Okay, onto the sentimental me part... I have a lamp that was mine when I was a little girl, but the lampshade was broken so I decided to use that lamp and just buy a new shade. No big deal, right? Well, after going to a few stores I realized that there aren't really a whole lot of cute shades out there that won't cost you an arm and a leg, which would defeat the whole purpose of saving money by using a lamp we already have (did I mention I like to save money too?). So, my mom and I set out to Old Time Pottery to see if they had anything since they have a ton of lamps. I found a lamp and shade that cost less than one shade at Target, so I decided to just buy that lamp and modify the shade to make it girly since they didn't really have anything that was made for a little girl's room. Here's where my craftinista comes in. Yes, I just made up a word and I like it. I bought some ribbon to trim the shade with. Here's what I came up with.
Here is a close up view of the top trim. All I did was fold the ribbon in half and then tie it around. I didn't even glue it. And then I trimmed the ends off after I tied the little bow. Super easy!
Here is a detail of the bottom trim. I had a ton of trouble with this because I just wanted it to be flat, but the way the shade is shaped it just wouldn't work. So I came up with this. I just folded the ribbon in half and then at every seem in the shade I twisted the ribbon and then glued it on. I actually think it looks kinda nice, just a little fancy touch.
Just a pic of the lamp with the light on.
Here is a pic of the glue I used. I also used it for a project I did where I added trim to the edge of my kitchen window valance. Maybe I'll do a post of that a different time.
Hope this inspires you to "make it work" if I may quote Project Runway. If you can't find the thing you're looking for then modify it or make it! Find your inner craftinista. Could I be more cheesy today?!