Lately, I've been loving all the colorful furs I've been seeing in magazines, Pinterest, and my favorite interior decor sites. But when I saw how expensive it was to buy a few ... I knew the only way I'd be able to incorporate them into my home was to make them myself. So, I figured out this super simple technique to add some color and character to the common faux fur ... without creating a whole mess and spending a ton of money
While there are many ways to dye a synthetic fur, I choose to experiment with acrylic paint because at the last moment I couldn't find synthetic dye for my faux fur in hand. Acrylic paint is known to make fabric stiff, which is why we submerged ours in a watered down acrylic solution as if tinting the fur and had it rinsed clean to avoid the same.
- IKEA Jara lampshade
- IKEA Tejn Faux fur
- IKEA Lauters Tripod base
- Pink acrylic paint
- Hot glue gun
- Craft knife
- Hot Water
- Paper clips to hold
Lay out your faux fur and place your lampshade over it. Make sure that it covers the entire surface of the lampshade, and clip it with a couple of sturdy binder clips.
Trace the lampshade onto the fur to mark the final size.
Remove the binder clips and, add a 2" allowance to your line. The excess will be glued inside
To make the dye, Pour about a 150ml of paint to a bucket filled with 3 liters of hot water and stir it well with a dowel.
With the dye is ready, submerge your cut faux fur into the bucket. Make sure you are wearing gloves to avoid staining your hands pink. Or don't :)
Stir the solution to cover completely, and regularly agitate it for the next 3-5 hours. For more vibrant, saturated colors, you can let it go longer, or add more paint.
Remove the fur, and gently scrunch it to squeeze out excess of liquid. Put in a separate bucket or sink, and rinse with cold water until it runs clear. To retain the original, fluffy texture, allow it to hang and air dry instead of putting in the drier.
Now, place the fur back on the shade, and tuck in the excess for a clean, even look throughout. Apply hot glue to the interior of the fur, and stick it on.
Continue to tuck and glue until you have the top and bottom edges of the rim nicely attached. Run your hand over the lampshade for the fluffy appearance.
The possibilities are for colorful fur are nearly endless. You can use yours anywhere you're ready to make a statement: update an old stool or chair, place it over a bench, or simply lay it out as an accent rug.