Rogaine for Your Lampshades

by Kimba on November 16, 2008

in Do it yourself

I found this little shade in the clearance aisle at Target. Kinda cute…but not what I had in mind. So I took a lesson from Nester’s ragamuffin garland.

I cut and ripped and tied until it was all fluffy and fun.

Then I tied it around the bottom of the shade and added a painted wood initial. Edited to add: This is NOT a fire hazard. The light bulb is at the very top of the shade, no where near the fabric.

But wait! There’s more!

When your kiddo is ready for something new, it makes a fabulous party hat!

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1 Lacey in the Sky November 16, 2008 at 11:00 pm

I like your style…

2 Maggie November 17, 2008 at 12:08 am

Adorable and fun hat! Interesting way to work in the initial/monogram thing- without the standard wall letters, etc. I'm going to attempt a psu/navy & white ragamuffin for the lion's den, but probably with wall paper! We just rearranged-more!

3 Sarah Mae November 17, 2008 at 5:07 am

Kimba, you are SO MUCH FUN! I hope one of these days we can meet up!

By the way, I am so excited about the 5 AM club! (I’m not too excited at 5 AM…)

Thank you for being a part of it…and for your prayers! Good job this morning!!! 🙂

4 Baby Vagabond November 17, 2008 at 5:17 am

Great job! And, the perfect party hat as wee, how clever!! LOL

🙂 Rosie and Tara

5 Empty Nest Full Life November 17, 2008 at 5:18 am

Definitely some good fluff for a plain lamp shade. Jackie

6 Astrid November 17, 2008 at 5:19 am

Oh, that’s just too funny! Thanks for the laugh. 🙂

By the way, I’m doing my first giveaway this week so please come check it out!

7 Imperfect November 17, 2008 at 5:32 am

I love the whole ragamuffin garland idea and all the fabulous things that can be done with it! I think I’m going to have to try my hand at one sometime soon.

8 Stacey @ The Blessed Nest November 17, 2008 at 5:54 am

What a great way to update a shade, especially cute in a child’s room!! I think the letter added the perfect finishing touch!

9 Susie Harris November 17, 2008 at 6:03 am

Love the hat/lampshade. Girl you know how to make me laugh early in the morning. Too cute!

10 Handmade Housewife... November 17, 2008 at 6:04 am

Great lampshade…I mean hat, lol! I’m definately going to have to try this one. Too cute 🙂


11 Julie November 17, 2008 at 6:12 am

Kimba what a cute idea! and I’m sure you’ll be the life of the party with that shade:)

12 Blissful Nikki November 17, 2008 at 6:27 am

LOL!! I love it as a hat! 🙂 What an adorable idea!!! I have been looking for a lampshade for this particular lamp that I got on clearence at Walmart for $5 like 2 years ago, but nothing seems “quite right”! So I am definatly going to be giving this a try!!! 🙂

13 Suzann @ Lavender and Roses November 17, 2008 at 6:35 am

I love that lampshade. It would be perfect for my daughter the “cheerleader”. I laughed even harder because my wee one grabbed a lampshade yesterday and said, “Look, it’s a party hat too!” Now, what we HE be like at 18?

14 The Quintessential Magpie November 17, 2008 at 6:45 am

Really cute! I have a crazy friend who would probably wear it as a hat! It certainly made that lampshade. Great job. 🙂


15 Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam November 17, 2008 at 6:49 am

That’s it, I am just printing off the picture of you and framing it…a new take on the Mona Lisa. 🙂

16 melissa November 17, 2008 at 6:59 am

you are too funny! I’m loving it as a hat! I love the colors you used and that quilt on the bed next to it~looks great.

17 K and/or K November 17, 2008 at 7:07 am

I love this idea! Perfect for scraps you can’t seem to part with!

18 My First Kitchen November 17, 2008 at 7:12 am

You are so fashionable. I think Tyra would enjoy you trying out for the next season of America’s Next Top Model. 🙂 And P.S. I’m in the final stages of my first painted lamp. Stoked!

19 AndreaLeigh November 17, 2008 at 7:35 am

Love it! I can’t wait to try this.

20 Wendy November 17, 2008 at 7:40 am

Nice hat! Oh, and it makes a cute lampshade too! LOL!

21 My Three Girls (The A girls) November 17, 2008 at 7:42 am

Come stop by my blog and enter my ************GIVEAWAY******
Love your design work like always.

22 new every morning November 17, 2008 at 7:48 am

What a great idea! I’ve been wanting to do the ragamuffin thing, but since I no longer have a nursery, I didn’t know what to do with it.


If you get a chance to drop by, I’ve got lots of eye candy for holiday table ideas this week.

23 Allison November 17, 2008 at 7:49 am

Love the lampshade and even cuter as a party hat!

24 Kathi November 17, 2008 at 7:54 am

Very Cute!!! LOVE it!

