Last week while visiting my mom in the Midwest, I made this awesome lampshade. My mom got the idea while visiting a local craft fair. So while I was there we decided to work on the lampshade she started and make another one for me. Isn't it cute? I just love it!
My mom had boxes full of slides from when she and my dad first got married and I loved looking through the slides and picking out various images for this project. It was so fun to see my parents as newlyweds....they were and are such a good looking couple!
Anyway, this craft looks easy at first glance, however the original idea involved using jump rings to attach the slides together which was extremely time consuming (and a bit frustrating). We improved on the idea by using lanyard clasps to attach the slides together....which made this so much easier and I was able to whip one out in an afternoon. My moms project on the other hand is still waiting to be completed as we ran out of jump rings. :(
So here is what you need to make one of these treasured beauties.....
- An old lampshade---you'll want to tear off the shade portion and just use the wiring. Try and find one that is not too big or this project will require more slides. The one I used measures 7 inches across.
- Hole punch. Get a heavy duty one. One that can punch through the thickness of the cardboard slide. My mom picked hers up at Michaels.
- Slides--of course it is more meaningful if they are of your own family but you could probably find some at the Goodwill or flea market. For the lampshade I made, I used 36 slides.
- Lanyard clasps. I bought a pack of 60 at Michaels for $3.00
- Crystals to hang on the last row of slides or any other decorative element. You can also attach the slides to the wire base from your lampshade but I preferred using the decorative crystals.
Assembling the lampshade is pretty simple (if you use the lanyards). Basically, all you have to do is punch a hole in the middle of each side of your slide and use the lanyard clasp to attach them. Note: in order for the images to be right side up, your slide will actually face upside down. I made all the rows and attached them all together before hanging them onto the lampshade wire.
The project took my mom and I about 3 hours. She punched holes, while I attached the slides. It was such a fun project to make together.
I absolutely love this lampshade and have it proudly displayed in my family room. If you decide to make one, we'd love to see it! Please share a link in the comments below.