How to Decorate Lamp Shades with Beads

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While the lighting in a room helps to set the mood for the space, the light fixtures that give off that light add to the decor of the room. Make your lamps an even larger part of a room's decor by adding decorative beaded touches to the shades. Even if you don't know how to sew, you can add beads to any lamp shade.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Glue gun
  • Lamp shade
  • Measuring tape
  • Beaded fringe trim
  • Scissors
  • Sharp needle
  • Thread
  • Pencil
  • Beads

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    Beaded Trim

  1. 1

    Plug in your hot glue gun and let it warm up.

  2. 2

    Measure around the bottom of your lamp shade.

  3. 3

    Cut a length of beaded fringe trim that is 1 inch longer than the circumference of the bottom of the shade.

  4. 4

    Run a line of hot glue, about 3 inches long, along the bottom edge of the shade.

  5. 5

    Starting with one end of the trim, stick the ribbon part of the trim in the glue to secure the fringe to the shade. Continue to glue the trim to the shade in 3-inch sections using hot glue so the glue doesn't cool before you are able to attach the trim.

  6. 6

    Cut the excess trim at the end so the two ends of the trim line up with each other. Now the trim wraps all the way around the bottom of the lamp.

    Beaded Designs

  1. 1

    Thread a sharp needle with thread in the same colour as the lamp shade.

  2. 2

    Tie the two ends of the thread in a knot and then trim the ends close to the knot.

  3. 3

    Mark out the design you want on the lamp shade with a pencil using tiny dots to represent the beads so the markings won't be seen after the beading.

  4. 4

    Starting inside the lampshade, push the needle and thread through the shade using a little force.

  5. 5

    Thread your first bead on to the needle and thread before pushing the needle back through the shade. Push the needle through right next to where you first pushed it through.

  6. 6

    Push the needle back through to the outside of the shade where the next bead will go. Thread that bead on before pushing back through to the inside of the shade. Continue to bead the lamp shade until the whole design is finished. Push the needle through to the inside of the shade, and knot the thread close to the shade before cutting the extra.

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