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Hot Air Balloon Lamp Shade

Sometimes I am totally 100% shocked with the projects that are created from ribbon and embellishments from The Ribbon Retreat. I mean, jaw dropping shocked and today Mary, is sharing one of those projects that completely dropped my jaw when I saw it. This lamp shade transformation is absolutely adorable, fun, fabulous and something all of us can complete. Enjoy!

Hot Air Balloon Lampshade - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Hi everyone, Mary back with another tutorial, and I’m not going to lie…I am super excited about this one! I may have spent like half a life time in my craft room on this one, but totally worth it and I will give you time saving tips and ideas! I love ruffles and ribbon so thus this tutorial was born, I hope you enjoy!!

Hot Air Balloon Lampshade - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Supplies you will need:

Double Faced Satin Ribbon in 1 1/2″ size
(I used Light Blue and ended up needing 25 yards!)
Double Faced Satin Ribbon in 5/8″
(I used Light Blue)
Lamp Shade
(mine measures approx. 10″ long with a circumference of 36″ in the middle)
Mix of Twill Ribbons, in various colors and sizes
Tiny Heart Buttons
1/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon in White
Frayed Chiffon Grass in White
Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
Scissors
Felt
Lighter
Sharpie Pen
Little Square of Burlap

RIbbon or Trim
First step is to ruffle our Double Faced Satin Ribbon in 1 1/2″. I do not have a ruffle foot for my machine but let me tell you I wish I did after this project. It would most likely be a huge time saver, but I did mine the old fashioned way. You will want to set your stitches as wide as they can go and put your needle as far right as you can. Heat seal both ends of the ribbon with a lighter. Stitch as close to the end of ribbon as possible. I started with 10 yards and went through it much faster than I had anticipated, so I ordered another 15 yards and repeated the process. Crazy that there is like 25 yards of ribbon on that shade huh??

Hot Air Balloon Lampshade - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Hot Air Balloon Lampshade - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Once you have sewn through all your ribbon, place yourself somewhere comfortable because the ruffling takes time and patience. The good news is that you can do this while watching a show or sipping a glass of wine. Take a pair of scissors with you, you will want to trim the excess thread you gather as you go.

Hold one of the end threads and slide the ribbon down your strand, it will gather ruffles as you go. Continue this process until you have about 60-70% of your strand ruffled. Your end thread will get super long so I trimmed it as I went. I just gathered tightly and then as I placed it on the lampshade spaced out the ruffles so that it continued onto the rest of the strand as I went along. At one point I stripped a section of my 15 yard strand from sliding the ruffles down in and just ended up hot gluing that section into ruffles. You do have to be gentle with this process you do not want to break any of the thread!

Hot Air Balloon Lampshade - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Next we are going to cover our lampshade in the ruffles. Tip for you here is to have a shade colored as close to your ribbon as possible, a mistake I made that I will explain later. You want to glue along the thread line of your ruffles so that the rest of your ruffle can flow freely and not be the part glued to the lampshade.
Like I said I spaced the ruffles as I went, sliding along the threads to space how I liked it. The top row I glued most of it down and then following rows I just glued every so often probably about 6″ apart. Glue each row underneath the one above so that the stitching is covered. You can lift the above row out of the way while you glue so that it does not get glue on it.

Hot Air Balloon Lampshade - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Hot Air Balloon Lampshade - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Here is how far 10 yards took me:

Hot Air Balloon Lampshade - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
I ordered another 15 yards and only had a little extra left over from that!

Hot Air Balloon Lampshade - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
So here, comes in that matching colored lampshade and why! Because, there are going to be places in your ruffles that you can see the base. Now crazy me couldn’t have this, if it is made by my hands and in my house where I can see it everyday it better be how I imagined it…SO I went back in with my glue gun and arranged those ruffles. You can do this by sliding your ruffles on the thread and gluing down those places, keeping your glue on the thread line. Now you could just do this much and have a really beautiful unique accent lamp with a girly touch. With all the colors in satin ribbon you could match your décor in any room!

Before:

Hot Air Balloon Lampshade - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
After ( much better!!! ):

Hot Air Balloon Lampshade - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Onto the hot air balloon! I can’t draw…like at all, so I found a template for the hot air balloon here. Print out one copy. Cut out the top part and pin to a piece of felt.

