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Crafts for home decor: FELT LAMPSHADE tutorial

Felt, Home and garden  |  September 20th 2011  |  0 Comment


Feb column Peter Ardito
I’ve been fixated on wool felt for most of last year and I thought I’d give it one last seasonal spin before moving on to the lighter materials of spring.   I decided to try covering a lampshade for my February column in Family Circle. I wasn’t sure how, or if, it would work but it ended up being surprisingly easy to work with and I loved the textural effect.

For the column I wanted to create a design that would be simple enough for a crafting novice to execute, but if you’re handy with a pair of scissors, there are plenty of options available to you. Designs reminiscent of Lotta Jansdotter’swork would be perfect for a project like this – easy, organic shapes that don’t require precision. If you want to cover an entire lampshade, I’d suggest working with paler colors so that you don’t block too much of the light.

If you like the idea of working with simple shapes like I did here, just cut strips of felt using a ruler, cutting mat, and rotary blade. To make the circles, trace around bottle caps or coins and then use pinking shears to cut around the edges of the traced circles.  You can then create a mock-up of your design before committing (see my working mock-ups below).  It’s an easy afternoon craft for both the novice and expert alike.


Lamp 1


Lamp 2

Lamp 3

Lamp 4


Title photo by Peter Ardito