DIY: Dragonfly Lamp

Good morning and Happy End-Of-The-Week!

I’ve mentioned a couple of times that I’m working on a client’s guest bedroom – complete from top to bottom.  I will of course have a lot of pictures for you when it is completed but for now, I want to show you this fun lamp I did for the room.


I started out with a basic white drum shade and decided to add some whimsy to it in the form of stripes and a dragonfly.


1)  I taped it off using the tape as my measuring tool for the top and bottom stripes.  Once the inside stripes were taped off, I removed the tape from the top and bottom. 


2) I used FolkArt fabric paint in Lemon Custard and Metallic Silver Sterling.  I thought the Lemon Custard was a little too bright so I simply added a little of the silver to tone it down.


3)  I printed out a dragonfly print and used carbon/graphite paper to transfer it to the lamp.


4)  For contrast with the design, I wanted to use something organic rather than yarn for the dragonfly. I had some jute string on hand but it ended up being to thick to work with without possibly damaging the shade.

5) I switched to twine and it worked perfectly using a basic embroidery stitch. 

6) I love how it turned out.  The juxtaposition of the twine against the metallic silver is just what I wanted.  The perfect balance.


7)  I debated on which base to use with the shade but I think this one wins out vs. a traditional wood base.  What do you think?


I will be working on the room this weekend.  The wood floors are installed, the walls are painted.  I will be working on the focal wood wall this weekend and hope to have some work-in-progress pictures for you next week. 

Be inspired,

Linking to:

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Cowgirl Up! at Crafty Texas Girls
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Everything Under The Moon – Bedazzle Me Monday
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Get Your Craft On – Today’s Creative Blog
Debbie Do’s Newbie Party
Metamorphosis Monday
Crafts Keep Me Sane at Keeping It Simple
Home Stories A To Z
Time To Shine at Diamond In The Stuff
How To Nest For Less
Thrifty Decor Chick – First Monday of Every Month
A Bowl Full of Lemons
DIY By Design
Trash 2 Treasures at Kammy’s Korner
Project Queen
Tip Junkie
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Elizabeth & Co.
Not Just A Housewife
Coastal Charm: Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
House of Grace – Twice Owned Tuesday
Embracing Change
Fireflies and Jellybeans
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Restore Interiors
Its Overflowing
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Love Notes By Lauryn
The Brambleberry Cottage
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  1. Cynthia says:

    Very different, very pretty.

  2. I love it, how do you think of these things :) I want to try this soon!

  3. Twice Nice says:

    Love it! I think working on lampshades is so fun. Yours will have to go in my inspiration file with the Anthro. ones. So very cool Shari!

  4. says:

    How beautifully creative, Shari! I love that color combination and the shade looks perfect with that base! Love.

  5. trumatter says:

    Beautiful. You are seriously talented. I am so loving the design. Also, yes, got ASCP now. :) Thank you so much.

  6. Awesome!! I love it Shari!! I have been skulking around your blog for a few days now… and can I just tell you, you are a wonderfully talented lady! After reading all of you bloggers, I have finally decided to start my own, so… I am telling anyone who reads mine, about your lovely blog. Thank you sweetie for sharing with me, and I hope you have a wonderfully blessed day! :D

  7. Desiree Guy @ Camelot Art Creations says:

    I LOVE THIS!!! Great idea! Pinning it now:-)

  8. Christine says:

    WOW!!!! I'm impressed!!! The lamp is sooo PRETTY!!!!

    I really hope you come by The DIY Dreamer and share:

  9. I love it Shari!! The dragonfly looks great! You did such a great job!!

  10. Inspire Me Heather says:

    How fabulous! I love the dragonfly and the colours you chose too!

  11. pam {simple details} says:

    So clever! Love your choice of base, too!

  12. Shirley@Housepitality Designs says:

    That lampshade is the absolute cutest…what a great idea!

  13. Wow – that is so cute! Nice job.

  14. So creative! I adore the twine embroidery, and a dragonfly was the perfect thing! I'd love it if you'd share this at my Show & Tell party, going on now @ the Delectable Home.

