Friday, August 26, 2011

Tutu Lamp Shade {& tutu-torial}

 I bought a pink lamp at a thrift store for a couple bucks a while back.
I thought it would be cute in my daughter's room.

 It had a cream shade on it that was probably once cute.
The glue was yellowy-orange in places,
there were stains on it,
and it was pretty shabby.

The lamp has sat "AS IS" on my daughter's table for almost a year.
Until yesterday...{note: I did rip that top wasn't sitting in her room that shabby}

I wanted to make her a tutu lamp.
There's something magical and graceful about ballerinas,
I think that's why many girls dream about becoming one...
I have made a couple tutus in the past when my daughter was first born:

They are super super easy!  I first decided on how long I wanted the "skirt" part to be.
I decided on 10 inches because I wanted a little overhang on the bottom of the shade. (plus you can always cut it shorter, but can't make it longer)

I cut strips twice that long (20 inches) because the tulle is doubled up when you tie it.
Last time I made a tutu I bought the tulle that comes in a roll that is already 6 inches wide.
This time, I just cut them 6 inches wide myself.

The great thing about cutting all of these strips is that you don't have to be perfect and precise in your cuts.
I REPEAT, you DO NOT have to be PERFECT!

I'm not sure how many strips I cut, probably around 70ish
It will vary depending on how big and frilly you want it :)

I used a hair headband elastic to tie the strips to. 
It's the perfect size and I didn't have to sew anything together!
It also doesn't matter what color because it gets covered up anyway
You can see I used blue...

 {tip: make sure it's about 2 inches smaller than what you need because it stretches after all the knots!}

NEXT STEP: go to a comfortable place {couch} and watch a TV show {Nate Berkus} and tie the tulle strips to the elastic.

Fold the tulle in half and tie a loop knot. 
{tip: make all of the knots go the same way}

It should look something like this:

You can leave them loose if you wish, but I chose to tighten mine quite a bit. This makes a fuller, puffier tutu because you can fit more on.

By the end of the TV show, you should have completed filling the full loop of elastic with tulle strips all the way around.
unless you accidentally got so caught up in said TV show that you didn't "work" the entire time...
then it may take you another show...
I'm not necessarily saying it happened to me, but it could happen...

 Silly me, I was about to go to the fabric store to replace the cream fabric
when it dawned on me to, 

I already had a bottle of Krylon Ballet Slipper pink in the garage so I raced outside and doused it a few times.
{after taking off all those pearly beads, of course} 

I covered the top part of the shade with some pink ribbon I had on hand using my glue gun.

I fitted the lamp shade with the tutu skirt, trimmed up some of the edges, 
and finished her off with a purdy pink bow!

It's big and puffy but I like it that way!

 Linking to:

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  1. How did you know my daughter has been BUGGING me for a tutu lamp?! We saw some at Hobby Lobby and now I HAVE to make one for her. Thanks for your tips, your is Super duper cute!

  2. I love it!!! I will have to make some for my daughters.

  3. Supper cute! Makes me wish I had a little girl to make one for. Hmmm, I do have a niece on her way though!!!

  4. I seen your link at Funky Junk and had to come check out your lamp. It's just too cute and my daughter would love one! I might get up the motivation to cut the ribbon some day. ;^)

  5. this is phenomenal!!!! I need to have a girl someday...

  6. This is beautiful! I should have nabbed those $3 lamps when I saw them this past weekend haha! Great idea :)

  7. OMG!!! I must make this lamp!! Sooo cute!!!

  8. That is so adorable it makes me go awwww just thinking of it!

  9. Aw, this is SO sweet! What a fun way to make a lamp shade into a really beautiful piece! Great job!

    I would love to have you share this at my link party, Show & Share

  10. CUTE... the lamp shade and the table look perfect together. And the word 'DREAM' compliments it well. Great job done.

    We have a link-up party going on - Tea Time Thursdays @ Kreative Korner. I would really appreciate if you'd link up some of your awesome posts there. Hope to see you at the party.

  11. so very cute! I am featuring this at

  12. That came out great and is such a cute addition to a girls nursery or even just a girl who loves dance.

    I am a new follower from the Show and Tell Linking Party at Blue Cricket Design. If you have a chance come by and say hi.

  13. I love it!! I would love for you to link up at "Do Something Crafty Friday":

  14. Now this is cute! Gotta love a frilly tutu lamp! Come check me out-

  15. Very cute! Perfect for a little girl's room. :)

  16. Great tutorial. Love it, thanks for sharing

  17. Thanks for posting this! I made one over the weekend for my girls. It turned out cute, but not as cute as yours. I should have read better- I only made my strips 2" instead of 6! Here's the link to where I blogged about it

  18. This is GORGEOUS! Thankyou so much for the tutorial,I am going to make this ASAP for my daughter's lamp.

  19. And I'm sure to try this one out! Pretty much attractive! I was so stunned with this lovely tutorial!

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