I love all the old slides my husband has collected over the years but they were just sitting there in the closet. :( I saw a Wedding Upcycled Anniversary Photo Slide Lamp on Etsy. I thought, “WOW, what a great way to show off old slides!” so I set out on a quest to create the lampshade with my slides. First, I went to Hobby Lobby and bought a 1.5mm hole punch and 6mm Black Nickel Round Jump Rings. I quickly realized that I did NOT have the patience to punch holes in 80 slides and add the jump rings! This was NOT going to work for me. I returned the unopened packages and started hunting for wood strips. I found the Balsa Wood Strips and decided that I could make the top and bottom of the frame from these strips… Then I headed to Lowe’s for a 2 x 4.
I soaked the Balsa wood in the sink for about an hour. This makes the wood bendable.
Once the wood had soaked, I bend them until I had a top support and bottom support for the lampshade.
Now it was time to cut the side strips… I had my husband cut a 2 x 4 into 1/8″ strips.
The side strips where 20″ tall. I connected the side strips to the top and bottom support.
The slides will go in between the slats. Next, I stained the slats before putting the slides into the shade.
When the slats were dry (over night), I started putting the slides in place…
Et ici nous sommes! The lamp shade looked GREAT and was very interesting BUT I did not take into account that you had to reach under the shade to turn the lamp on and off… The shade sat too low on the lamp. When I tried to make adjustments, I started having the slides fall out of the shade and it just wasn’t working the way I wanted it too… So, I started over. Here is the 1st design.
The second design I made with ribbon, Velcro, craft mirrors, needle and thread, and hot glue. Oh, I did put some beads on the shade too.
Ok, I didn’t take pictures of each step so I will explain how I made this… I found an old lamp shade in the attic. I used the bottom metal ring from that lamp shade for the top of this one… I took the Velcro and put the “fuzzy” side on the front edge of the slide and the back “prickly” part on the ribbon. I repeated this until the the slides went all the way around the metal ring.
I folded the top part of the ribbon over the metal ring.
Then I attached two wooden slats so to the top of the ring with copper wire. I used some glass beads I had to decorate the wire. I also put some hot glue on the wire so it would stay in place. Once you have the wooden slats attached to the wire ring, you will need to drill a hole in the slats so it will fit on the lamp’s harp. The hole should be big enough for the end of the harp to fit through it and the slats must be thin enough so that you can screw the finial on the lamp.
Finally, I added little circular mirrors to the top of the ribbon just under the metal ring. This served two purposes – one decoration and two to make sure the ribbon would stay wrapped around the metal ring. Then I added some ribbon to the bottom of the lamp shade. I used a needle and thread to “scrunch” the ribbon up… It kind of looks like the Mad Hatter’s Hat!
I really liked how the wood in the 1st design blocked out some of the light from the light bulb, but the second design was much easier to make… Here is the finished product! (And, some close ups)