Monday, November 29, 2010

Easy Christmas Decoration: How to Make a Holly Wrap for Your Lampshades

Hi all! I’ve had so much fun decorating my house for Christmas! My theme for this year is vintage traditional… I think I just made that up. I’m using lots of texture like burlap,  jute, greenery, and some upholstery webbing thrown in.  As I was working on my living room today I decided to “Christmas” my lamps up. I thought I’d share this easy project with you.


What you’ll need:

upholstery webbing (available at most fabric stores. Mine was $.29 per yard), greenery (fake or live), red Christmas balls, jute or twine, wire clippers, and upholstery tacks (or hot glue if you prefer).

Time to get busy.

First, cut a piece of greenery for the front of your lamp. Hold some up, and just see what size looks right. I did a small version and a larger one for 2 lamps in my living room. Fluff it out, and make a center space for the holly bunch.


I used some small red shatterproof balls I got at the Dollar Tree.


The holes were tiny at the top, so I separated my jute into 3 strands. It made it much easier to string the balls.


For the larger version I strung 3 balls together.



When you have them all strung on flip them over and secure with a double knot.



Then it looks like this:


Turn your greenery over, and tie the holly bunch to your greenery in the center.


Measure around your lamp shade, and cut a piece of webbing to size. Fold it in half, and really crease the center line.


I got a long piece of twine, wrapped it around and through the holly bunch, and tied it tightly in the back to attach the holly bunch to the webbing. I then brought the long lengths around and tied a bow in the front.


There’s the holly attached to the webbing.


Now wrap your webbing around to the back of your lampshade. I’m going to leave mine wrapped in webbing after Christmas, so I decided to secure the webbing with upholstery tacks. You could also hot glue it if you prefer.


I took my lamp shade off at this point to attach the holly wrap. It was too awkward to attach on my floor lamp. I didn’t have any problems with the smaller lamp though. Here’s mine attached with upholstery tacks.


This is what my lamp looked like before:


And here’s the finished product. My lamps are all wrapped up for Christmas. I love the texture and dimension they bring to my room.


This antique table lamp got a smaller version.


This was such an easy project and didn’t take much time or money at all. They were the first thing my mama noticed when she came in to look at all my decorations today, and they make me smile every time I look at them.

Now go make yourself some holly wraps for your lampshades, columns, or anything else you can think to attach them to. Please feel free to share this tutorial with anyone you want, but please link back to me.

I’ll be sharing more Christmas decorations and ideas over the next couple of weeks. Feel free to email me if you have any questions.

love and hugs,

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Aledia said...

Such a lovely idea! After seeing this I have a lamp that will be getting a holiday makeover! :) Have a blessed week!

Sanctuary Home said...

That's a great idea. I've seen upholstery webbing used in project on other blogs, but I didn't even realize that's what it was. Thank you for the tutorial. Brilliant!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Great idea, Lou Lynn! I just put red ribbon around mine and tie them in a simple bow. The red really pops off the white of the shades. I love that burlap webbing.

Robin said...

Darling idea! That adds so much Christmas to an unexpected area!!!
Please think about linking up to All Things Merry & Brite on Wednesdays! Would love to see more of your holiday inspiration!
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Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

Cute Cute Cute!!! Why haven't I ever thought about decorating my lamp? Love this :D

thank you for linking up to the first ever "Amaze Me Monday" blog party!

Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

That is so stinkin' cute! Happy to have found your great blog! I'm your newest follower and would be delighted for you to follow me back!
Have a great week!

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

This is just too cute! I will have to try this on my burlap shades!

Megan Lee said...

Oh my gosh, this is too cute! I already have that burlap and upholstery tacks so I think I NEED to do this to my lampshades. What a great idea!

kathie said...

Too cute! I need to get some upholstery webbing ~ it seems so versatile!

Pamela said...

Small effort for big splash. I have some lampshades...

Pattie T. said...

Great tutorial and an excellent idea. You've got me thinking.

Debbie said...

I love to embellish just about every thing I can...looks great!

MessyMissy said...

What a cute idea. Love the simple twine thrown in there. Love it all!! :-)

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

Okay, I just posted my version of your project!!! I linked back to your post because I just thought it was a great idea!! Thanks for the inspiration!

Shaon77 said...

it is one of the best Natural Christmas Decoration Idea ever i have seen... thanks a lot. What about the last Christmas Decoration collection that passed at December25, 2010? I am waiting for it.

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