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Lampshades…

May 14, 2013

Of the many things we had forgotten about when we cleared out the garage recently, we came across this…

A Wombles lampshade kit I picked up at a flea market ages ago

A Wombles lampshade kit I picked up at a flea market ages ago

..and these…

Two rather unattractive lampshades that were part of a job lot of random bits I got from Freecycle a while ago

Two rather unattractive lampshades that were part of a job lot of random bits I got from Freecycle a while ago

So we set to work.

Hubby chose the slightly less tedious job of putting together the fantabulous Wombles lampshade, that I would actually really love in our room, but is now hanging looking very retro and very cool in BigSmall’s bedroom.

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BigSmall’s previous lampshade has now made it’s way into SmallSmall’s room, to replace the one he has never had and we have been meaning to make for him…

I made a start on the ‘lovely’ beads, and after about 10 minutes, wished I hadn’t.

It was a VERY dull job, snipping through the wire and then taking of each and every one of the beads. Hubby joined in (he isn’t the lovely hubby for nothing..) and started on the second one as I was finishing the first one. And after an evening’s light cussing, we ended up with 2 quite nice lampshades, and 2 pots of beads (which I think I will try and sell at the Upcycle Exchange)

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Now all I need to do is to decide what to do with the lampshades.

Should I try out something like this from Pleated Poppy, with ripped bits of fabric

Or something with corks, like this one from Earth 911

Or maybe buttons like this one from At Home on the Bay….

Or maybe I should just turn it upside down and use it as a bowl…

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What do you think..?!

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  • Reply Heather May 15, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    I love the Wombles lampshade, an excellent job! As for the “new” lampshades, I really liked the button one. That’s got me thinking as I’m in need of 2 table top lamps for my bedroom, I might have to get searching and make the button ones for myself!

    • Reply Jen May 16, 2013 at 1:12 pm

      Yay! If you decide to make one, send me a pic!

  • Reply KnitNell May 15, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    I really like this idea for an old lampshade – pinned into onto my Pinterest Upcycling and Recycling Board http://pinterest.com/pin/323625923193442524/

    • Reply Jen May 15, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      That looks great! Not seen one like that before 🙂

  • Reply Katrina Shaw May 15, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    If you have any spare thick paper (leftover wallpaper?) then you could cover them with that. Cutting out shapes in the paper first would make it more attractive!

    • Reply Jen May 15, 2013 at 5:16 pm

      Hi Katrina
      That’s what we were planning to try and do for SmallSmall’s lampshade in his room!

  • Reply Jo aka Kiwijo May 15, 2013 at 7:15 am

    Oooh so many pretty lampshades. Actually I didnt mind the beaded ones as they were! You could always crochet a lampshade put of fabric scraps or similar, but I reckon the hanging basket idea is great as well. :o)

    • Reply Jen May 15, 2013 at 7:48 am

      Only diasdvantage with the hanging basket, is it would involve gardening, and I have the polar opposite of green fingers..!!

  • Reply Vivienne Downes (@VivienneDownes) May 14, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    The buttons one gets my vote if you colour coordinate it to your room it would be stunning … if you need any I can send you some ?

    • Reply Jen May 15, 2013 at 7:47 am

      That would be awesome Vivienne 🙂

  • Reply Kitty Piët May 14, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    I really love the one with the fabric and the other one could be the bowl. Good luck!

    • Reply Jen May 15, 2013 at 7:47 am

      Thanks for your vote Kitty 🙂

  • Reply For Bella and Will May 14, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    I love the ripped fabric shade 🙂

    • Reply Jen May 15, 2013 at 7:46 am

      Thanks Catherine!

  • Reply Hilary May 14, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Just had another thought, they’d make great hanging baskets for plants, exactly the right shape. Sorry I’ll go now!

    • Reply Jen May 14, 2013 at 6:27 pm

      Thanks Hilary!

      • Reply Debbie Hurry May 14, 2013 at 7:11 pm

        Oooh that’s my project at my creative accessories class. Bought a lampshade for £2 and going to cover it with ribbon, felted flowers, hearts etc!!

        • Reply Jen May 14, 2013 at 7:13 pm

          Sounds fab Debbie! Send us a pic when you’ve made it 🙂

  • Reply Hilary May 14, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    That should of course have said Wombles! Blooming auto correct!

  • Reply Hilary May 14, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    I think Big Small came out best from your lampshade day! Hope you’re explaining what the wobbles were all about, fits in very nicely with your year. Of the pics you posted I think I like the raggy one the best but not sure the shape is right? Needs a lot of thought me thinks!!

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