Monday, January 7, 2013

Simple DIY Flower Lampshade

A few years ago when cleaning out the basement of my husband's grandparents I came across this crystal lamp base.  The wiring was good but the shade was anything but attractive.  The delicate base drew my attention immediately and I knew this was a diamond in the rough.




I knew it would be a perfect lamp for my daughter's room.  With a little effort, a few silk flowers and a glue gun I think the results are amazing.  I think I spent about $4 in flowers.  That is a designer lamp on a dollar store budget.  You can achieve the same results easily with any lamp you already have at home. 

Materials:

  • Lamp
  • Light coloured silk flowers
  • Glue Gun

Directions:

  1. Remove the lampshade from your lamp.
  2. Snip the flowers right at their bases from the vine that they come on.
  3. Snip the leaves from the vine and put aside for later.
  4. Starting at the top of lampshade, place a small dab of glue on the back of each flower and place them one at a time along the top edge of the lampshade.
  5. Once you have completed that row, start the second row of flowers staggering them between the flowers on the top row. 
  6. Continue staggering rows until your lampshade is covered.
  7. Glue the leaves along the top and bottom edges of the lampshade overlapping them so that there is no lampshade showing through.

Tips:

  • Choose light coloured flowers to allow the light to glow through them more easily. 
  • If you see any of the lampshade peeking through, glue in a small bud from your flower vine to fill the space.

You can often find crystal bases for lamps in thrift stores for just a few dollars.  Just double check that the wiring is safe before starting.  This is also a great project to update a child's lamp that they have outgrown.  Spruce it up with a few flowers and it will be perfect for a tween or teen.



3 comments :

  1. Where did you get the lampshade? I love this!

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    1. Sorry for the delay in responding. The shade was the original but any shade that fits your lamp that you like the shape of will work. Walmart, Zellers, Home Depot, etc. all carry lampshades. Just choose the right size and shape for your lamp.

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