Sunday, January 29, 2012

A button lampshade

I had a friend coming to visit and I've always wanted to make a lampshade with buttons.  I went to the op shop and found this cord wrapped on a piece of cardboard.  I didn't know what it was but it had plastic hooks on it and appeared to be suitable for what I wanted.

It turns out that it is the cord used to hang vertical blinds but it was perfect to hold buttons and also to hook onto the shade.  A couple of hours later it was finished.

But sadly 100 or so white buttons didn't make a dent in my collection. Hehe.Still I can unclip them very easily and redo it with other colours.  Hmm now then's an idea.

And while I was at it I needed a black and white picture for the wall.  So I went through my pile of unwanted magazines and used a pattern page with suitable words and pictures for a friend's visit.  I tried colouring in the flower and thought it could be an ongoing process.  A great idea for a kids room maybe??

Myra loves op shopping too and recycling so she was impressed with my surprises!  Now I want to make a standard lampshade in different coloured buttons, maybe wired on??  Have to keep my eyes open for a suitable frame and lamp stand.


andrea creates said...

very clever! it looks great :)

Autena said...

This is probably not what you had in mind, but it is worth a peek(middle of page)!

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

Wow, that is great. I cannot tell how you clipped them on but I will go looking. Gonna check out Autena's too.

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

You have industriously created the most beautiful lampshade...and I think the black and white sketch may prove to be very relaxing to have this project to return to when you have a spare moment....does that ever happen???? Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

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WoW! What a wonderful idea.Love the lampshade.=D

Mary Jane's TEAROOM said...

Hello Laurie,
Thank you for calling by my blog...I am a new follower and look forward to returning...Love your button pretty and creative!
Susan x

Curtains in My Tree said...

Yes they still have jazzercise LOL
it is mostly young stay at home mother 20-30's. They a few 40-50's
then a few 60's.It is all so fast paced it's hard to keep up but I am trying

I love anything with buttons on it. The lamp shade is almost like a lace strip lamp shade I made once, (now where is it?)

thanks for coming over

Anonymous said...

Hi Kayjay,found you thru blog hopping from red house.I love buttons too and have been fasinated with them since childhood.Love your button lampshade,take care,love juliex

Karen said...

That is an awesome lampshade! I love it! Kinda gives me an idea for LOTS of wire and buttons threaded on it. Have to think that one through! :)

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