Girls Want Pearls #50: Paisley Lace and Pearl Lampshade

Happy Summer Monday! Thanks for stopping by for another Girls Want Pearls! I can’t believe this is #50 in my series about pearls and that there are only 2 more left after today! I’m excited about today’s project so let’s get to it! What could be prettier than a Paisley Lace and Pearl Lampshade?


Isn’t it fun? I love it on my funny little crooked vintage lamp. I’m pretty sure it’s my favorite pearl project to date. Of course it’s not the first time I’ve thought this. When I made the pearl spider and web back in September it was my favorite.

Then in February when we were all so over winter, these ombre vases were my favorite.

And in March I made a pearl nest which took over the #1 spot in my heart for pearl projects.

The lampshade requires a bit more time than some of the simpler projects but it’s definitely do-able in a day, and definitely worth it.

Ready to make your own Paisley Lace and Pearl Lampshade?
Here’s what you’ll need:
And a printout of this or your own paisley pattern:
Print the paisley design in a few different sizes (feel free to leave me a comment if you need help with this step).
Cut out the “paisleys.”
Stick them on the lampshade with a glue stick or other glue.
Using a sharp knife, score around the pattern.
Remove the pattern and cut the design into the lampshade. It’s okay if the edges are not smooth ~ the lace will fill in and cover the edges. Cutting tip: It seems to work best if you get the knife in about halfway and keep it there will slowly gliding it around the scored area.
Use the cutouts or the paper pattern to cut your lace. Cut the lace, adding an approx. 1/8 inch border all the way around. Glue the lace to the inside of the shade, making sure to leave some slack in the lace, with the edges of the lace pushed as close to the edge of the cutout as possible so it won’t be visible when the lamp is turned on. Next, move to the outside of the shade and push the excess lace in against the cutout edge, covering the jagged edges.
Glue pearls on in a few areas, outlining the paisley or dotting the lace with curly cues, mini paisley shapes or circles.
Let’s light the darkness around us! As always, leave any questions in the comments. Do you have a favorite pearl project from my series? I’d love to hear!

Next week’s pearl post hint: Eye See You

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