Every table lamp yearns for a beautiful shade. However, fitting existing lamp bases with new lamp shades can be an expensive proposition. With a little imagination, common materials and a modest budget, old table lamp shades get a new lease on life. These ideas will easily disguise an outdated lamp shade or completely transform a bare lamp frame into a wonderful new creation.
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Handmade papers have translucent quality making them the perfect material for crafting a table lamp shade. Organic papers offer an endless variety of textures and colours. Draw a pattern for the lamp shade, cut the handmade paper to size and attach with spray adhesive or hot glue. Handmade paper will give any ordinary table lamp a decidedly exotic air.
Silk blooms for a lamp shade bring to mind a summer garden. To get this look, head to the nearest craft store and purchase a silk rose bush. Simply snip the blooms off the bush, remove the petals and place them individually on the lamp shade with dabs of hot glue. Cover the entire surface of the shade with overlapping rows of the delicate rose petals. This table lamp shade idea reads pure romance for the boudoir.
Trendy metals abound in the world of lighting design. Give an old table lamp an updated look with a metallic leaf lamp shade. This look complements metal, clear glass and acrylic lamp bases. Choose from silver, gold or copper leaf sheets or create a similar effect with spray paint. Instead of a solid metallic leaf table lamp shade, create metal stripes with the help of painter's tape. Turn things inside out by lining a black lamp shade with metal leaf.
Multi-coloured lengths of grosgrain ribbon unite to create a show stopping lamp shade that looks like an expensive designer creation. Create vertical stripes by running the ribbons side by side down the length of a round or square lampshade. Hot glue and patience will result in a bold statement for any room. Attach the ribbons to an old metal lamp frame or save time by purchasing a new, self-adhesive lamp shade.
Go back to nature with a lampshade fashioned from twigs. Choose the straightest twigs possible for easy placement on the shade. Trim the twigs to equal lengths. Place a dot of hot glue on each end of each twig and affix to the lampshade. For a finishing touch, hot glue leather lace trim around the top and bottom of the shade.
Create a brand new lamp shade by using a rather unusual material. This idea involves wrapping string or yarn around a metal cylinder lamp shade frame recycled from a garage sale or your attic. Choose smooth cotton yarn or simple butcher's twine for this project. Tie the string to the bottom rim of the lamp shade frame and loop the yarn over the top rim. Bring the string down through the inside of the frame and continue the process until the string completely covers the frame.
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