A DIY from Dream Jobbing finalist, Skaie Knox.


  • White lamp shade
  • 1⁄2 yard fabric
  • Adhesive Spray
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Pencil
  • Sharpie
  • Scissors
  • Scissors
  • Yard Stick/Measuring Tape

DIY Finalist: Skaei Knox - Home & Family


1) Cut template paper to size:
Using wrapping paper with guidelines...I cut a piece a little longer than the length of my lampshade (from seam to seam), AND wide enough to allow for the slope created by rolling the shade.

2) I tipped my shade onto its side with the top side facing you.

3) Test Roll:
Now, I placed the top seam at the edge of the paper, then did a “test roll” to be sure I was lined up correctly on the paper. Once in place, I marked a dot next to each seam.

4) Taped edget to lampshade:
I then taped the edge of the paper onto the lampshade - to keep it in place as I GENTLY rolled and traced, starting at the dot, along both sides. NOTE: After rolling back to the seam, I added 1”, to overlap the fabric, and marked it with a dot.

5) Connect the end dots:
I finished my paper template by drawing a line connecting each set of dots on both ends.

6) Cut-out template:
Making sure to cut 1/8” INSIDE the lines. This will allow the fabric to sit correctly inside the shade.

7) Test paper template on shade:
I tested the template on shade to make sure it fit properly. Overlap? It can be trimmed.

8) Tape or pin template to back side of fabric
Place template onto the back of fabric, then painters tape or pin it in place.

9) Trace edges with a pencil or Sharpie and cut.

10) Sparay inside shade/press fabric right side out
Starting at the seam, gently press on fabric making sure there are no bubbles. Re- position and glue if needed.

11) Press fabric right out to the inside of shade:
Slip the fabric inside the shade, then, starting at the seam, begin pressing down the fabric. Be sure to get rid of any bubbles. Note: you’ll easily be able to pull up the fabric if you make a mistake, so no worries if you don’t get it right the first time. Also, to get rid of all the bubbles, I found I had to pull up some of the edges, re-spray more tacky glue, then press again. Easy-peasy! Done!

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