Recently I went on a whole DIY rampage around our apartment. I upcycled lampshades (multiple), upgrade shelves, made fury cushions, pillowcases and on and on. I am still in the process of upgrading some other pieces of furniture and decor that we have. So, I decided to share with you some of these projects.
And we start with my super plain and dull table lamp. I had this table lamp for a long time. I am pretty sure I got it second hand from someone, at this point I can't remember from who. Either way, this Plain Jane needed some sprucing up. When it comes to DIYs, I try to select the cheapest tools, because it would defeat the purpose of the DYI if the money you spend on buying all the supplies would cost more than a new item.
This is how the lamp looked like at first.
For this DIY, I sketched a few ideas in my bullet journal. I knew I wanted to use either tassels or pompoms. I was trying to decide if I wanted to use gold, copper, or white colors. This lamp sits on my vanity table in the bedroom. I am in the process of slowly upgrading our bedroom into light and white colors. So, in the end, I decided to choose a white color for decorations. Since it will be white on white, I could play with textures. I measured the length of the top of the shade and the bottom, so I knew how much of ribbon I needed to buy. I went to Jo-Ann's store for ribbons. You can usually buy ribbons cheaper on Amazon, especially when it comes to pompoms and tassels. But the downside of this, you can't really know how the item will look IRL. So, instead, I got the coupons on Jo-Ann's app, you can also print them from their website. They always have 40% of a regular price item and 20% of sale items usually.
I picked 2 ribbons- a white one with black dashes and a white pom-pom one with black criss hatchings. They matched each other pretty nicely. The white with black dashes was about $2, but the pompom one was pricier as I expected, I think it was around $7. But I used my 40% coupon on the whole purchase..
The actual DIY is pretty simple. You will need:
hot glue gun
After I dusted off the lamp, I unscrewed the lampshade of the lamp.
Then, I cut the ribbon the desired length with a bit of extra length to tuck in.
You want to fold the ends of the ribbon so that you have a clean edge. I used a hot glue gun to secure the ribbon, and it was all done!
The whole thing took me probably 15 minutes.
And now my Plain Jane is looking pretty hot. What do you think?