Sunday, November 27, 2011

DIY Lampshade and Dry Erase Lamp

I found this lamp at Goodwill last week.

I knew I wanted it immediately, but it didn't have a shade at the time.  And what do you do if you don't have a shade?  You go to the store and buy one!  No, that would be too easy.  I really prefer to do things the hard way.

Here is the shade I made
I used old embroidery hoops (found at a yard sale for .10 each) and hot glued them to some wooden shims.

That part was easy.  I was feeling good.  It was looking good.  It's all good, right?  Nope... I then realized I had to find a way to get it onto the lamp.  Doh!

After searching about 3 different stores, I decided to go back to Goodwill.  I found a lampshade with the right kind of attachment (without the typical harp and finial) and my husband and I went to work snipping and bending the thing.

 Voila!  I'd like it a little lower on the lamp, but I'm pretty much over it at this point.

I love the white, but I felt like it needed a little something else.  It was too stark.  So I got out my dry erase marker and checked 3 times to make sure it wasn't a Sharpie.  Then I wrote some of the lyrics to "Oh Holy Night".  I am well aware I have terrible handwriting, but it's the thought that counts, right?

"Oh Holy Night" was played during worship at church 7 years ago the day I first accepted Christ.  The song will always have such a special place in my heart; hearing it takes me right back to that day when I fell in love with Jesus.  I love having this as a reminder in my home.

Here are a couple more views of the lamp and shade

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Let me know what you think in the comments.
Blessings,
Jamie
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42 comments:

  1. You are one creative lady!! I love the shade and the writing on the base...great job!!
    (and I love your story about the song even more!)

    evie @ brown paper packages

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  2. Great job--how creative.

    I would love to have you come on over to itssoverycheri.com for a visit.

    Cheri

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  3. jamie that is awesome! i love how it looks and your handwriting is not that bad.

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  4. I love the lamp! I like that you can change it up for different occasions. Plus, I love the pattern of light the shade makes on the wall. Good job!!!

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  5. love this lamp. (I also LOVE great lamp makeovers!)
    c x.

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  6. This is so creative, and I love your lyrics on the lamp! I love finding old lamps and re-inventing them, too.
    -Revi

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  7. looks great! Love the song lyrics! Awesome message about accepting Christ.
    Wouldn't it be great to write yourself a motivation message that you see when you first wake up - like an encouragement to get to the gym or a scripture to start your day right! I love this idea! Thanks so sharing it!

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  8. What a great idea! I'm Holly and it's great to meet you! I'm a new follower of yours! Please stop by bellanest.blogspot.com if you get a chance. Have a blessed day!

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  9. Very cute idea! I love how you can change the script for the season, even use a different color marker if you get in a more colorful mood. Beautiful!
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

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  10. i LOVE this lamp!!!!! and i love the base best!! can't believe you made it!!!! I want one!!! looks so unique!!

    Would love it if you could share this on my link party at www.serenityyou.blogspot.com

    Natasha xxx

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  11. So creative! I love the lampshade and would never have thought to use embroidery hoops. Great inspiration!

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  12. I love this idea! How fun to personalize a lamp for the holidays and all special days! How my girls would love a lamp to say happy birthday in their favorite color. Great idea and thanks so much for the inspiration! Have a happy week!

    Tausha
    sassystyleredesign.blogspot.com

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  13. That is so clever and unique! Great job!!

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  14. I too like to do it the hard/cheap way!Your "give it a whirl" sensibility encourages me so much! Another fine project!

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  15. A very touching story and a very clever lamp! Thank you so much for sharing.
    Blessings, Becky
    www.fromgentogen.com

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  16. That is very cool. I love what you wrote on the lamp :)
    Visiting you from Gingersnaps.

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  17. Very creative! Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday!

    Melanie
    Sew Rugged @ bear rabbit bear
    bearrabbitbear.blogspot.com

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  18. Wow, very clever and I especially love the meaning behind the song you chose...wonderful! Laurel@chippingwithcharm

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  19. I LOVE this! Thanks for sharing and linking up to Mushki Loves.

    Kirsten

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  20. I love the unique shade on this lamp!! They're not the easiest things to figure out, lamps, if you want to change something on them!! So well done!

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  21. I love the idea of writing on the lamp! This would be a sweet way to leave notes of encouragement to my daughter. Thanks for sharing!

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  22. love this and your other ideas too-new follower!

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  23. Such a cute idea. You are so creative!

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  24. Wow! That is a super cool idea! I never would of thought of that. Your message and handwriting is great!
    I'm your newest follower! Come stop on by sometime. :)

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  25. Love what you did with this, so creative! The sentiment behind the lyrics is wonderful too

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  26. You have got to be kidding... that is amazing! I want it for my house!!! That is so ingenious! I would love for you to link up to Find Your Craft Friday!!!

    http://thequickjourney.blogspot.com/2011/12/find-your-craft-friday-link-party.html

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  27. That's really cool! Good work.

    http://aplaceinthecloud.blogspot.com/

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  28. 100% original! I have never seen anything like this and I love it!I am hosting my first EVAH link party this weekend. It is up and running now and I would love for you to come link up some of your projects!

    Kim @ Too Much Time

    http://kim-toomuchtimeonmyhands.blogspot.com/search/label/get%20schooled%20saturday

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  29. The lamp shade is my favorite...it is so creative! I am pinning this one!

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  30. That is so clever! I would never thought to use the dry erase on something like a lamp but it's perfect! It's the right graphic touch. I'd love if you'd link it up to my party!

    http://daysofchalkandchocolate.blogspot.com/2011/12/garage-sale-table-redo-link-party.html

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  31. You are so clever :) And your handwriting is PERFECT! Looks like something you would buy at pottery barn - for sure :)
    Lindsay
    www.craftyladylindsay.blogspot.com

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  32. I love the idea of using embroidery hoops to make a lamp shade but I especially love the dry erase lamp. Thanks for sharing. You are being featured this week.
    http://linesacrossmyface.blogspot.com/2011/12/cure-for-common-monday-20.html

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  33. This is so cute and so creative!!!!

    I would love for you to come link up at my blog this week starting today!
    snap, craft & blog till your heart's {content} @ a content housewife {blog}

    Have a great week!
    -Lianne

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  34. Love this idea! I would love for you to link up to my new party, Monday Myriad Linky Party

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  35. Hi!

    I Featured this at Mushki Loves!

    Have a great day!
    Kirsten

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  36. Jamie this is darling!! I love the shade - super creative and fun - and the dry erase on the base is genius!! I featured you today - http://www.flamingotoes.com/2011/12/crush-of-the-week-think-pink-features-31/
    Thanks for linking up!!

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  37. Writing on the base totally makes the lamp, I love it!

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  38. I featured your lamp today! http://www.delightingintoday.com/2012/01/mid-week-inspiration/

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  39. So cute... love the light reflection and the base. What a great way to inspire and motivate the family. Thanks for the cute idea.

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