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How to Make a Lampshade with Photos to Fabric Transfers

Ready for a bright idea? Here's how you can make a lampshade with photos to fabric transfers! It's simple and you will enjoy the glow!

You might recall, I showed you my DIY Lampshades, but never posted a detailed tutorial on how to make a lampshade with photos. I'm passionate about lighting (see my DIY Lamp Made with Driftwood Branches) and just love how the photos look on fabric and glow at night. Just imagine all the designs you can create with your photos. This could be a favorite beach vacation photo or a Free Printable Picture!


Here's what you need to make a lampshade. An inkjet printer, preferably one that uses pigment inks. They are much more fade resistant than dye based ones. A self-adhesive lampshade, 8.5 x 11 cotton inkjet fabric sheets (I bought both at Michaels), scissors, decorative ribbon (rope or twine) and regular white glue.

The process is quite simple. Start with the photos to fabric transfer. Print out your favorite photo four times onto a sheet of inkjet fabric. Or use 4 different photos to create a composition, like I did with the lighthouse lampshade. Remove paper wrapping from lampshade and cut into four even pieces. Use the pieces as templates to cut fabric sheets to size. Then peel off backing paper from each fabric sheet and stick to the lampshade, going around. Last step. Glue ribbon along the vertical seams and decorate top and bottom edge of lampshade any way you want. Then clip it on your lamp and enjoy the glow!

And to achieve the perfect glow, use a fader switch! This is a snapshot of my NYC apartment -sea in the city!

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Tips:
Print your image on paper first to make sure you like the pattern or the composition.

When cutting the fabric sheets, leave a bit of extra fabric so that you can overlap the sheets slightly. Also leave extra fabric on top and bottom. It's easy to trim off later.
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1 comment:

Lili said...

Thanks for this tutorial Maya! I really enjoyed getting a peek of your NYC apt...so cool...makes me want to see more!