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diy project: kate’s sculptural pendant lamps

by Kate Pruitt

these are two versions of modified ikea lamps, inspired by several designers i’ve seen over the years that use felt to create amazing textures. felt is inexpensive, easy to work with, and comes in a lot of great colors. i love how you can mold it and it will stay in place, almost like clay. these are also a fun project to share with kids since it involves cutting out hundreds of felt circles! i didn’t try it out, but i think these would work equally well on a regular lamp shade for a modern table or floor lamp. click here for the full post with instructions- happy crafting! –kate

What You’ll Need:

Ikea “melodi” pendant lamp ($9.99)
– felt (1-1.5 yards or about 20 felt sheets from a craft store)
– hot glue gun
– scissors


1. Cut out many, many felt circles, approximately one or two inches in diameter. They can vary a little and do not need to be perfect circles.

2. For the cream ultra-layered petal lampshade, fold the felt circle in half and put a small line of glue down the center crease. Place petal down onto shade and secure the crease to the surface. Keep adding as many as you want, and overlap some to fill the entire surface.

3. For the white petal pattern shade, start with your outer layer of petals and work into the center. Place a small dot of glue on the back of the petal and place on the shade. Keep adding and overlapping petals until surface is full.

That’s it!

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  • has anyone done this with paper? i want to do it to my dorm room but i dont want to drown out the only light in my room. also how much does the felt cost? i am very poor, haha.

  • I love this! These little pendants are already so cute, and adding felt to them just makes them around a billion times cuter! I love the way the ultra layered lamp shade looks when lit up – it’s like something out of Alice in Wonderland! Thanks for the craft idea!

  • maybe for dusting…remove shade, taking outside and use the compressed air like the type you use for the computer keyboard..just a thought!

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