Monday, March 21, 2011

Lampshade Bowls

You know how when you see a project and that little voice inside says, "We HAVE to make this!"? That's what happened when we saw this fantastic idea from Family Chic: Lampshade Bowls! We loved the genius of it, not to mention that it's one of those projects that is quick to make as well as our case it was free! And they are so cute!

What You Need:
  • Old lampshade
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Cardboard
First, remove the metal inside part that holds the light build using wire snips (or do what we did and have your hubby muscle it out!)

Next cut your fabric into long strips. We ended up using a fun, spring-like jersey knit that was actually an old t-shirt we picked up a thrift store ages ago (originally for our T Shirt Necklace).

Starting on the inside of your shade, hot glue the end of a strip in place.

Then wrap your fabric strip up and around the inside and outside of your shade. When you get to the end of your strip, hot glue the end down and start a new strip (being sure to do this on the inside of the shade to hide the seams).

When the shade is completely covered, it's time to make the bottom. On the cardboard, trace around the base of your new bowl. Cut out the circle, as well as two circles of your fabric.

As you can see above, we made one of our fabric circles slightly larger than the other. We placed the larger circle wrong side up and placed the cardboard circle on top. We then wrapped the edges of the fabric up and around the cardboard and hot glued it down. We then hot glued the smaller circle over the wrapped edges. Now both sides of the circle are covered!

Finally, hot glue the edges of your circle and place it inside your bowl, the side with the smaller circle of fabric facing down.
Once it is dry you have a finished Lampshade Bowl!

Fill it with fruit or something equally lovely and you have a wonderful addition to your home decor!
Or you can wear it on your head...
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  1. Beautiful hat!
    Oh...i suppose it makes a good bowl too.... :)

  2. Cute idea! (Looks like he liked it too!)

  3. What a great idea and the possibilities are endless. I'm so glad I saw your bowl/hat :).

  4. This is a great idea. Love it.

  5. very cool bowls and I see it can be wore as a hat so very cute

  6. What a cute idea! Thanks for the tutorial!

  7. I love this tutorial :)! Thank you so much for sharing it with me!

  8. That is so clever! Thanks for the great idea, I'll be linking.

  9. love this idea ill be making one of these for my kitchen soon!!!