My Cool Bubble Base & “Yarning” a Lamp Shade

I am breaking from basement projects to bring you my newly finished, revamped yard sale lamp.
I found this lamp base at a yard sale for $3 last summer.
 It was the end of the day.
Hadn’t anyone else seen this lamp bases’ super potential?  
Was everyone else really seeing outdated brass?
Because all I could see was this!
Now the lamp shade, I grabbed out of my neighbors garbage can.
I figured I would “yarn” it.
Is that a verb? Yarning?
Well, I first saw this done ombre style on Vintage Revivals, and loved it.
“Yarning” a lampshade is really easy. I simply used a little craft glue along the seam and started wrapping. When it was time to change to the next color, I would alternate colors on every other row and then I would use two rows of the new yarn color before completely switching. The arrow is showing where there are two strands, and the first arrow shows that I measured and marked the lamp shade before I began so I would know where to begin mixing the colors and where the new color would completely take over.
Here’s a close-up.
I colored it to match my GW boat picture.
Office reveal coming soon…(hopefully!)


  1. Katie, How do you do it? Oh my goodness gracious, this is too cute for words! What a steal- 3 bucks for that base! I really need to keep my eyes out for things like that, in love with it!! And the yarn shade, awesome idea! Loved it- two thumbs up from me!!

  2. christinygren67 says:

    I was just looking at my tired lamp shades this morning and wondering what in the world I could do with them….. this is perfect! Thanks, Katie! Keep the great ideas coming! Love ’em!

  3. Wow! Love it!! The yarn wrap looks kind of complicated, but since you said is easy I’m gonna pin it in my to do projects!

    • Super easy! Check out Vintage Revivals’ project too. I just looked at hers and it seemed to make sense. I sometimes think that the way I explain things makes it seem more complicated. lol


  4. Super cute! I love ombre and I love using yarn, so Im going to have to do this! Great job!

  5. Love, Love, Love this one! Great job Katie!
    xo Becca

  6. I LOVE this.

  7. Great idea! Well done!

  8. I love this!! I didn’t even know it was yarn until I pulled up the blog, it looks so nice! -Jessica

  9. Amazing. I love it and would love if you linked it up on my link party.

    I can’t wait to see what you create next.


  10. I love this, Katie! It looks really good and I like the ombre. 🙂

  11. Looks incredible Katie! great job!! 😉

  12. I’m totally digging your lamp re-do. I’m gonna have to try the “yarning”. Thanks for sharing. Visiting from Delightful Order’s blog party.

    Sapphire @ Life with My Pollitos

  13. Wow. This is great! I’m pinning this for inspiration on my next project!

  14. That is the coolest lamp shade. I love that it is just yarn!!!

  15. I love everything about that setting and the lampshade is amazing.. Must have taken a lot of time and effort though but it for sure paid back.. 🙂 thanks for linking up at friday fun party. I pinned it!

  16. This is fabulous! I just got done yarning some other things, but I’d never think of a lampshade! What an easy and cheap idea in terms of redo-ing something with a whole lotta punch!


  17. wow, I love it. Love the yarn what a great look! Sorry I couldn’t party with you this week! My blog is getting a redo/up and a lot of behind the scenes work is going on, i.e. propagating to another web host. Started Monday and not finished yet. I’ll see you next week!

  18. The lamp looks fab!

  19. Wow, talk about a transformation. I’m gonna try that. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Your new lamp is awesome! Isn’t it great to see the potential in something others miss?

  21. What a great lamp! I love that you got the vase for $3!! What a deal. Megan

  22. Beautifully done! What a great transformation.

  23. I love the idea of the yarn wrap. I have several lampshades that need some help. I might try this on a couple of them.:)

  24. Love lOve loVe lovE! I am also inspired to do something similar. I cant find lamp shades I love in stores and I only purchase stuff I love, its a rule. Im for sure doing this now, great idea!

  25. Wow, that is totally cool! I want one!

  26. What a find~ You are one luckie duckie!!!

  27. You find the best stuff and then turn it into even “bester” stuff! Love the yarn on the lampshade.

    • Thanks Carol! It’s also a problem. I go to GW or yardsales and can find a fun use for way too many things! We don’t have a garage either!….or maybe that’s a good thing. lol

  28. AaaaahhhH! I am LOVING the way you did the yarn wrapping on this! What a fabulous idea!! I’m totally pinning it. Meanwhile, my favorite part is that it was from your neighbor’s garbage…lol. Pleeeeease say you’ll share this at my party:

  29. Adorable Katie! Great job!
    One Chatty Chic

  30. this is awesome! i saw that on vintage revivals, too and think it looks fantastic. great job! i love your lamp!

