Hello everyone! What a beautiful weekend it was here in Arkansas! It made for a great day to walk around a few old antique and thrift stores!
My only real “find” was a huge cream colored lamp for $5. Only $5! After taking it home I began to think about how much a new lampshade was probably going to cost for such a large lamp. A large, interesting shade would probably run me $30-$40. Urrrrrmmm…Didn’t think about the fact that my $5 find could turn into a $45 find… That’s not happening right now. So, I scurried around the house trying to find an idea to make a free lampshade. I got pretty close at only $1.50.
*First, find a cardboard box that is the proper size for your lamp. You can make any size shade you need as long as you have the proper size box.
*Hot glue fabric to cover the entire outside of the box.
*If you cut off flaps at the beginning of your project, you can now use these flaps to keep your box from bending (an provide a spot to hang your shade). Create small “brackets” from leftover cardboard. Glue these brackets (flat side up) where you want the lamp shade to sit on your lamp.
* Place a strip of hot glue above each side of the flaps (the red strips in this picture) to keep the flaps from shifting upward when you hang your shade. Make a small hole (using scissors, box cutter, drill, etc.) in the center of the shade. This will be the hold you use to hang you shade from your lamp.
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