25 Sher's Creative Expressions November 17, 2008 at 7:56 am

Cute idea. . . and how versatile. . . a hat too ~ it’s so YOU!! LOL



26 Melissa Lee November 17, 2008 at 8:07 am

Kimba, it’s 9am on a Monday morning and your resourcefulness is making me sleepy.

But you sure iz cute.

Melissa at Stretch Marks

27 Windy November 17, 2008 at 8:35 am

Funny! Love the lamp. Why can’t I think up all that good stuff?

28 Ashley November 17, 2008 at 8:45 am

Great idea!!

29 Mrs. Dunbar November 17, 2008 at 9:16 am

I like the hat the best. What a fun project. I’ll have to try it.

30 Tanya November 17, 2008 at 9:18 am

such a great idea!

31 Laura Ingalls Gunn November 17, 2008 at 9:25 am

Very cute idea~!

32 Michelle November 17, 2008 at 9:26 am

That looks fantastic!!! I think I will copy that idea for my oldest son’s room. You are SOOOOO talented.

33 Joanna November 17, 2008 at 9:43 am

WOW! I never thought of putting the garland around a lamp shade. I will have to try that, it looks great!

34 Renee November 17, 2008 at 10:14 am

Love the pic with you and your hat! This is fun; getting little Kim doses of humor. I’m getting a good idea, and a smile!

35 Vanessa Greenway November 17, 2008 at 10:26 am

The lamp shade looks great!! 🙂 vanessa

36 Meghan November 17, 2008 at 10:30 am

Most excellent & I so think you should wear that out to dinner with the fam one night.
Tres Chic Sister!

37 Cynthia's Cottage Design November 17, 2008 at 10:32 am

Kimba! You are so cute!! how funny!

But seriously , that is such a cute idea!! I love it, thanks!! and the letter was a great touch too!!

~ hugs ~ Cynthia

38 Carrie's Minnesota-nICE November 17, 2008 at 10:39 am

That is super cute! I think it looks even better on you as a hat;)

39 Gray Matters November 17, 2008 at 10:43 am

Looks great – so fun!

40 Heather November 17, 2008 at 11:53 am

What fun!! Now I am going to go search my house for a shade I can do that with!
I LOVE it as a party hat too!!

41 Heather November 17, 2008 at 12:48 pm

One more reason to love the ragamuffin!

42 The Nester November 17, 2008 at 12:56 pm

I love it!

43 JANE November 17, 2008 at 1:35 pm

Girl you are REALLY good!!!!!!!!!

44 Erin November 17, 2008 at 1:52 pm

I have never seen a lampshade so cute before! I love the garland and letter you put on it! So dang cute!

45 Valarie Lea November 17, 2008 at 2:15 pm

This is great! My son doesn’t even have a lamp in his room, but he will know!!!

46 cakescraps November 17, 2008 at 2:29 pm

What a great idea! I have been wanting to make a ragamuffin garland…just haven’t taken the time to do it. How long did it take you to do one that size?

47 Barnes Yard November 17, 2008 at 2:32 pm

Love it, I’ve got the garland on my mind too!

48 HeathahLee November 17, 2008 at 4:31 pm

You so crazy! But I love the shade!

49 Sandy Toes November 17, 2008 at 5:39 pm

Oh…my I love that…but please be careful with fabric and lightbulbs…but it couldn’t be cuter!
-sandy toes

50 southerninspiration November 17, 2008 at 8:30 pm

Love the hat, er lampshade….

51 Pretty Organizer November 17, 2008 at 9:15 pm

Darling! I think I can use that idea to cover up all of the doodles my kids have done on their lamp shade… anyone have boys??? AHHHH…. don’t they get that a lamp shade is a piece of furniture? No0000 way…. mine has comic strip doodles and signatures on it… Yep. Pretty Organizer admits… I have graffiti on my lamp shades (only the ones in my kids rooms… I may just need to stick to ceiling fans!)

52 Mimi Sue November 17, 2008 at 9:36 pm

Love the hat, er lampshade. Mimi

53 Laura November 17, 2008 at 9:49 pm


54 Anonymous November 17, 2008 at 10:32 pm

Looks like a fire hazard 🙁

55 Amber November 18, 2008 at 8:04 am

Fun idea for the lampshade! And where did you get the plaid bedding? I was thinking of something similar when my munchkin moves to his “big boy bed.”

56 Katy November 18, 2008 at 9:04 am

Love what you did w/ the ragamuffin garland on the shade. Cute

57 mary beth November 18, 2008 at 10:44 am

How decorative/creative! Thanks for sharing.

58 Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates November 18, 2008 at 5:44 pm

So creative and cute!

59 abeachcottage November 19, 2008 at 3:37 am

Hi Kimba

hmmm I like this, I would like one in all white…


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