  31. This is beautiful! I love that lamp base and the shade is awesome!

    Christine @

  32. BEAUTIFUL!!!! I love the base turned white and the yarn! Really great 🙂

    Lauren @

  33. Great eye picking out that lamp base. All it needed as a little spray paint love! I’ve been looking for some ideas to dress up plain white lamp shades I picked up a couple weeks ago. Thank you!

  34. very COOL! I love the way this turned out. My mom has a nautical/beach bedroom.. this would go great in her place… pinning!

  35. Thanks so much for linking up this great project @CountryMommaCooks….have a wonderful Sunday:)

  36. I love the lamp and your yarn lampshade.


  37. oh my gosh i LOVE this! i’ve spray painted lampshades before, but i am really loving the stripes with the yarn. definitely gonna do this when i makeover my bedroom. 🙂 we’d love for you to link this up to our Sunday Best link party going on right now.

  38. I love this!!!

  39. Thats cool! I love that! Trying to decide on a lampshade makeover choice! So many options out there! Totally digging this one though!
    Thanks for linking up at Serendipity & Spice:)

  40. This is a great project! I love how it turned out. Would you consider linking it up to my Pinworthy Projects Linky Party over at Just Us Four?

  41. Visiting from Whipperberry and it looks great! Love the colours.

  42. This would look awesome in my office! I’m going to pin it!

  43. oh, I love this makeover. What a cute lamp it turned into 😉

  44. FABULOUS !! Yarn is so homey and cozy. Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

  45. Wow – that looks really amazing!!! The transformation is amazing. I would not have seen it’s potential. I’m still learning to see items for their true potential. I love the look of this lamp and the colors you used. I’m definitely pinning this!!

    Thanks for sharing this at Romance on a Dime!!

    • The problem is, that when you see items for their “true potential”, you can think of ways to use just about everything at the GW and yard sales, and that can lead to wanting to buy way too much stuff! lol


  46. Oh I love the colors you chose! Beautiful! It must have taken forever!

  47. Featuring on Thursday at Bacon Time!

  48. This is a great idea and is so trendy with the ombre effect. Thanks for sharing!

  49. Super cute! Featuring you this weekend! XO, Aimee

  50. So awesome! Love the ombre effect!

    ~Steph @ Silver Boxes

  51. WOW so elegant and stylish love it !!

  52. I love that this is so easy – it’s just fabulous!

    Susan @ Oh My! Creative

  53. This looks so professional and it’s so incredibly creative! I’m featuring it at Drab to Fab this week!

    Come on over, grab a badge if you’d like, and party some more with me.

    Congrats! Have a lovely weekend 🙂

    Amy @ Sugar and Spice

  54. I am absolutely amazed that you could look at that brass lamp and see what you made. Amazing! Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays.

  55. I love every detail in your home office, but this is one of my favorites. Texture + pretty. Great makeover!

  56. Love the yarn effect! Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday at Sew Can Do:)

  57. Thanks for linking up to the Tuesday To Do Party! Hope you’ll come again this week! This month’s Pretty Packages party is now up for any of your lovely wrapped gifts!

  58. Love this!

    -Erin Spain

  59. Gorgeous!!

  60. This is so creative, I never would have thought to do that! Thanks so much for linking up last week at Whimsy Wednesday!

  61. LOVE this yarn shade! I featured this today on Sew Woodsy!

  62. wow i REALLY love this idea! I have been trying to think of ways to revamp a lampshade other than painting and this is so fun and textural and still light. Does it still allow plenty of light to shine through? Thanks for a great idea!

  63. That’s a great lamp makeover – who knew all it would take is white paint and yarn! Love the ombre effect you created on the lamp shade.

  64. Katie, this is one of my very favorite lamp makeovers! Seriously.

    Thanks so much for linking up to our color party!



  65. I love this, Katie!! It is so perfect. Thank you so much for linking it up to our party. 🙂

    • Thanks Karah! I just went back and added the button. I was running out of town when I linked up and must have forgot! oops.
      Such a fun party idea! I’m looking fwd to checking more of the projects out!


  66. I want to find a cool lamp at the thrift store and a fab shade in the garbage so I can yarn it! Love the ombre effect!

    Pinning this – so glad you joined our Color party!

  67. You’re featured today in Crazy for Color!

  68. This lamp is amazing, feeling very inspired! Congrats on the feature!

  69. Great Idea! would love it if you would share over at Share It One More Time party
    I have a lamp shade I really need to do this on!

  70. I want this lamp! You did an amazing revamp! I wouldn’t have thought to use yarn for the shade.

  71. I have enough spare yarn to make about 50 of these lamp shades Katie – just need 50 lamp bases – haha!! Love this idea and those colors are so pretty together and pop off the white base! Great makeover!

  72. That’s really neat looking … what a great way to use up leftover yarn!

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