Episode 5: Lighten Up! How to Cover Lamp Shades

April 13th, 2010

Welcome to Episode 5! If you have a boring ol’ lampshade that could use a little of the “WOW” factor,  be sure to check out this episode sponsored by www.YouCanMakeThis.com . We’ll show you how to cover a lampshade with your favorite fabric! Plus, you’ll learn how to make a no-sew fabric-knot flower in our 2 minute craft countdown! Simply click on the video found at the top of this post!

This episode was made possible by our sponsor, www.YouCanMakeThis.com. If you love to craft, sew, quilt, scrapbook, crochet, paint, knit, well…just about ANYTHING “DIY”, then you’ll love the downloadable patterns and how-to’s at “YCMT”.  They are all created by women who have an expertise in an area. And with the step-by-step photos to help, you’ll feel like you have a friend sitting right next to you, showing you what to do next!

We have our first guest on the show, Kayleen, mother of three and owner of her own etsy shop, LuluBellsBoutique!  In addition to the video, Kayleen shares these tips when making your own lamp shade!

– The easiest type of shade to cover is a true “drum” shape. You can often find these at places such as IKEA or even Walmart.

– Think about how the color of your fabric will make the room look once the light is turned on. Sticking with a neutral tone will, more often than not, give off a nice light. Kayleen once used a grass green fabric that she thought would be beautiful, but said the room ended up looking like a swamp when the light was on! 😉

-Purchase your fabric after you have made your pattern. Find out how to make the pattern by watching the video above.


We have another fun giveaway this week! Two people will win, and two ways to enter!

Visit this week’s episode sponsor, www.YouCanMakeThis.com, and then come back to “The DIY Dish” blog and let us know one of the patterns you found at YCMT that you’d like to make! You could win a $100 gift certificate to YCMT! 

Plus, if you LOVE fabric like we do, you’ll love that our friends over at Material Girls Quilting is giving away a $100 fabric and pattern bundle! Do you love layer cakes, jelly rolls, and charm packs? How about 3 new patterns from Lila Tueller? Lila’s fabric is just gorgeous – and this Eden line just makes me happy. :)  You’ll get all of that, including Lila’s Eden fabric, in this $100 package. And all you have to do is watch this week’s “The DIY Dish” episode and leave a comment below! Now how fun is that?

And as a side note, Nadine, the owner of Material Girl Quilts in South Jordan, Utah, is one of the nicest people around. Seriously. I have no doubt that anyone who goes into her shop, leaves feeling like they just met a new friend. She really is that fantastic.

So two chances to win — simply leave 2 comments as described above. This giveaway is open to a world-wide audience, 18 years or over. (Void where prohibited.) Giveaway closes April 30, 2010.


Would you like to know how we made the burlap flower you see on the lampshade? Come back this week where we will post our “2nd Helping” post. We’ll show you how to make it and answer any questions you may write in your comments.

  • Mary Ann
    April 29, 2010 at 1:05 am

    Very nice job on the lampshade. You guys make it seem easy!

  • Bonny
    April 29, 2010 at 3:56 am

    LOVE IT!!!

  • Bonny
    April 29, 2010 at 3:57 am

    I would love to try the trendy full apron with some great retro fabrics – too cute!

  • April 29, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    The pattern I most want on my wishlist right now is the Amelia Tunic shirt for Women!

  • April 29, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Love the new episode, to cover a lamp shade. I don’t even own a lamp, but now I want one!

  • Beth
    April 29, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    I love the Tiered Flouncy Sundress Pattern at YCMT


  • April 30, 2010 at 5:43 am

    lmao cool info bro.

  • Christine Christiansen
    April 30, 2010 at 5:48 am

    I would pick any of the little girl skirts or an apron. I can’t decide which one to do first.

  • Christine Christiansen
    April 30, 2010 at 6:08 am

    I love the lampshade. I think it will give my room a whole new look. I can’t wait to go fabric shopping!

  • April 30, 2010 at 7:47 am

    I just love you guys. Thank you for teaching us all of your fun and creative ideas. I love http://www.youcanmakethis.com. I think they have the funnest crafting ideas. I love their dress patterns.

  • DeAnna Jensen
    April 30, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    I don’t have any girls, but I loved the easy fabric flowers. I’m sure I can find a lampshade somewhere to make over.

  • DeAnna Jensen
    April 30, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    I have a number of patterns on my wish list, but the one I really want to try is the ties for my 4 boys.

  • May 1, 2010 at 2:16 am

    I have been thinking about purchasing Cadie’s Wrap-Around Dress & Top pattern for some time now. I think if I am not the winner, I might have to cough up the cash.

  • May 1, 2010 at 2:19 am

    I enjoyed this episode the on covering a lampshade. It looks more simple than I expected. I need to hit some garage sales to find the perfect shade to cover.

  • May 1, 2010 at 2:50 am

    WoW! What a great idea. I am so going to use this!I am definitely peeking at her shop when I go and visit Utah in the fall!

  • May 1, 2010 at 2:54 am

    Love the Tiered Flouncy Sundress! or the Ric-Rack Cherries! So much to see over there!

  • May 1, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    What a great way to change a lamp shade! They made it so easy!
    Thanks for sharing!

  • May 1, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    So sweet!! The Strawberry & Watermelon Bibs are too cute and would be fun making!

  • Donna
    May 1, 2010 at 10:09 pm

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  • May 3, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    love it, Love it, Love It. LOVE IT!

  • May 3, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Wow – today isthe first time visiting your site. I need about 4 hours to go through all the great projects. Enter me in your drawing. The lampshade ideas are so chic – that blue one is sooooo awesome — you are such fashionistas — I am sure there is lots more to come!!!! I’ll be there

  • Ginger
    May 4, 2010 at 1:02 am

    I really want to make the SisBoom patterns. I can’t decide what to make first, the Patricia tunic or the Meghan peasant.

  • Ginger
    May 4, 2010 at 1:03 am

    I’ve never heard of Material Girl quilts, so thanks for bringing them to my attention.

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  • Diane M.
    March 2, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    love the lampshade video tutorial! .. adding the flowers is so adorable! Definitely redoing my lampshades with updated fabric!

  • Diane M.
    March 2, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    YCMT patterns are all so cute .. one of my faves is the “The DIY Dish “LOVE” Quilt – Wallhanging!” — would love to make this along with the lampshade “redo” episode for my girls room. Thanks gals for all the info and fab site!

  • August 4, 2011 at 3:31 am

    I have just discovered you two!…You both are adorable…and So full of inspiration…After each show..
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    I went to your blog….to make the burlap flower…can’t seem to find it…Can you tell me how I can make
    it..or lead me in the right direction?
    Thank you…You have inspired me..

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  • August 31, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    A great help, thanks girls. I now have confidence to decorate a beautiful old lamp shade. You have saved me a forture literally. My husband will be happy.

  • Patricia Champin
    February 9, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Dear DIY DISH,
    I’ve found the Episode 5:Lighten Up How to cover lamp shades, from April 13th, 2010.
    However, the video is not available anymore… Can you please post it again? I ‘ve read great comments about it!
    Thank you very much

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