Friday, April 26, 2013

DIY Popcorn Tin Lampshade

Use a Popcorn Tin to Make a Lampshade

Recently I purchased this lovely "honeycomb" lamp from Target that Matt lovingly calls his "golf ball".   Although I absolutely LOVE the look of it, every lampshade I owned was either too big or too small and I couldn't find ANYTHING the right size. That's when I noticed our popcorn tin from Christmas just waiting for it's calling!


 First I gave it a trial run to see if it would get too hot. I just balanced it on the harp for a good 8 hours with the light on.  After 8 hours when it was barely warm to the touch I knew it was "the one"!

Popcorn Bucket Lamp shade

So then it got a coat of primer, two coats of gold spray paint, and a hole drilled through the top. I am totally in love with the results. At night it also gives off a nice "golden" glow.

DIY Gold Lampshade

Next time Matt gives me a hard time for hoarding holding on to junk future craft supplies I'll just remind him of the time I made a lampshade for free!

Linking up at Snap!, The 36th AvenueHouse of Hepworths, Create Craft Love, Sew Chatty,  Thrifty Decor Chick, The Rustic Pig,  Give Me the Goods, Naptime Creations, Becoming MarthaMiss Mustard Seed, Lambert's Lately, Live Laugh Rowe, May Maynia

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    1. Ah thanks! After tons of trial and error I am thankful I didn't have to buy another lampshade. I've already got about 4 that are not in use now.

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  2. THis looks great, what a clever idea! Hubby should be proud of your frugal idea! Check out my latest projects at Fynes Designs

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    1. Thanks! I never would have come up with it if we weren't finishing the popcorn as I looked at lampshades online!

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  3. This is such a clever, crafty idea! LOVE the gold! Pinning! Would love it if you would link this up to Give Me The Goods Monday: 1 Party, 5 Blogs! http://www.rainonatinroof.com/2013/05/give-me-goods-link-party-7.html
    Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

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  4. The copper look is amazing! Nice job! I'm a huge fan of DIY lampshades, so you found my soft spot :)

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    1. I'm just discovering all the potential lampshade items I own! My next endeavor is going to be recovering a lampshade with fabric. Probably more difficult than spray paint.

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  5. I still love this idea so much! Just wanted to say thanks for sharing at Give Me The Goods Monday! Can't wait to see what goods you bring next week! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

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  6. Love this!! It will be featured today at Creatively Tuesday at The Rustic Pig!! Hugs!! Claire

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    1. Thank you so much for featuring me! I love your blog and am so excited to be featured! Linking up again this week!

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  7. Visiting from The Rustic Pig. Such a clever lady, you are. I would have never known the shade was a popcorn tin.

    You've inspired me to come up with some clever reuses for the two Garrett's tins in our attic. Isn't their Chicago mix the best thing ever? I won't tell you how quickly we can go through a tin of it.

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by! It is the greatest popcorn, a Christmas treat we look forward to every year! I was thinking they'd be good toy storage tins too. So many options!

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  8. Your lamp shade is so lovely! Wonderful job. Pinning this.

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  9. What a great idea!
    I love Garrets! ;)
    Thanks for linking up to DIY May-nia

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  10. Looks awesome! What color gold did you use?

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  11. Looks awesome! What color spray paint did you use?

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    1. It's Krylon Metallics "Special Purpose" in Brilliant Gold. I buy it at Ace Hardware and it has a picture of a frame and a chair on the front of it!

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  12. I saw this on Roadkill Rescue. Very cool, indeed. Following you on several social media platforms. Please come link this to What to do Weekends Party, also. Linda

    http://www.craftsalamode.com/2013/06/what-to-do-weekends-24.html

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    1. Thanks, following back! I missed my chance to link up, but I'd love to be part of your next one!

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  14. Think about carefully drilling holes to make a pattern on the top, like a star or snowflake, etc. This will cause the pattern on the ceiling and allow for heat to escape.

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    1. Thats an awesome idea, I might just have to tweak it a bit!

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  15. Clever and pretty! Well done! Ama

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    1. Thanks, and thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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