Dyed Ombre Lamp

Last month I received one of my favorite things in the mail… a Tie Dye Kit from Tulip. Seriously, I have Tie Dye problem… sometimes my husband calls me Rupert (survivor fans?). I’m not kidding, I am drawn to it like an old hippie and I am know to sport multiple Tie Dyed shirts around my house in one week. Anyway, I was obviously excited to see this when I opened my Tulip Box…

Tulip Tie Dye Kit, Surface Cover and Gloves- all available at Micheals, Hobby Lobby, Joanns and Walmart.

With my surplus of shirts, I wanted to make something for my house. So I did a really quick and easy Lamp Makeover for my bedroom. I have had this lamp for a year or so; the shade and the base are from Ikea and my nightstand needed some color. Enter the before and after:

I started with a 5 gallon bucket (which is a must need for crafters) and filled it with a tiny amount of water. I wanted a turquoise color so I mixed the Blue and the Green Dye together in my bucket.

Then I placed my lampshade into the dye bucket, moving it up and down in the dye a few times to get it good and saturated.

I left it there for about 30 minutes, then added a little water.

I continued doing this same thing throughout the day. Diluting the water with each step is what created the ombre effect.  I set my alarm each time for 30 minutes but looking back I think I would have done each step even longer for a brighter color. 

I also taped off the base cord and top of the lamp and gave it a few coats of gold stray paint. 
I really love it in it’s new home, a much needed pop of color. 

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  1. LOVE this! What a great idea.


  2. OK, you amaze me! That lamp is awesome. Who knew someone could be so creative with Tie Dye! :)

  3. This is AWESOME!!! Love how it turned out :)

  4. It’s really beautiful!! You are luckier with ombre effect than I am! :)
    I found this in the sytyc party, better than some of the contestant’s! :))

  5. This is fantastic! I also found this via SYTYC party. Great choice on the turquoise and gold. I will most definitely be Ombre’ing some lampshades now :)

  6. This is a really awesome project! Love it.

  7. Oh I love it! I have never dyed anything, but thanks to your tutorial, I’ll give it a try! Already have a bucket! Nice job!

  8. That is really beautiful! Makes me wish I did that before I gave away my old Ikea lampshades – but they didn’t have the “speckles” print on the bottom, so they would definitely have looked plainer. Great job!

  9. This is darling, I love the color(s) My daughter is right there with you (she’s 5) she ALWAYS wants to tie dye something. A part of me worries people think we’re crazy people b/c the child has many tie dye tees. :) Found you on tatertots and jello. :)

  10. Kind of genius, I think! My brain started spinning thinking of things to dye in layers like you did. I came up with . . . nothin’, but I really love your lamp! :)

  11. Looks great! Liz

  12. What a cute blog! Love all the pictures you took. Great feel!

    New follower from July’s hop. Great info here! Love for you to return the follow when you get a chance.
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