April 25, 2017

Repurposing Round-Up: Lampshade Edition

There are certain items that can be found at every Goodwill store – coffee mugs, books, picture frames, board games, etc. And for every commonly found item, there are a million different ways to repurpose and upcycle them, and I’ve collected ten of my favorite ideas for you. Today’s common item of choice?

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Lampshades! From tiny to HUGE, there are countless varieties of shades that can be found on Goodwill’s shelves. And luckily for us, there are some amazing ways to repurpose them – even the most outdated shades around. Here are some great ideas to light your creativity fire!

1. Hanging Herb Garden – Why spend money on hanging baskets when you can make your own on the cheap?

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2. Contemporary “Mapshade” – Recover an outdated shade with a map for a colorful, modern look.

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3. Trendy Pendant Light – Two naked shades form one AWESOME pendant light!

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4. Nursery Mobile – Create a whimsical mobile to hang over a crib in the nursery.

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5. Laundry Hamper – No one would ever guess your high-end hamper was once an old lampshade!

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6. Lampshade Cloche – Get the boutique look with little to not work.

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7. Indoor Plant Stands – Snazz up your indoor plants with height and texture using different sized lampshade frames.

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8. Industrial Light Fixture – Give your humdrum light fixture the coolest makeover ever with some thrifty shades!

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9. Yarn-Wrapped Shade – Colorful yarn in a modern design gives your lampshade a brand new appearance.

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10. Christmas Tree – Ok, file this idea away for the holidays- what a fun and funky Christmas tree!

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So, which idea is your favorite? Or, have you created something unique using a Goodwill lampshade? After scrolling through this list, I actually have an idea percolating in my mind now…who knows, maybe you’ll see it right here on the Good Life Blog!

Craft on!

Sadie

6 Comments

  1. I’ve been trying to think of something to attach windchime tubes to. I think I could probably use one of these. Thanks for the idea!

  2. What a great collection! Thanks for including my bathroom fixture makeover!

  3. Love all of the ideas!

  4. These were great ideas

  5. Great ideas! I once made a constellation lampshade using a black lampshade and pin-pricking holes for stars. (It’s more effective if you include the lines of the constellations in glow-in-the-dark paint.

  6. Definitely saving and sharing this post. So many great idea! Love the pendant light!