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Making a Ribbon Lampshade

Being a ribbon designer, I am always dreaming up different ways of how to use this versatile product, and love nothing more than picking up some old junk and transforming it….with the help of ribbon!

I’ve put together this little tutorial to make this pretty pastel lampshade.  You can either leave it plain, or add some fun pom pom trim to accessorise it. There are many important reasons to use light therapy, it brings the daylight indoors. mimic daylight by providing full spectrum light without the harmful UV rays. Full spectrum, or natural light, provides important signals to the body to help you relax, focus, and feel revitalized.

You will need your lampshade, glue and ribbon…I’ve used approximately 12 metres on this small 5″ lampshade (bear in mind you always need more than you think!).  In this project I have used our Peppermint and Pink Stripe Ribbon for the base.

I start off by taking all of the ribbon off the roll and stick the end inside the lampshade with glue. You may also find it helpful to leave a peg on the end for 10 minutes until the glue has dried.

You are then going to start threading the long ribbon around the base of the shade.  Make sure there is sufficient tension but don’t be too heavy handed.

Continue all the way round the shade, ensuring it doesn’t twist as you go along.  This does take some time so try and be patient!

When you have covered the whole of the shade, cut the ribbon and add a small amount of glue on the end, then pop a peg on it for 15 minutes.  You may have to do this several times if a multiple rolls of ribbon are involved.

You now have a classic looking lampshade which can easily be accessorised with brooches, feathers, buttons or trim.  For this project I going to add approx 50cm of pom pom trim to go around the base.

Add the trim with small amounts of glue, ensuring it is fairly straight around the base.  You can also add the trim to the top of the lampshade if you prefer.

Here’s the finished lampshade which will look fantastic in any room (including a children’s bedroom). You could do several in different colour ribbons and add them on to a chandelier… a favourite vintage look of mine.

In this project, I have used some Navy and Cream Stripe Ribbon which looks very nautical and fresh.  You can also add a zig zag of ribbon on the base as an alternative.  A small lampshade will take around 40-60 minutes to make including drying time, and is a wonderful addition to a home.

Here’s a handy little recap if you need some help on the way…………….Happy Crafting folks!…



  1. Rosa Paula on April 10, 2013 at 12:30 am

    It looks lovely! I don’t know if would be patient enough to do though…
    I’m huge fan of your work!
    Have a great evening!

  2. jane on April 10, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Thanks Rosa!

  3. Nikki pomeroy on March 4, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Hi your tutorial is very helpful thankyou . Can you let me know how you put the ruffle effect on the bottom of the blue and white one thanks again Nikki

    • jane on March 17, 2014 at 9:14 am

      HI Nikki You just zig zag the ribbon and stitch it as you go along

      • Tina on April 3, 2019 at 4:32 pm

        Great idea! My daughter recently moved into her own place and needed a lamp for her nightstand. Thanks to her four legged baby the one she had was knocked off onto the floor one time too many and crushed the shade. On taking it apart, I found it only had a top ring with vertical spines upward from the ring that goes at the base of the bulb section and a big ring at the bottom, but no vertical spines to connect the two. I’ve considered hot gluing bamboo skewers to connect them at the right length to be able to make the shade from burlap strips, then possibly remove them afterwards. Any better ideas on how to do it?

        • jane on April 24, 2019 at 11:09 am

          I’m sure you could find some handy lampshade tutorials/blogs to help with your project

  4. Bev Baker on October 29, 2018 at 1:53 am

    Love these. Still not sure about how the trim on blue and white stripe in done.

  5. Eva maetta York on February 18, 2020 at 5:35 am

    I love your ideas on these you have done a awesome job. Love all the things you do I’m gonna do my shades like this to

    • jane on February 27, 2020 at 3:50 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  6. Ann on April 12, 2020 at 3:22 am

    How I ❤️ this idea! Thanks so much.

  7. Doey on March 20, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    I have made a lampshade using your vintage red stitched ribbon and am looking for a yellow Pom Pom trim do you have any suggestions?
    Many thanks Doey

    • jane on April 6, 2022 at 9:17 am

      Hi Doey We do have some yellow pom pom in stock. If you’d like to drop us an email at, we’ll be able to assist

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    • jane on May 5, 2021 at 11:18 am

      Thank you!

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