This crafty Valentine Ribbon Woven Lampshade craft project is a great way to use leftover ribbon you have from decorating for Valentine’s Day. You can use any old or damage fabric lampshade as the base for this project to save money. I like to use a ribbon that is at least 1 to 2 inches wide for this fun craft project.
To make a Valentine’s Day Ribbon lampshade you will need:
Small Fabric Lamp Shade (can not be taller than your pencils)
Ribbon ( a few yards)
The first step is to cut your ribbon to length. Simply measure how far the space is from the top of your lampshade to the bottom of you lampshade. Cut your ribbons about 1 inch longer than this.
Now, cut your other Valentine’s Day ribbons so that they are long enough to wrap around the lampshade.
You will have 2 different lengths of ribbon. The size of your lampshade will determine how man pieces you need.
Now, you need to completely remove all of the fabric from your damaged or existing lampshade. Start by poking some scissors through the fabric, then cut away. Once you have the body of the fabric removed then start working on the material wrapped onto the wires. This will take some time, but is a great way to save a little money and salvage and exiting lampshade.
Tip: If you don’t have a damaged or existing lampshade you want to get rid of you can buy these wire frames of a lampshade at any lampshade store. Some arts and crafts stores will also sell them.
Now, you need to take your lampshade and roll it on a piece of acetate and trace it. This will be the inside of your lampshade after you install the ribbon leftover from Valentine’s Day. This will keep this lamp from being a fire hazard.
Now, take your first piece of Valentine’s Day ribbon. Place a line of glue on the upper and lower round wires of the metal lampshade frame. Press the ribbon in place vertically, like a line running up and down the shade. Fold the top end over for a finished look. Be sure to glue it down on the inside as well.
Hold the Valentine’s Day ribbon in place on the lampshade until the glue cools. You could also use epoxy glue for this easy lampshade craft project.
Now, add some more to your lampshade wire right next to the first Valentine Ribbon . Press a second Valentine Ribbon piece in place and hold until set.
Now, continue repeating this process all the way around the lampshade. You can space them however you would like. I recommend placing the ribbons directly next to each other with. This way you won’t fid yourself staring at the bulb of the lamp.
Now, once all of your vertical ribbons are in pace you can start weaving the horizontal pieces. Start at the back of the lampshade in the bottom. I like to use a straight pin to hold one end f the ribbon in place. Now , stat weaving. When you reach all the way around cut any excess ribbon off and glues the two ends together to hold it in place.
Repeat until the whole lamp is woven.
Now take your piece of acetate. Glue it in place with some hot glue after you have applied all of your ribbon.
Tip: For a really checkered board look use two different colors of ribbon. For a whimsical look try using all different colors that fit the Valentine’s Day theme.
Always use a low watt bulb and never leave the lamp unattended.