Hi, y’all! I’m excited to be on The CSI Project today and share with you a tutorial to create an ombré lamp shade. But, before we begin I think introductions are in order.
I’m Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl and I’m on a very serious mission. My goal is to empower others to complete their own DIY projects. That’s right, that includes you! Whether it is crafts, sewing, home decor, home improvement, home repair or power tools — I’m going to teach you how you can do it too!
If you pop over to my blog, Pretty Handy Girl, you’ll learn
- how to replace an ugly electrical outlet
- how to make your own piping for cushions and pillows
- how to age and distress furniture
I also have been hosting a series called Tool Tutorial Friday where I teach you how to use power tools and other essential DIY tools. I hope you’ll join me sometime.
And now time to jump right into that ombré paint chip lamp shade tutorial!
Are you as nutso about paint chip projects as I am? I’m semi-worried that I might get arrested next time I’m pulling samples at my local paint department. Is there a law against taking too many?* Okay, so let’s just say that I have collected many samples over the years while contemplating room colors (which is true!)
*Paint chips may be free, but please use consideration when taking paint chips. Try not to take more than 2-3 of each color and definitely don’t take the last of a color. It might be a good idea to ask permission from the paint store employee if you need to take more than a dozen.
But, what do you do with all those left over paint chips once you have decided on your color? It seems a shame to throw them away, doesn’t it.
Why not use them to make a lamp shade?
I actually saw this lamp shade on JossandMain.com and thought, “Ooo Ooo Oooo! This gives me an idea of what to make with all those paint chips!”
- Lamp shade (best if it isn’t tapered)
- Paint chips
- Clear packing tape
- White paper tape (low stick)
- X-acto knife
- Cutting surface
- Metal ruler
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Start by laying out your paint chips side-by-side and organize them any way you like.
To judge how many strips you need, rest the seam of your lamp shade on the end of the paint chips and roll it until you reach the seam again. If you still have paint chips under your shade, then you have enough! I had one small gap leftover, so I added two of the same colored chips together so the small strip wouldn’t be as noticeable.
Butt the paint chip strips tightly together. Put paper tape on top of the chips to hold them together.
Gently turn them over and tape the seams with clear packing tape.
Once all the strips have been taped together, trim off the excess tape.
Measure the height of your lampshade and trim your paint chips to the same height.
Test fit your paint chip roll.
Use your hot glue gun to run a line of glue on the seam of your lamp shade. Glue the end of the paint chips to the shade.
Run a line of hot glue on the top and bottom edges of the lampshade and roll the paint chips around the shade. Secure the end by hot gluing it to the shade.
And that is it! A super easy and very colorful home decor project.
I think it is beautiful whether the light is off…
When choosing the paint swatches you wish to use, try pulling colors from a painting or use colors that are compliments to your wall color.
I hope I’ve inspired you to create your own. Speaking of create, I can’t wait to see what y’all whip up for the upcoming ombré challenge! Good luck.
~ Isn’t this fantastic? I love it. Thank you Brittany for sharing with us and I love, love your blog. Come back anytime!