What a clever way to update an old lampshade (one you already have or one you get second hand). Spray lampshade white and glue/sew old buttons on to create random or specific patterns. Use various shapes and color to create a hodge podge design or go for color specific and/or shape specific depending upon your desired outcome. Goop would be a great (more permanent) glue for this application. This has me thinking about what else could go onto a lampshade to update a room: bottle caps, hat pins, patches, scrap fabrics – it seems end less when you start and think about it.
You will need:
Popsicle, craft sticks (a lot)
Hot glue gun
Hot glue gun sticks
3 round loops (large, medium, small) (think embroidery circles)
What to do:
With your largest loop you will need to tie three strings equally spaced apart. Join those three strings together above the top loop. This will tie to the electrical cord for the light fixture. The medium loop will need to be attached similarly to the largest and the smallest to the medium. Hot glue Popsicle sticks that have been died or painted a color of your choosing. We choose a nice blue dye that the sticks were soaked in for about ten minutes. The alternative is painting each stick (and each row could be a complimentary color or after you are completely done you can spray paint the whole thing in several very light coatings. You will need to assemble the light fixture as per its instructions. Do not use more than a 40 watt bulb. If the light fixture comes with a chain it makes this process easier to attach the light shade to the light fixture. if it doesn’t have a chain your tying skills be what makes the shade stay where you want it. Hang from ceiling.
Alternative: This could be made to fit a standing lamp that you could get from a thrift store/yard sale. The top of your new creation will start with the part of your lampshade that attaches to your lamp. The whole lamp could be spray painted to match, or use a complimentary color.
What a great idea for all of your old loose buttons just sitting around waiting to find a good home. Can be done on an old lampshade that can be painted or on a new white one like seen here to provide a glow to the buttons. Would make a great shade for a child’s room or your craft room. Where might you use this idea? Do you have enough buttons for a project like this?