Hot Air Balloon Lampshade - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Hot Air Balloon Lampshade - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Cut around template, then place the template under the felt and you can trace the stripes with a fabric marker so you have a guide for your ruffles. I ended up trimming down the template a little as it was a little larger then I needed.

Hot Air Balloon Lampshade - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
I used 1/2 yard (18″ strips) for each stripe and ruffled them down to 6 inches. I used twill ribbon for this part and it was perfect. The twill is soft and ruffles well! Start by gluing each end under to prevent from fraying.

Hot Air Balloon Lampshade - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Go back to those ruffle settings with your stitches set as far apart as you can go again. This time sew down the middle. Knot the ends when done.

Hot Air Balloon Lampshade - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Hot Air Balloon Lampshade - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Hot Air Balloon Lampshade - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Glue strips down to template.

Hot Air Balloon Lampshade - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
I used a mix of 1 1/4″, 1 1/2″ and 3/4″ twill. I used 7 strips to fill my balloon.

Hot Air Balloon Lampshade - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
I wanted to cover where my ribbons gather at the top so I just cut a little piece of yellow felt out and placed it on the top.

Hot Air Balloon Lampshade - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
I wanted a little banner across the balloon so I did this with my 1/8″ ribbon and tiny heart buttons. Measure your ribbon across and cut a strand, heat seal both ends. Glue your buttons across the ribbon, this is a little tricky, just do one button at a time. Attach at ends of balloon.

Hot Air Balloon Lampshade - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
I made the basket portion just by using a little square of burlap glued onto a piece of felt. Be careful when gluing as the glue will come through the holes in the burlap.

Hot Air Balloon Lampshade - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
I used two little pieces of my 1/8″ ribbon to attach the balloon to the basket, attaching with hot glue in the back.

Hot Air Balloon Lampshade - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Now you could just do the hot air balloon portion of this tutorial as well. You could make it into a piece of framed art for your little girl’s room, attach to a bag, or make a few and turn them into a banner.

Two more steps left for finishing our lampshade!! Take your chiffon white grass and cut it into randomly shaped clouds, glue them to your lamp shade randomly as you desire!

Hot Air Balloon Lampshade - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Last step!! I don’t love the exposed top row of stitches on the ruffles, so I took some 5/8″ satin ribbon in matching light blue and just covered the top.

Hot Air Balloon Lampshade - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Hot Air Balloon Lampshade - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Hot Air Balloon Lampshade - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
So I thought I had ordered purple twill ribbon and had planned on placing it on my balloon…well I found it just now after completing my lamp of course…crazy me is coming out again LOL so I made a little banner with it for the basket. I wrote on the ribbon with a sharpie pen.

Hot Air Balloon Lampshade - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Whew we made it and guess what it was totally worth it!! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and have fun making your very own ruffled lamp shade! I have already received a ton of compliments on it and can’t wait to place it in my daughter’s hot air balloon themed bedroom!


Thank you Mary! You are one talented lady and this is one absolutely incredible transformation. I am in love with this sweet lamp shade, and I am pretty sure any little girl would love this hot air balloon flying high in their bedroom. Those ruffles are so much fun and so girly. Yummy!

Lamp shades are a really fun and easy item to re-do in your home to add a little pop of color or personality. Below are a couple more fabulous lamp shade transformations that are so cute, so fun, and they would all be a great addition to your cozy home.

Striped Ribbon Lampshade - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Ribbon Lamp Shade - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Do you have a lampshade in your home just waiting to be transformed into something adorably wonderful? Make sure to stop by The Ribbon Retreat to see all of the beautiful ribbon and embellishments perfect for a lampshade transformation or any project you have planned next. Find all of our ribbon plus more HERE!

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2 Comments

  1. Posted March 16, 2015 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    This has to be the cutest lamp shade I have ever seen! I am inspired! I want to make one for my daughter! I’m pinning it!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ The Submarine Sunday Link Party

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      Posted March 17, 2015 at 10:53 am | Permalink

      Hi T’onna! Thank you so much! Isn’t this lamp shade so much fun?!? Mary did such a great job. I think my little girl needs one too! Have a great day and thank you for stopping by and the pin! Michelle 🙂

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