Dec 5, 2007

How to Make a Feathered Lampshade

Here's an idea I picked up along the way - Someday you'll find this at MaidenShade, but in the meantime maybe you should go buy some feathers?


  • Flat-surface lamp shade
  • Hot glue gun
  • Packaged feathers or a feather boa.


Purchase bags of feathers, choosing from the many colors available at most craft and fabric stores. The bag usually includes instructions on ways to use the feathers beyond just gluing them down flat, including curling them or cutting unusual shapes.

Select a smooth fabric or paper lamp shade to feather. A pleated shade won't work -- the surface must be flat.

With a glue gun, glue feathers to the shade in rows, starting at the bottom of the shade. Put a bead of glue on the stem of each feather and then press it to the shade. As you start each new row, make sure the fluffy ends of the feathers cover the stems of the feathers below it.

Finagle the feathers in the rows towards the top of the shade so that the top row will have the feather stems pointing down and the fluffy ends covering the top of the shade.

Along the top rim, consider gluing on a trim of metallic ribbon or gimp.

For a 50's look, use a cylinder-shaped shade. Wrap a feather boa around the shade, top to bottom hold with a bead of hot glue. For a glamorous look, hot glue pieces of a marabou boa to the top and bottom of a trapezoid-shaped shade.

RIGHT COLUMN PICTURE: You can find the sweet Meow-leleuia Lamp on eBay for the next 6 days at an unbelieveably low price - Go check it out and my other reasonably priced listings too!

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