Friday, March 11, 2011

Me and My (Lampshade) Bucket

Last year my “Lampshade Bucket” tutorial was featured at Me and My Bucket and since some of you may have missed it I wanted to share it with you here. It will also now be archived on my Tutorials 101 page. 

ETA: Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} asked "How is your scrapbook paper holding up?"

The paper is holding up very well and it looks the same today as when I first made it. The only thing is that the "h" in "Things" has fallen off. Because of the texture of the shade, I should have used glue to apply my letters instead of relying on the sticker adhesive. Thanks for asking Michele!

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:
  • Lampshade
  • Foam Board or Heavy Cardboard
  • Heavy Wire Cutters
  • Glue
  • Spray Paint
  • Felt (optional)
  • Embellishments
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.

5Once 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.
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