lampshade

Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Painting with Bleach

Painting with Bleach Lampshade and Napkins DIY // thepapermama.com
Last week I decided to try painting with bleach. Instead of adding color with paint, I’m taking it away. I have to say this was a fun experiment. You don’t really know how it’s going to turn out until everything is all washed and dry. It’s inexpensive and you can try it on most cotton fabrics! I painted on napkins and lampshades for my first attempt. Want to try it out for yourself? Check out the directions below.
Supplies:
  • Clorox Bleach Pen
  • old paintbrush
  • solid color cotton fabric napkins and/or a lampshade
  • gloves
  • goggles
Directions:
Painting with Bleach Lampshade DIY // thepapermama.com
Painting with Bleach Cloth Napkin DIY // thepapermama.com
STEP 1:
In a well ventilated area: put on your gloves, goggles, and apron (I did all this outside). Open the Clorox Bleach Pen and squirt some of the bleach into a jar.
Painting with Bleach Lampshade DIY // thepapermama.com
Painting with Bleach Cloth Napkin DIY // thepapermama.com
STEP 2:
Dip your paintbrush into the bleach and brush a small horizontal line onto the fabric and/or lampshade. You can do little short lines, or long lines. Create a little pattern with the lines. Don’t worry if the design isn’t perfect, freehand painting this project will give it charm. Though, if you’d prefer, you can always use a washable fabric pencil and ruler to mark where you want the lines to go.
Painting with Bleach Lampshade DIY // thepapermama.com
Painting with Bleach Cloth Napkin DIY // thepapermama.com
STEP 3:
Let the bleach sit on the fabric until you start to see the fabric turning white. Mine sat for about 3 hours.
Painting with Bleach Lampshade DIY // thepapermama.com
Painting with Bleach Cloth Napkin DIY // thepapermama.com
STEP 4:
Napkins: Wash and dry the napkins (separate from any clothes) before using.
Lampshade: Rinse off the bleach in the sink and let dry completely before using.
Painting with Bleach Lampshade DIY // thepapermama.com
Painting with Bleach Cloth Napkin DIY // thepapermama.com
You are done. Feel free to get creative with your designs! You don’t have to brush the bleach on with a paintbrush, instead you can use the tip of the Clorox Bleach brush to make a neat design. Polka dots, lines, and swirls. Maybe some flowers? Words? You can paint with bleach on most cotton items. Blankets, placemats, pillowcases, clothes… etc. Have fun!
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
P.S. if you try any of my projects, I’d love to know! You can share a photo in the comments below, or tag me in a photo on Instagram. My username is: @thepapermama

Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Handmade lamp shades!

 

Trend: Tired of the boring ‘ol everyday lamp shade? Yeah, me too. All of these DIY’s will hopefully inspire you to create one for your home! Enjoy!

 

Fruit Bowl Lamp from By Wilma.

Natural Dyed Lamp Shade from BHG Style Spotters.

 Duct Tape Lamp Shade from Justina Blakeney.

 Anthropologie Inspired Floral Lamp from The Gold Jellybean.

DIY Geometric Lampshade from Weekday Carnival.

Cake Pan Lamp Shade from The Paper Mama.

 Chopsticks Lamp Shade from How Joyful.

 Whirl-It Lampshade from Pickles.

DIY Pom Pom Lampshade from Uncommon Designs.

  Bundt Pan Chalkboard Lamp from Too Much Time On My Hands.

 

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Natural Turmeric Dye + Ruffled Lampshade

I’ve been pretty curious about dyeing my own fabric, but I wanted to go the natural route! So, to get the golden yellow/orange color I wanted, I started out my first experiment using turmeric spice. It worked out wonderfully and I love the finished product. I used my dyed fabric to make a lovely lampshade (inspired by a project in DIY magazine) and I want to share a quick how-to with you.

Supplies needed:

- Salt

- Water

- Fabric (I used cotton quilter’s fabric and a cotton blend). Amount will depend on your project. I used 5 yards of white.

- Turmeric

- Wooden spoon

- Lampshade

- Hot glue and glue gun

Natural Turmeric Dye

Directions:

1. First, prep your fabric. Combine 8 cups of water and a 1/2 cup of salt, bring to a boil, add your fabric and let it simmer for one hour. The salt will act as a “fixative”, to help your fabric take the dye.

2. When the fabric is done cooking, drain the water. Once cool, wring out the remaining water in the fabric.

3. Time to start the color! Combine four cups of water with 4 tablespoons of ground turmeric, bring to a boil, and let simmer for 20 minutes.

4. Turn off the heat and add your fabric to the turmeric dye mixture. Use your wooden spoon to push the fabric down into the dye, trying to coat it evenly. The longer the fabric soaks: the deeper the color will be. Plus, the dye will react differently for different fabrics. I wanted different levels of color to create the ombre look for my lampshade. I soaked 1 1/2 yards for 15 minutes, 1 yard for 2 minutes, and 1 yard for a quick 30 second dip. The remaining fabric I kept out of the dye.

5. Rince your dyed fabric in the sink until the water runs clear. Hang your fabric until it’s dry, and you’re ready to craft!

Ombre Lampshade

Directions:

1. Cut up your fabric into one to two inch diameter circles. Don’t worry about cutting perfect circles, I certainly did not.

2. When your circles are cut, it’s time to glue. Fold each circle of fabric in half, and then fold it in half again.

3. Time to glue the folded circles onto the lampshade. Put a glue dot in the middle and outside center of your folded circle (I shared exactly where to glue in the photo below). Next, I used a needle nose jewelry plier to place the circle on the lampshade (keeps your fingers safe from the hot glue).

4. Continue gluing on the lampshade. I started with my darker orange on the base of the shade, and moved to the lighter colors as I moved up. Ending with the white. Just a little FYI: this glueing process did take me 3 1/2 hours. Wow, but so worth it. Because I love the finished product!

Have you ever tried natural dye?  I think next: I’m going to try out cabbage and onions for dye.

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. the turmeric dye is very serious about staining. Watch out, it will stain everything. And, I mean everything. I may have forgotten to wear gloves, and had yellow hands for 3 days. Hee!