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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Pinterest Thursday: Button Lampshade

I've really been focusing my decorating efforts on the guest room lately. The framed fabric piece I did recently was for the guest room, the rocking chair cushion that Handy Andy's Grandma T helped me make (yet to unveil) is for the guest room, and so is this project...

Here's what I found on Pinterest [I couldn't find the original source for the life of me, sorry!]:

Isn't that amazing?! So, I decided that's what I wanted to do for the guest room night table lamp. A few problems: 1. I didn't have enough buttons, and 2. I didn't have a lamp for the night stand yet.

Well, I know I already mentioned how much Grandma T taught me in this post [the woman is awesome], but she also gave me a bunch of sweet stuff. Including a ton of vintage buttons. She has several containers of really cool vintage buttons and told me to take what I wanted. Awesome. She had so many and a lot of them were the color scheme I wanted for my lamp! And how cool is it that the lamp shade would be covered in vintage buttons?! Problem #1 solved!

Problem #2 was easy to solve -- thrift store. I found a gem of a lamp and a perfect shade, all for $8! Unfortunately, the lamp didn't actually work when I got it home, but Handy Andy worked his magic and it's as good as new! [I will show the lamp at a later date, after I get a chance to give it a little makeover].

Alright, now for the lampshade. Here's what I started with:

Look at all that vintage goodness!

As an extra touch to the shade, I decided to make some fabric yoyo's to back some of the buttons [I forgot to take pictures of this step]. They are super easy to make and are so cute! There are tons of tutorials online, but I used this one. While I was working on those, Handy Andy was contributing to the project in his own special way...

I promise you, I had nothing to do with this. I just turned around and he had the shade on his head. He was completely enthralled with the show he was watching, so I slyly took a picture.

Anyway, I made about 5 yoyo's and sewed buttons to the centers. Then I hot glued them in random spots on the shade and then went to town with the rest of the buttons. 

I love it! I didn't fill mine in as much as the one from Pinterest, because I liked the way it looked at this point.  It turned out so cute and will be such a fun touch to the room once the lamp is finished! I love that the buttons are all vintage -- Thanks Grandma T!

I hope you're having a productive week!

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  1. Cute, hope you will share at bacon time on friday. Love the lamp shade hat too :)

  2. Nice button shade! Does he know this pic is on here?? :)

    Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday!

    Sew Rugged @ bear rabbit bear

  3. I LOVE that lamp shade! It's so fun! :D

  4. Wow, that looks soo cool! Thank you for linking up to A Pinteresting Party this week! :)

  5. Hi, Liz! I love your little lampshade fix up! It turned out so cute! I'm your newest fan... please stop by bellanest.blogspot.com if you get a chance. =)

  6. Hi there! That could quite possibly be the coolest thing I've ever seen in my life! So glad I found your blog through the hop. So refreshing!

  7. That is SOOOO fun! Love it! What a clever idea. I want to make one now...:) Thanks so much for sharing at Shine On Fridays!

  8. Love your lampshade. You have a funny husband.


  9. Featured you on the One Artsy Mama facebook page!

  10. Very cute. this is a great post for my wednesday pinterest favorites link party. it's still open if you want to come and link up.

  11. That is so sweet-I love the story behind your buttons. Gotta love Grandmas! Thanks for linking up to my Wednesday Pinterest Favorites!