  15. Elizabeth and Gary says:

    Wow, now this is creative! I am visiting from Between Naps on the Porch. I love your lamp and what a cool way to express yourself then to stitch on a lamp shade! I have enjoyed my visit with you today.
    Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

  16. Wow…This looks like such an expensive lampshade – You put a lot of effort in it and it shows! Well done!

  17. Amanda @ Burlap & Denim says:

    Too cute! Perfect color and design combo. I'd love you to link up at my first linky party:

  18. Amanda @ Burlap & Denim says:

    Too cute! Perfect color and design combo. I'd love you to link up at my first linky party:

  19. Jen Lossing says:

    This is really cute. I love the color scheme and the hand stitch makes it even more special. Great job!

  20. Chari at Happy To Design says:

    Hi Shari…

    Ohhh my…this is sooo pretty! What a GRAND idea to embroider the dragonfly with twine! Love it! Thanks for sharing!

    Warmest wishes,

  21. Jo's This and That says:

    Pretty! great idea! Thanks Joann

  22. I love this idea – you had me at the stripes! Thank you for linking up to my Creative Inspirations party – I am so glad you came by! I would love for you to come back this week to link up again!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  23. Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) says:

    Cute idea!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  24. Very creative. Could look retro without the dragonfly. Where did you get the base?

  25. cheryl @ nefotlak. says:

    stunning!! great tutorial also. thanks for sharing this lovely piece.
    cheryl xox.

  26. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    Very pretty and a great color combination!

  27. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    Very pretty and a great color combination!

  28. Susan @ Oh My! Creative says:

    Wow, It's gorgeous!

    I would love if you would post it and share it with my readers! Join the Community and share any creative project!

    Susan @ Oh My! Creative

  29. PitterAndGlink says:

    This is beautiful!

  30. That's awesome!!!! LOVE IT! Stopping over from BNOTP :)

  31. I have to find a lampshade to do this to. I am so copying this. lol Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

  32. Kim @ Savvy Southern Style says:

    Cute lamp and thanks for sharing at Wow.

  33. Kammy's Korner says:

    so often, you make me say "wow"! That is a super sweet lampshade, Miss Shari. :)

  34. Handbags*N*Pigtails says:

    What a creative gal you are! :) I love the shape of the lamp. Is it from Target? I just saw some similar ones there but they were floor lamps.

  35. Wow! Loving this shade makeover.

    SO CREATIVE and lovely.

    Glad I hopped over from Restore It Wednesday. I';m proud to be following now also : )

    Starview Sonnet

  36. Erin {Lavender and Lemon Drops} says:

    What a great idea! I LOVE this shade!

  37. Embroidered lamp shade… clever! I love the tripod base too… so chic!

  38. Katie @ Little Becky Homecky says:

    I love the color!! Very cute! I am slightly obsessed with the yellow and grey right now…:) Found you on A Glimpse Inside!

    Katie @ Little Becky Homecky

  39. Honey at 2805 says:

    Very clever, indeed! Thank you for sharing at Potpourri Friday!

  40. Honey at 2805 says:

    Very clever, indeed! Thank you for sharing at Potpourri Friday!

  41. Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence says:

    What a great lamp–so unique!

  42. How to Nest for Less says:

    That is the COOLEST lamp shade!! Pinning this! Thanks for linking up this week :)

  43. At The Picket Fence says:

    That is sooooo fantastic Shari! It looks like something out of a catalog or Anthropolgie. You knocked that one out of the park for sure and we are so glad you shared it with us at Inspiration Friday this week!

  44. I am going to do this for my office…so beautiful. Thanks for sharing you fantastic ideas, Lori

  45. Although I have never been a fan of dragonflies, I adore this project! Super cute, great tute!

  46. freckled laundry says:

    This is beautiful, Shari! The twine detail is an awesome idea. Featuring this tonight! Thanks for sharing with air your laundry Friday.

  47. Jeanette says:

    Very dramatic! I did a project using embroidery thread. Would that have worked too?

  48. Yes … the design is clearly needed to be changed :)
    What would be brighter , nebudu (