Sticking this up since I've mentioned it to a few people online and requests have been made. I have a strange fixation with making bows out of wire-edged ribbon. I love them. It's my favorite Christmas decoration: sheer and sparkly bows lit with lights. To indulge that love all year round, I threw a bunch of different color bows at my lampshade, and it casts such a lovely mellow light on my bedside table it has become my favorite craft project from the past couple years.
- 1 cheap cloth lamp shade
- Approx 100 yds wire-edged ribbon
- Craft wire
- Shred the fabric/material off your lampshade to leave only the wire frame. If your cheap lampshade is only a couple wire circles connected by plastic, you'll need a different lampshade. Something like this, which has a metal skeleton beneath the fabric.
- Make 30-ish big(6" diameter) poofy bows with your ribbon (More or less depending on your lampshade size to start with. If you don't know how to make a big poofy bow, this is a good tutorial, but rather than just wrapping the ribbon the width of my hand, I wrap it to be about 6" long when the loop is flattened.)
- Tie some bows on lampshade skeleton and fluff
- Apply bandaids-- that wire-edged ribbon is evil and pokey
- Tie some more bows on the lampshade skeleton and fluff
- Make sure none of the ribbon touches the bulb, and please please use a bulb that doesn't get hot. May start fire otherwise!