Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Made in the Shade

Transform any lampshade into a stylish container.

1. Place a shade of your choice on a work surface with the larger rim facing up. If the shade has a bulb clip, flatten the wire as much as possible.

2. To embellish the shade, paint a simple design with the color of your choice. Allow to dry.

3. Lay the shade’s smaller rim on a 3/4-inch-thick foam panel (#15350), and trace around the rim with a pencil. Using a utility knife, carefully cut 1/4 inch inside the traced line. To reinforce the foam, cover the entire foam circle with masking tape. (Use leftover foam for multiple projects, or for protecting stored valuables.)

4. Gently press the foam circle into the shade to form a base. Because the lampshade is not waterproof, you will need to use a vase inside the container to hold fresh-cut flowers for a festive floral display (as shown here). You also can use this container to store lightweight items.

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