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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Show Us What You're Workin' With Wednesday #12

Hey all!!! I hope you are having a FABULOUS week so far. Sorry for the lack of posting, but the flu circled around this house and it wasn't pretty. So, needless to say, I wasn't really up for any crafting :(

But, now I am healed and ready to party!!! Tammy, from Not Just Paper and Glue, is guest hosting for us today. You are going to LOVE what she has to show us!!! Tammy ... take it away!!

Hi! Tammy from Not Just Paper and Glue here – guest blogging for Jessica. I am going to be showing you this fun little tutorial on how to create a bucket from a lampshade.

A few years ago we purchased a rustic chandelier and it came with two different types of lampshades. I saved the unused lampshades because I never know when I might be able to use something for another project. Besides, that is what every crafty mom does, right? Save and repurpose everything!

To make your Lampshade Bucket you will need:
Foam Board or Heavy Cardboard
Heavy Wire Cutters
Spray Paint
Felt (optional)

You will want to start with a lampshade that has a nice cone shape to it similar to this one. If your lampshade is new, then remove the plastic wrapper from the shade. If it is used, make sure it is free from dust, dirt, and debris.
With a pair of heavy wire cutters, remove the pieces that holds the lampshade to the lamp. To do this, I used my wire cutters to cut as close to the edge of the shade as possible then I used a pair of pliers to gently break off the extra pieces so it was flush with the edge of the shade. If you cannot get the extra pieces to come off, then just make sure that each wire stem is cut as close to the shade as possible.

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Now it is time to apply the base color. I chose Warm Yellow from Rust-oleum. It says that it is a gloss spray paint, but I don’t think it will matter what finish the paint is because they will automatically turn mat because of the fabric. I sprayed the outside and inside of my lampshade.
NOTE: Make sure you use the spray paint according to the manufacturer’s specification and use in a well ventilated area (outside is best).

Once the paint has dried on your lampshade, turn it upside down onto a piece of foam board and trace. You will then cut out the circle from the foam board. Check to make sure it will fit snug into the bottom of your lampshade. You may have to trim your circle to get it to fit nicely.

Once your circle is the correct size for the bottom of your lampshade you can glue a piece of felt to one side. This is optional, depending upon how you are going to be using the bucket.

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Next, run a bead of glue (I am using Helmar Craft Glue) around the inside edge of the lampshade bottom then place your circle into the lampshade to form a bottom to what is now your bucket ☺ Let this sit to dry completely.
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To finish (my white foam board was showing), I spray painted the bottom of my bucket. If you choose not to use felt on the inside bottom of your bucket, then you could actually wait until you had your bucket completely assembled then spray paint all at once.

Once the bottom of your bucket is dry, embellish as you desire. I chose to cut images from some leftover scrapbook paper and glued them on using my Helmar Craft Glue. I then added some letter stickers and P K Glitz glitter for a little added sparkle on my images.

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So there you have it! Now, lets see what you can create with a lampshade ☺

OH MY GOSH!!! Isn't that such a creative little use for a cheap lampshade??!? That is so great!! Thanks Tammy!!! Now, let's see what you have to show us ... PARTY TIME!!!


  1. I think that s brilliant. What a clever re-use!

  2. Hi Jessica,

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    Thanks for hosting a great linky party.

  3. Hope everyone is feeling better.

    What a cute idea!!

    Thanks for hosting.

  4. Great idea! We have some old lampshades (with the plastic liners broken in several places), but I don't think they'd work for this. But you've got me thinking about ways to use them!

  5. I can't believe that is a lamp shade, how cool!

  6. Love the lamp shade use as a bucket and it is decorated soo cute!

  7. Hi! I followed Tammy over here after just discovering her, and what do I find but an excellent tutorial AND a new blog party! I hope you don't mind if I look around a bit, and please pop by my blog if you have a chance. We're remodeling after a major house fire, fixing up our belongings, and making new things along the way, which is where the "rehab" comes in. And we do like visitors!

  8. Check out my blog for a fun award for you! Have a great night!

  9. Hope you are all feeling better!

    By the way, I was coming to tell you that I shared the Gorgeous Blogger Award with you on my blog: http://acraftyescape.blogspot.com/2010/05/gorgeous-blogger-award.html


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