DIY Lampshade: Boho Embellishments

May 5th, 2016
Boho embellishments on a IKEA lamp head, with upcycled beads and charms by Virginie Peny. Find the tutorial and many more style inspirations on the blog!

What a sunny day here in Zurich, hope you could enjoy some time outside as well. In case you’d also wish to bring bits of sun light home, for anytime — this DIY lampshade from IKEA is an ideal basic item. Had some jewelry pieces to upcycle: ethno silver charms, plastic cube and Swarovski round beads… It turned out that neon and khaki is a color nice combination…

Boho embellishments on a IKEA lamp head, with upcycled beads and charms by Virginie Peny. Find the tutorial and many more style inspirations on the blog!

Voilà, this is today’s project with boho accents. Ideal for summer time.

Boho embellishments on a IKEA lamp head, with upcycled beads and charms by Virginie Peny. Find the tutorial and many more style inspirations on the blog!

You need:

– one basic lampshade
– diverse upcycled elements for the embellishments (I had five types, from beads to sequins in different sizes)
– silver ethno charms (also upcycling, you can find them in specialized shops)
– thread, needle, scissors, pencil
– one leather hole punch
– measuring tape

Boho embellishments on a IKEA lamp head, with upcycled beads and charms by Virginie Peny. Find the tutorial and many more style inspirations on the blog!

This is actually a simple DIY, once you get the first steps. May you don’t have enough beads in one or several types: go for it anyways! Vary the effects, create the surprise. Nothing can really go wrong.
Time estimation: around 2,5 hours. Just because you should know it before it starts : )

Boho embellishments on a IKEA lamp head, with upcycled beads and charms by Virginie Peny. Find the tutorial and many more style inspirations on the blog!

Ready? Here you go:

Step 1. Define how much space you want to leave between the embellishment, mark each point and punch.

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I let 3 cm, it’s actually a question of proportion. The bigger the lampshade, the bigger the space.

DIY-Lamp-Head-IKEA-Upcycling-Beads-Embellishment-Virginie-Peny-061. Hang the first charm: prepare a long double thread, slide it throughout the first hole and slide the needle back in the first thread’s length (see below)

2. Pass the needle through the charm, from the back,

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3. Wrap the thread around the base to make the charm stable. Then slide the needle in the middle of the knot,

4. Go to the next hole, and slide the needle from the back to make the thread disappear.

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5. Prepare the beads: define the sequence you wish.

6. Slide them all through the needle, add a last ‘mini bead’ and go back through the bead’s group. The last ‘mini bead’ stops the embellishment, you can’t forget it!

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7. Hire the beads to the top, wrap and slide the thread in the middle of the basement — just like for the charm.

8. One view on the inside… As before, go to the next hole to add a new charm.

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Once you’re done with the embellishment, place the textile on the lampshade metal base — and enjoy your boho item. I really like it!

Boho embellishments on a IKEA lamp head, with upcycled beads and charms by Virginie Peny. Find the tutorial and many more style inspirations on the blog!

Hope you liked it, did you find some inspiration? xx

One comment on DIY Lampshade: Boho Embellishments

  1. This is so creative and a perfect addition to the style of the lamp! My office lamp needs a little something and I think this might be the perfect solution. Thank you for sharing!

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