Sunday, August 22, 2010

new life for an old lampshade

I'm never throwing away another nasty lampshade. This one had some small brown stains on it. (see the top of the shade) I decided to shred it and add strips of tea stained fabric and ribbon. It was so easy! I sat on the couch watching "Lake Placid 3" (the 40 foot crocodile that lives in a lake in Maine, ya gotta love the syfy channel! ) and started cutting strips of material.

Next step was to hot glue the strips down at the top and bottom, over lapping and knotting strips for more interest.

The last step is to find a base. This is a spindle that I may wire for electric. I really like the two together.
off to make something else!


  1. Hi Karen,
    This is genius. I have a scad of old lampshades. I seem to collect them!
    Thank you so much for stopping by my place and your lovely comments about the photos. Your blog is beauitful and I LOVE the name.

  2. Nice job saving this lampshade Karen! It's beautiful!