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Twill-Taped Lampshade

Use crisscrossed lengths of twill tape to turn a plain linen shade into a striking graphic one.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2010


  • 1 roll 1/2-inch heavyweight twill tape

  • Empire shade

  • Clothespins

  • Fine paintbrush

  • Fabric glue


  1. Working in sections, run tape from top of shade to bottom at different angles. Trim ends; secure with clothespins.

  2. To fill in open areas with shorter pieces of tape, lay roll against shade to find optimal placement, and mark ends of desired section with pencil; cut. Angle cuts to ensure complete tape overlap, so intersections look neat when light is on.

  3. To attach tape, remove clothespins, brush glue under ends of tape, and fold over rims of shade. Glue ends of shorter sections, and tuck under existing pieces of tape. Proceed around shade until it looks full and finished.

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