All you need to make your own shabby chic lampshade: a wire lampshade frame (mine is a vintage one – it’s former shade was made of paper and got torn) and strips of white fabric. I got this idea at Halloween when my daughter dressed as a mummy – I had all these strips of fabric from that costume, and I hated to throw them out.
My fabric was already cut into strips (or ripped into strips, actually) when I made the mummy costume. I’d say you’d want to cut/rip your fabric in 8-10 inch wide strips. The strips then need to be cut to an equal length – long enough to wrap around the frame vertically once, then tied off into a knot.
You keep tying fabric strips all the way around the frame until all of the wire frame is covered.
First, let me say: my lampshade turned out a little more frou-frou than I meant it to. I will probably redo this with strips of muslin rather than the heavier cotton fabric I had on hand. I will also cut the strips a bit longer so the end hang down more rather than puffing out (that probably has to do with the thickness of the fabric, too).
I think it kinda overpowers this small lamp in my daughter’s room. And it kinda looks like I made it out of toilet paper in the above photo. Here’s a shot with the light on:
Perhaps I should stick to shopping for fabulous lampshades, rather than attempting to make my own! Here is a photo of the costume that spawned this frou-frou lampshade.
I guess that’s what happens when mummies go shabby chic!