Burlap Ruffle Lampshade Tutorial


Once I saw this picture on Pinterest I knew I had to make one of these ruffle lampshades. I just fell in  love instantly.

So after a little internet browsing I came across this tutorial and after a lot of burlap, cutting and gluing, I had achieved exactly what I was looking for! And then I made another one!


Lamp shade-  I bought both of mine from Walmart.

Burlap- about 3 yards (for two!)


Glue gun and glue sticks

Spray adhesive (optional)

Ironing board and iron



1. Cut a piece of burlap big enough to cover your lampshade, leaving about an inch on the top and bottom to fold over and glue to the inside. Either use your spray adhesive to attach the burlap, or hot glue is fine, too.


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2. Next, cut about 40 strips (per lampshade) of burlap measuring approximately 1.5-2 ” wide (depending how big you want your ruffle) by 1.5 times as long as your shade is tall. I believe mine were 2″ x 15″.

3. Fold these strips in half and press with an iron.

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4. Next, using your glue gun, make a squiggly line down your lampshade and attach the creased side of the piece of burlap to the squiggly line of glue. It’s okay for the piece of burlap to be longer than the lampshade as it can be trimmed. Keep going around the lampshade trying to keep the squiggly lines of glue in varying directions to give the shade a little more dimension.

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5. Keep going! It’s going to look weird before it looks better! Once you’ve gone all the way around the shade, go back and fill in any major gaps. And that’s it!

I truly love these lamps and am glad I didn’t have to pay a ton of money to get the look I was going for!






Thanks for stopping by!


  1. These turned out awesome. They are just the right amount of rustic with those fraying edges, and I love how easy they are to make! They look perfect :)

    • Aww thanks, girl! I too love them and was a tad baffled when I first started looking for something similar as to how expensive lamps are. They’re lamps!

  2. I have seen many burlap decorated shades, but this one has to be one of my favorites..

  3. These are amazing! I have seen these on Pinterest, but wasn’t sure where to begin. Thanks for a great tutorial! Your buffet area is wonderful! Your lamps, with their new shades, are the perfect touch for here.

    • Thank you, Betsy! I am in love with how they turned out, and besides cutting a little burlap there wasn’t much to them!

  4. This is absolutely gorgeous!!

    My mother in law has a lamp like this that I’ve admired for awhile! (But I know she spent $300 on it! SERIOUSLY!?!? And I was barely willing to drop that amount on my couch! LOL!)

    I can’t wait to get to making this!

    • Yes! These can be so expensive in stores and there is no way I am going to pay that much!!! I hope it goes easily for you and let me know if you have any questions!!

  5. Wow, that looks gorgeous!

  6. I agree with Alison, that looks gorgeous! Did it take a long time to make ?

    • Thank you, NJ! It took probably 2-3 hours to make with the cutting of the burlap, the ironing and then gluing. That and I was also watching TV, so I wasn’t entirely focused. Ha!

  7. They look so good!

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