Still working on Olivia’s “big girl” room…and here’s my latest project. I had two of these white hobnail lamps that I found on a flea-marketing escapade with my friend, Mary Lu, but I’d never used them. When I started ransacking the basement for things I could re-purpose for Liv’s room, I found these and was so glad I bought them! (Tip: If you like scouring “junk” stores and flea markets, buy what you’re drawn to, whether or not you have an immediate use for it. I’ve found that I always find a home for something I love, eventually. Of course, exercise caution with this practice if you have budget or space constraints…and who doesn’t?) In any case, I paid $12 for the pair of lamps, so it didn’t cramp my…eh-hem…thrifty sensibilities too badly. I picked up the plain white shades, ribbon, and buttons at a local craft store and paid $9 for all of that, so all told, I got two custom-made lamps for around $20. Not bad!
Now for the fun part. I had originally thought that I’d just wrap the ribbon around the shade in a sort of woven pattern, but that proved to be no easy feat. Because the shades didn’t have straight sides–like a drum shade does–the ribbon didn’t lay flat and kept bubbling up. It looked really tacky, so I revised my plan. Since I had already hot-glued the two vertical ribbons you see here, I started brainstorming and came up with this flower idea. I really like the way it turned out. It’s a bit on the cute-sy side for my normal tastes, but for a little girl’s room, it works.
Flower Power Lampshade
Nap Rating = 1 nap
Tools & Materials
- plain lampshade
- ribbon in color(s) of your choice (You don’t have to use two colors as I did here; one would be fine. I used ribbon that was 3/8″ wide, and it worked really well. I bought 3 yards of each color and that was plenty.)
- one plastic button with a flat back
- hot glue gun
- ruler or tape measure
- Measure the lampshade from top to bottom, and add 1 inch.
- Cut 2 lengths of ribbon to this measurement.
- Working rapidly so the glue doesn’t dry, apply a thin line of glue to the back of one of the ribbons, and position it vertically on the lamp so that it tucks behind the shade 1/2″ on both the top and the bottom. Repeat with the second ribbon. (Hint: Don’t worry about the thin strands of glue that trail off as you’re working. You can pull them off at the end.)
- Cut equal-length strips of ribbon for the flower “petals.” (The number and size of the petals depends on the size button you choose, but for a button that’s a little over an inch in diameter, I needed 8 petals–4 of each color–and they were 3 inches in length.)
- Using the holes on the button as a placement guide, place a small dot of hot glue on the back of the button. Place one of the ribbons face down on the glue dot. Place another small dot of glue on top of that, and bend the ribbon back to shape the petal and glue it in place. Repeat for remaining petals. (For evenly placed petals, imagine the button as a clock face by gluing petals in the 12, 3, 6 and 9 positions first. Then you can fill in the gaps with the remaining petals.)
- Once your flower is completed, place a decent amount of hot glue on the back of the button, being careful to avoid the holes so it doesn’t seep through. Glue the button in the middle of the lampshade, overlapping the two vertical ribbons.
- Pull off errant strands of glue.