September 8, 2014

Making A Lamp Shade Out Of A Hatbox


Before I reveal my Hollywood Regency Bedroom, I want to show you a couple small transformations I've done for the room......First up.... Making a lampshade out of a hatbox
(You must use an LED lightbulb with a cardboard lampshade)


I found this great hatbox at Home Goods.....


 ......for $6.99.   It was just the right color and look I wanted for the bedroom


For the heck of it I put it on one of my lamps and....Eureka...It looked pretty good!

So....I glued the lid on and cut out the bottom of the box


Then cut a hole in the top for the crystal finial


Important....YOU MUST USE AN LED LIGHTBULB....OR YOU WILL BURN YOUR HOUSE DOWN!!!!   LEDs never get hot and are cool to the touch even after being on for hours.   This allows it to be used with a cardboard shade.   


Think of all the possibilities for using vintage hatboxes as lampshades



More to come!

Hum...think I should find a picture to put in the frame?

Happy Creating
Carol

Partying with My Salvaged Treasure Vintage Inspiration Party

37 comments:

Gina said...

No way, Carol! Oh my goodness...I love it! You have completely astounded me with this one. It looks beautiful!

Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement said...

Carol, I love the new shade! I've seen that box at HomeGoods and am so impressed that you repurposed it to a shade. Well done.

Pam

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Well that is wonderful ! I didn't know you could get LED bulbs like that... thank you Carol you are the best (())

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

You are so darn clever! I love this idea and thanks for the warning about the bulb, lol. Looking forward to your fabulous room reveal.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Very clever, Carol! I love it. It has a very Hollywood glam look to it, too. Love the frame as well. A picture would be nice. : )

Sue@House Pretty said...

OH my goodness, that is so classy looking! Very clever use of a hat box! And I will add my own thanks for warning people about the LED bulbs. If not used, that has the potential of having a DIY go terribly wrong, lol!

Trisha said...

Such a cute idea...I can't wait to see the rest of your amazing makeover!

~Trisha

Tamara said...

Wow, Carol. You are so creative and talented. It looks beautiful. I love the gold!

Tamara

Melodee said...

wow. that's all I can say....how much cuter can you be???? haha!

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

Now I've really seen it all lol! So perfect for the look you were going for. Can't wait to see the big reveal!
xo Kathleen

NanaDiana said...

Genius, Carol. I love it and it looks VERY expensive. $6.99 is crazy for that gorgeous hatbox. Great idea! xo Diana

Stacy's Shabby Shoppe said...

Hi Carol - I am absolutely AMAZED at this gorgeous lampshade! How utterly adorable!!! Congrats as well on your show next summer! You are going gangbusters woman! Good for you. I'm proud! (*_*)

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

that lampshade turned out so lovely! Nancy

Kathy said...

What an inspired idea!!!

GrandmaSoucie said...

That is so adorable! What a great idea!! If you have any trouble with the hole you cut for the finial, use a silver washer on the top of the hole and inside on the bottom of the hold and that will keep it from wearing out the cardboard.

Bente said...

What a fantastic idea. I can`t believe it. The lampshade is beautiful.

Hugs from here

Kelley said...

Only Carol would render this divine lampshade! It turned out spectacular!

Hugs and happy week,
Kelley~

Debbie said...

I'm in the lamp shade hunting zone right now for my living room. I actually love the look of this, but I know it would be too short. It's the stinking shortness that is giving me the problems with the lamps I'm using.

I will most definitely keep this idea in mind for one of the bedrooms, though. They are next on my hit list to redecorate when I FINALLY feel the downstairs is nearly kinda maybe almost sorta near completion.

Rita C. said...

So clever! and beautiful!
Rita C at Panoply

Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

What I want to know is, when are you going to open your own little shop?!! What a clever idea and perfect for your glam room Carole. xoxo

Cranberry Morning said...

Ha! Don't feel bad, I've got a pretty frame that still doesn't have a photo in it! And the lamp shade is clever. I have three lamps that need to be re-wired.

Julie Shelander said...

Love it love it love it!!! You are so creative. Inspiring, as usual. :) Thanks for sharing, Carol!

Cynthia said...

Carol, I LOVE it, so chic and glamorous. Great job!!!

Cindy

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

You are so smart! Thanks for the tease of your bedroom.
warmly,
deb

Little Miss Maggie said...

What a great idea. I love it.

Maureen said...

It.looks.fabulous!

Ros Crawford said...

WOW!!! I LOVE your lampshade!! You have the best ideas!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Carol!! OMG!! You have done it again, Girl!! Great idea but definitely do not use incandesent bulbs with this project or you will be seeing the fire man at your house!!

Thanks so much for taking the time to drop by and leave such a sweet comment!!

I am getting ready for a Craft Fair this weekend that I am a vendor at...

Hugs,
Deb

lynn said...

you clever girl! i love it! perfect for your elegant bedroom:)

Becky said...

You are so creative! This is awesome.

Connie said...

Carol, you beat anything I've ever seen. You must dream up ideas in your sleep . . . you are always coming up with something new and exciting in the area of design.
We are rolling down a similar path this week. I also have a lampshade up-cycle on my post. Not a hat box, but pretty amazing just the same.
Come visit:)

Curtains in My Tree said...


LOVE IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Teresa said...

Awesome! Amazing!
I'd suggest a quote for the frame: "The only real elegance is in the mind; if you've got that, the rest really comes from it.
Diana Vreeland"
Well done, Carol. Though writing Carol and the word (just) Well falls short.
Thank you for sharing,
Teresa

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

I love the "lampshade", Carol. What a great idea.
Hugs,
Sherry

Elyse said...

genius!!!

happy september, carol!

xo
elyse

itsazoo said...

You sure did it right......It's Fabulous......

Amy Jo said...

Very Clever!!

Blessings,
Amy Jo