DIY Fabric Ceiling Lamp

So let me share my idea for a diy fabric ceiling lamp. You can decorate any lamp using the same pattern.

There was this naked light bulb next to our entrance that for a long time had been waiting for some compassion. For almost one year we have been living here, but more urgent needs took over, and I hadn’t found a lamp I liked. I decided to at least cover that bulb, it looked horrible and it’s the one closest to the front door.

So let me share my idea for a diy fabric ceiling lamp. You can decorate any lamp using the same pattern.

This is what I drew on the lamp. You can download a printable size. It would look pretty nice on a cushion, perhaps I will do that next.

So let me share my idea for a diy fabric ceiling lamp. You can decorate any lamp using the same pattern.

I used fabric markers to do this, first testing it on a scrap of fabric, then I drew the motif on the fabric itself (which was a pretty thin, inexpensive cotton).

Some markers require that you iron the fabric afterward to fix the ink. In any case, it’s a great idea to wash and iron the fabric prior to starting.

So let me share my idea for a diy fabric ceiling lamp. You can decorate any lamp using the same pattern.
So let me share my idea for a diy fabric ceiling lamp. You can decorate any lamp using the same pattern.

I used large embroidery hoops to give the lamp its shape. The mechanism that holds the lamp to the ceiling is pretty simple, but it’s not what I wanted to show you anyway. You would have to stand right under the lamp to see the bulb, so it’s pretty hidden now. I am using a low-consumption bulb, heat and fabric do not go well, however well-ventilated this lamp is.

This was another simple, quick project, and pretty rewarding at that. It looks a million times better than a naked light bulb, and requires zero meddling with electricity. If anyone is interested, let me know and I’ll post a few more details on how I made it, in case you would like to try it too.

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8 Comments

  1. purplehomes says:

    its such a great idea! love your lamp.

  2. Love the lamp. So simple and elegant.

  3. Anonymous says:

    That is very cool. I would love to see some more detail about the construction.

  4. Love the vibrant colour.. and drawing the coral on the lamp shade was an inspired idea.Jo xx

  5. Lovely cushions and you did a stupendous job on that light shade 🙂

  6. The lamp shade looks fabulous! It would definitely look great on a matching cushion too!

  7. Anonymous says:

    You clever cookie! It looks fabulous, and I definitely want to know how it works.~ Sunny ~

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