and its not fun! Great job Kristen!

  6. So what I hear you saying is that your cat helps you know when to redecorate in less than ideal ways? I think this turned out splendidly!

  7. Well, I’m sorry about the cat knocking it over. Now though, you’ve got a really cute, completely original shade that you made yourself…and it’s awesome. 🙂

  8. I love how you can design it yourself! My dad burned one of our lampshade a month ago, and we’ve been scouring for a replacement! Thanks for the idea!

  9. This is too cute! Everything happens for a reason and if the Walmart box hadn’t been all messed up and lamp sold out, you wouldntve had this oh-so-cute lamp shade! I’m certain this one is much better than the wal-mart shade. 😉

  10. This was definitely worth the wait! I LOVE LOVE the Floofy!!!! I did similar with beads on an old lampshade years ago, I really liked the customized look. With the beads I glued them on the underside of the shade so I didn’t have the ‘ruffle’. I didn’t have a cat, so this wasn’t a temptation. I love this so much! You may have just found a new career in customized lamp shades!! Awesome inspiration 🙂

  11. I think it looks great! I hate when the post office is rough with packages. I always worry …. if I write fragile on them is that just begging for someone to throw it?

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