sparkling beaded fringe is one of the easiest and least expensive
things you can do to create a wonderful decorating update in a room.
You can add beaded fringe to quite a few items, but in this article
we will describe how to embellish a lampshade.
all, take a tape measure and measure around the bottom edge
of the lampshade. This is the yardage of fringe you need to
purchase. Most lamp shades only require around a yard.
out Decorating Studio's selection of beaded fringe
how long you want the beaded fringe to be. It is available in
lengths from 1" to 6". I have found that most lamps
that are approximately 24" high, look best with a fringe
that is around 3 to 4 inches long, but it is completely up to
you, there really are no right or wrong lengths. Beaded fringe
comes on a ribbon or bias tape, so when I refer to ribbon below,
I am talking about the tape that holds the beaded fringe together.
In most cases, the ribbon will be hidden on the inside of the
the color scheme in the room and the lamp base, find some beads
that will compliment those colors. You can find beaded fringe
in most of your local fabric stores, or you can take a look
huge selection. For instance, you may want to select a fringe
that has pale pink, yellow and green in it for a little girls
room, or a fringe of amber, gold and clear for the Family Room.
If the lamp has a brass base, it looks great to choose a fringe
that has small seed beads in gold to play off of the brass.
shade from the lamp and on the inside edge - right next to the
bottom edge of the shade - apply a thin strip of glue (Elmer's
glue works great) a few inches long. With a straight pin, secure
the edge of the ribbon that the fringe is connected to at the
beginning of the line of glue you applied. Then press the ribbon
along the line of glue, making sure that the bottom edge of
the ribbon is right on the edge of the bottom of the shade since
you don't want the ribbon to show from the front of the shade.
the lampshade a little, continue to add a few inches of the
glue to the inside edge of the shade and press the ribbon down
into the glue as you go. You shouldn't need anymore straight
pins - the one you used to secure the beginning edge of the
ribbon should be enough.
on until you are back at the beginning where you used the straight
pin. Cut the ribbon so that the beaded fringe will meet evenly
without overlapping. Then remove the straight pin and secure
the end of the ribbon with glue and reinsert the straight pin
to hold both the beginning and the end of the ribbon.
glue is still damp, gently roll the shade around and adjust
the ribbon as necessary to make sure it is even and that the
edge of the ribbon doesn't hang below the shade.
glue to completely dry and then put the shade back on your lamp.
Once you turn the lamp on, you will love the way the beaded
fringe sparkles when the light hits it.
aren't the only decorative item that you can use beaded
fringe to enhance. Look around your house and use your imagination.
Some other popular items in which to add beaded fringe to are:
valances, tiebacks and sheers
throws and bedspread edges
of whimsically painted benches and chairs
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