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DIY Lampshade Makeover With Floral Scarf

One of the easiest ways to add some personality to any room is by amping up the fun factor with your lamps and lampshades. This diy lampshade makeover is pretty quick and easy, and the only tools you need to get it done are a glue gun and a pair of scissors.

My lace stenciled blink makeover that I shared last week added some color and pattern to the living room windows.

And moving on with my living room makeover this lampshade is another fun and colorful project that will look beautiful against my white painted walls.

DIY Lampshade Makeover

close up of living room white fabric lampshade on brass floor lamp

Here’s a before of the $2 thrifted lampshade that I recently found for our $5 thrifted living room floor lamp.

The lampshade that came with the lamp had a plastic frame that went all brittle and basically fell apart.


supplies needed for lampshade makeover includes a translucent floral scarf some tassels and glue gun

All I needed for my diy lampshade makeover was this pretty floral scarf that I got for 50 cents, and my $1 roll of pink tassel trim.


Gluing Floral Scarf on to Lampshade

starting to glue the floral scarf onto the lampshade

This scarf is about 18″ wide, but the lampshade is only 12″ tall.

So I had two choices: either cut the scarf to the size of the lampshade for a fitted look, or use the difference in width as an opportunity to let myself go creatively.

The former would be much more difficult because of the shape of the lampshade. So I opted to go with the easier latter route, which gave me a more fun and relaxed look.

I started by gluing one end of the scarf to the piping along one of the vertical frame ribs.

Because we’re wrapping the scarf around a long narrow scarf is best.


finished gluing one end of the scarf to one vertical piping section

I made my way all the way down, gathering the scarf as I went.

It looks a little messy right now but it will clean up nice when I’m finished.


gluing the scarf along the top of the fabric lampshade before the piping trim

The I glued the top edge of the scarf around the top of the lampshade.


finished view of scarf glued along the top of lampshade

I glued the top edge of the scarf all the way around the top of the lampshade, just below the piping trim.


gluing the scarf along the bottom of the lampshade above the piping trim 2

Then I glued the bottom edge of the scarf to the bottom of the lampshade… just above the piping trim.


gluing the scarf along the bottom of the lampshade above the piping trim

When your’e doing this there will be excess scarf material in the middle area.  Make sure to keep that loose material out of your way so it doesn’t get glued in by accident.


pulling scarf in to the seam at the back and gluing along where the front end of scarf was also glued

Once you’ve glued all the way around the top and bottom it’s time to gather and glue this scarf end just like the front end.


cutting off the excess scarf piece after gluing the other end of scarf where the front end was also glued

Once that’s done you can cut off the excess scarf material.


seam at the back where both ends of the glued floral scarf meet along a vertical piping section

Then using your glue gun you can clean up where the scarf ends meet until the seam looks something like this.

It doesn’t have to be perfect because it will be at the back, but you do want it to look nice.

Gluing Tassel Trim on to Lampshade

gluing tassel trim across the bottom and top of lampshade

To add the tassel trim to the top and bottom use your glue gun…


gluing pink tassel trim across the bottom and top of lampshade

… and make your way around.


finished floral scarf lampshade makeover with tassel trim

And here’s my finished lampshade. When I was gathering and gluing the scarf at the back I looked at how it was affecting the front as I went along.

I really wanted it to have a soft pretty look at the front, but not gathered so much that you can’t see the flowers.

I think I accomplished that.

You’ll notice that I glued my trim on the top so that the tassel is falling from the top rather than the bottom. This was just a personal choice so the top tassels didn’t stand out quite so much. Also, I can easily cut them off in the future if I want to.


close up of living room white fabric lampshade on brass floor lamp

So, here’s my plain and basic lampshade before.


Finished Floral Lampshade

Finished floral lampshade makeover using floral scarf and tassel trim

And the fun and funky after.

The gold of the lamp stand wasn’t working for this color-loving girl so I spray painted it a berry pink to match the shade.

Now the whole thing really pops against the white wall.


Floral scarf lampshade with light coming through the translucent scarf

The material of the scarf that I used is translucent so the light filters through it beautifully.

The inside is still white so the light is still perfect for reading.


set of two green wing chairs with decorative pillows and matching ottomon before lampshade makeover

Here’s my living room seating with the green wing chair set that I recently found.


floor lamp and lampshade makeover after with green wing chairs

And here’s the seating area at night with the new floral shining light.

What I really loved about this floor lamp when I found it is that there’s an arm for the lampshade so it can be moved around to shine closer to one of the chairs when only one of us is reading, or over the center area when we both are.

It always had plenty of light, but now it’s blooming with personality.

Scarves are one of my favorite things to repurpose. They can be found pretty cheap at thrift stores and garage sales… and be used in so many ways.  If you enjoyed this project you can see more repurposed scarf projects here.

Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!



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  1. ColleenB.~ Tx. says:

    Oh Mighty Clever One; that is really pretty and darn cute to boot.

  2. Mary Boger says:

    So cool! Having just spent a lot of time on line looking for a lampshade I think this is wonderful. I ended up with a pleasant one from Lowes. It works but not so much in personality like yours. Your living room is really getting a makeover. You are so inspiring!! ?

  3. This is really, really pretty! You make it look so easy to do. I am pinning this to my Lampshade board!

    1. Thanks AnnMarie! The most difficult thing was finding a scarf that I loved to use. I appreciate the pin!

  4. Love everything about this! The scarf is incredible! I never find them down here at thrift stores……can’t hardly find them at regular stores, either! Unless you want to pay an arm and a leg. Absolutely darling. If i ever find a purple floral one, I’m going to do my bedroom lamp!!! Again, you have inspired me!! Dona

    1. Thanks so much Dona! I’m sending you some of my thrifting luck so hopefully you find your purple scarf some day soon. 🙂

  5. That is absolutely lovely! I’ve got a few of those to makeover. If I can EVER find the time!

    1. Thanks Shirley! I know lack of time can definitely be a problem. I can certainly relate to that. 🙂