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Scrap Ribbon Lamp Shade

By: Mark Montano

I didn’t really plan on making this lampshade today, but I was cleaning my craft room and my scrap ribbon bin was starting to overflow. If you’re anything like me, then you save every little scrap, button, swatch, or diddle you can get your hands on. It’s a habit I have never been able break! Well, in the case of today, it worked well for me. This lampshade will match any room because lets face it, if I had a kitchen sink to glue on it, I probably would have.

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Scrap Ribbon Lampshade


  • Tons of scraps of ribbon that are at least the length of the lampshade you want to cover
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Lampshade in need of some crafty lovin’
  • Braided trim for the top and bottom of shade.

Note: I like using braided trims or more flexible trims for the top and bottom edges of lampshades because they conform to the shape much more easily. Using ribbon can get very tricky and honestly, I’m just not that good at it………yet.


  1. Start at the top of your lampshade and using a very thin line of hot glue across the rim, attach one piece of ribbon to the top edge.
  2. Stretch the ribbon down and glue it on the bottom edge. You do not have to apply glue all the way down, just on the top and bottom edges. I tried it both ways and it works better this way.
  3. Starting at the top of the shade again, overlap the ribbon a bit and take it straight down to the bottom of the shade and glue it to the bottom rim.

    Glue Ribbons
  4. You’re getting the hang of it now!

    Glue to Button of Shade
  5. Continue this until you’ve gone all the way around the shade.
  6. Next you will take your braided trim and hot glue it around the top rim and bottom rim of the shade to cover up all of the raw edges.

    Scrap Ribbon Lampshade 4
  7. Put this shade in literally any room of your home. Trust me, it will find a way to match.
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This is a great idea. My granddaugther will want to do this to her lampshade; her's is just white. linda 2

I really like the idea of this Mark. Though my question to you is, how long will this actually hold up (glue & ribbons not fading) if one would use a 60 Watts lightbulb?

This is marvelous! I just put colorful curtains in my office and this idea will be a great look on my blah white lampshade!! Thanks!! You rock!!!!

Thanks for posting this one.. have had a lamp shade in the closet that needed something.. this will work out just fine! I got loads of ribbon trims to use up.

Neat! I have been looking for something like this. Thanks a bunch!

How clever! I really like it!

Great! I have leftover lace, ribbon etc etc. (scrap "hoarder") This has given me a slew of ideas. Why replace a lampshade when you can update an old one? The colors in this lampshade are just wonderful, how nice would that look in a childteens bedroom? Thank you!

i like this it looks so easy


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