Click on the images below for more details
Time for Reflection
Minimirrors play up a sleek stainless steel base. Choose any lampshade with flat sides. Wrap a large piece of faux-suede (or other textured) solid-color paper around the outside of the shade, mark it for fit, and cut, leaving an inch of sur at the top and bottom. Mount the paper with spray adhesive; fold over the edges and adhere with craft glue. Then create a whimsical geometric design on the shade with round mirror discs in a variety of sizes (typically sold in packages at craft stores for about $10). Affix them to the shade with craft glue.Back to Three Lamps, Four Sassy Looks
Transform a tabletop item into a luminous conversation piece in a matter of minutes. Start with a cylindrical shade. Select two identical place mats made from a natural material such as bamboo or coconut, shown, to wrap around the shade. Join the mats with floral wire and lay flat. Measure the circumference of your shade. Trim the mats at one end so that their combined length matches the shade's circumference. Then, using a handheld hole punch, make four evenly spaced holes around the top of the shade. Wrap the mats around the shade and secure by looping floral wire through the mats and the holes.Back to Three Lamps, Four Sassy Looks
Add drama to a dull space by dressing a cylindrical shade in dance duds. Depending on the height of the shade, slip one or more tutus—make sure they have elastic waistbands—onto it until the original shade is no longer visible. (If you use more than one tutu, they will be stacked.) Tutus come in small, medium, and large and in such colors as pink, blue, orange, and—our favorite—black. Because tutus stretch, they must fit snugly to stay put, so start with a small one and work your way up in size if necessary.
Tip: The sides of a shade should project at least 3 inches from the neck of the lamp.Back to Three Lamps, Four Sassy Looks
Bring glamour to a white drum shade with heavy-weight high-sheen wrapping paper and ribbon. Wrap a piece of paper around the shade, mark it for fit, and cut. Mount the paper with spray adhesive. Using a standard handheld hole punch, make a hole every 1 3/4 inches around the shade's top and bottom. Buy 11 yards each of 1-inch-wide satin ribbon in two hues. Thread one ribbon, from the inside out, through a top hole. Bring it down at an angle to the next bottom hole and thread it through; pull the ribbon straight up (inside the shade) and into the next top hole. Continue threading this way until you reach the starting point. Repeat with the other color, going in the opposite direction. Use tweezers to create an overlapping effect. Using fabric glue, adhere the ribbon ends to the inside of the shade and line its top and bottom rims with thin velvet trim.
Tip: Choose a shade whose height is about the same as the visible part of the base.Back to Three Lamps, Four Sassy Looks