Monday, April 9, 2012

Weekend Pajama Party: Burlap Rose Lampshade

I have such a love/hate relationship with burlap!
I LOVE the look but HATE the mess!
I decided to "forgive-and-forget" for this lamp update and love, love, LOVE the way it all came together. I've had a set of lamps for about 7 years that I haven't used since I moved into my new house a few years ago and revamped my style. Anyway, I got ambitious on my 4 day weekend {the perks of being a teacher} and this is how it came together.

What I Used:
3 yards of natural colored burlap
hot glue/gun
repurposed lamp and shade
Krylon spray paint in Blue Ocean Breeze

Here's the "before" of the lamp. 
It's not too shabby, just a little too traditional for my house these days.
 First, I covered the cord and lamp structure with tin foil and spray painted it one of my favorite accent colors...Blue Ocean Breeze.
That was the easy part! 

Then, onto the burlap roses. 
I started by cutting 46-inch strips of burlap--this was the bolt width. 
{Click HERE for a tip on cutting burlap in straight lines.}
The strips varied in widths from 1 & 3/4 inches to about 2 & 1/2 inches.  I was able to make 3 roses out of each long strip of burlap. 
{Click HERE for directions on how to make the burlap roses.}

My lamp shade is about 11 inches tall and has a 36 inch diameter at its widest spot.  I made about 80 roses to cover it. 
If you want to make fewer roses {I recommend this!} I suggest cutting wider strips of burlap and making larger roses.
Gluing the roses on is the best part!
You'll need to cut off the "stems" of the roses so they will glue flat.
Another suggestion is to glue the roses around the top and bottom edges of the lampshade first. 
Then glue the remaining roses in.
I was so happy giddy when I glued in the last roses and put the lamp together. 
This project was totally worth the time and mess.  Plus, since I already had the lamp and spray paint, this project cost me less than 10 bucks! 
Even if you don't tackle burlap roses, I hope this project inspires you to repurpose something you love, but haven't used lately, to make your world a cuter place too!

Have fun!
~Cindy Jane

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33 comments:

  1. Super cute!! Does the thickness of the burlap affect the brightness of the lamp? I'm guessing it makes it dimmer but is it still bright enough?

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    1. Ooh, good question! :) I just tested it out and compared it to the other one in the set. It doesn't affect it much at all and it looks kind of cool because it lights up the roses.

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  2. Wow! I love this lamp! Very nice job! Liz

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  3. How beautiful! you did an amazing good job on that. I'm happy I found your wonderful blog I'm now following on linky, I would love it if you came to visit me and share this and any other things you would like to share at my party. @ http://www.arosiesweethome.com/search?updated-max=2012-04-08T19:30:00-07:00&max-results=7
    Thanks
    Rose

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    1. Thanks for following Rose! We linked up on your super cute blog! Thanks for the invitation. :)

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  4. Love this!!! The color of the burlap and the lamp looks so nice together.

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    1. Thanks so much Amanda! It feels so nice to have spring colors out again! :)

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  5. I love this! I have a lamp that I have been needing to redo for my daughter's room... I think I will try this! Thanks so much for sharing at our linky party! I love it!

    -Heather
    Stringtown Home

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    1. Thanks for hosting a great linky party! Let us know if you tackle this fun project! :)

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  6. This is awesome! I pinned it ;) I'm going to make this one for my bedroom :)

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    1. Thanks for pinning! You'll love this if you make one. I smile every time I walk past mine. :)

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  7. Oh yes, I must have one too. Super cute. I have had my issues with burlap too but I am also willing to give it another try.

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    1. Haha! I'm glad I'm not the only one with burlap issues. Totally worth the mess though.

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  8. What a beautiful lamp~Love all the burlap roses!

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  9. This is absolutely gorgeous! The burlap roses are incredibly perfect! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

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  10. This really is adorable!! Love the texture of the burlap and the size of the roses is just perfect! What a great transformation!!! I'll be finding a lampshade soon!!!

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  11. I agree it was worth the work. It came out great. Would love to have one myself. Linda

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  12. That is so cute--what a great job you did! Thanks for showing how to do it:)

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  13. This lamp is so pretty! I love it! Thank you so much for linking it to my Dare to Share Party. I am pinning it to my home craft board and to facebook. I hope you come back this week and share some more of your wonderful ideas.

    Pam
    http://pamspartyplanning.blogspot.com/

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  14. I love it - the color, the roses...perfect!

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  15. I have the love/hate with burlap too! I have to say that I love the way burlap projects turn out and your is no exception! The lamp and shade look great! I love the roses. Thanks for sharing your project at the Rock N Share! I am following via LF and I shared this post on my FB page tonight...oops this morning. G'night

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    1. I'm so glad you like it! Yay! Thanks for sharing it on Facebook and for following! :)

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  16. Oh, I don't even know where to begin with how much I love this lamp! The burlap roses are so pretty and the lamp stands shape is gorgeous oh and you painted it my favorite color! haha :) You did a wonderful job, I am featuring you at Sunday Round Up, come on over and grab a featured button! http://www.kaylascreationsblog.com/2012/04/sunday-round-up-5.html
    - Kayla :)

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    1. Thank you Kayla! I'm glad you liked it...it's my favorite color too. :) Thanks for featuring it! That means a lot!!!

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  17. How cute is that! Greta idea. I'm with 'ya....I have a love/hate relationship with burlap!

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  18. Wonderful lamp, I think I'm in love! I love how the burlap roses gave the lamp a lot of texture and new curvy lines :)

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  19. My sister says I have a 'thing' for lamps....I love how you did this shade....and knew I recognized the Krylon color....just how many hours did it take to do the roses? Looks great!

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    1. It took about 10 hours. Mine were pretty small though. I liked the proportions with the lamp/shade, but bigger ones would have been a huge time saver. It's definitely a project to do in front of the tv....but I'm glad I did it. :)

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  20. A totally adorable transformation, Cindy Jane! What patience and perseverance you must have to have spent ten hours on those little roses. But they definitely make the lamp unique. ;)

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. Be sure to stop by tonight, and see yourself featured.

    Blessings,
    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

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  21. Hi girlies,
    I think I'm in love with your blog! And Cindy, the lamp is just so gorgeous! ♥
    I'm your newest follower now. :)

    {lots of love}
    Roudi c-is-for-craft.blogspot.com

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