DIY Beaded Lampshade

My old lamp 😀 I did not love the old shade, however, which was just a plain white shade. So I’ve been on the lookout for a new shade for this neat old lamp. I went on Pinterest and found that someone had made a lampshade from a small metal wire trash can.  I like the shape of it, but I wanted to take it in a different direction and give it a different finish.

This is what I started with:

DIY Beaded Lampshade

This is a plain metal covered with plastic trash can from Dollar Tree.

It wasn’t very hard to give it a redo, but it took a little time. Here are the steps I took to create this lampshade:

DIY Beaded Lampshade

In order for the shade to hang at the right length for my lamp base (it was a little long for my lamp), I had to create a little “X” at the top, using wire, about 2 inches from the bottom of the trash can.  On this wire “X” rests the other metal piece that I used:

DIY Beaded LampshadeThis is just a lamp bulb clip-on holder that I took out of an old lamp shade that I had.

At this point, I primed everything with Zinsser Cover Stain Oil-Base Primer in a spray form, and then painted it with Rust-Oleum Metallic spray paint in shade Gold Rush Metallic, which is kind of an old gold-brushed gold shade, not shiny, and the exact same shade I used for the hardware on my makeup vanity, which matches the gold in our wallpaper perfectly.  I let it all dry overnight.

The next day, I set up a little beading station at the kitchen table, which looked like this:

DIY Beaded Lampshade

The plastic tray on the left was something I saved from when I bought some crackers, and it works well for sorting out different colors of beads, as well as the metal jump rings on the far left that I used for this project.  The beads on the left came from Michaels, and the beads on the right I got from Dollar Tree!  I didn’t use the darkest green shade, but instead focused on the shiny round beads in the light  and dark blue, lavender, light green and gold shades for my lamp, because those colors go with my wallpaper.  I opened up the jump ring, put on a bead, and then closed the jump ring on one of the rungs on the trash can.

I found it easiest to use my fingers to open up the jump rings, at least at first.  After I’d done about a hundred or so and my fingers started to get tired and sore, I decided to switch to a needle-nosed pliers, simply to help me close the jump ring on each rung of the trash can.  At first I thought I would use the tweezers, but I ended up not using them at all–it was just easier to do the beading with my fingers.  Although I didn’t keep an exact count, the finished lamp has about 450-500 beads encrusted on it.

DIY Beaded Lampshade

When you are done beading, clip the light-bulb clip to your light bulb, and place the shade on top–you’re done!

DIY Beaded Lampshade

Here is the pretty lamp base that my hubby found–isn’t it pretty with the roses on the white center?

 

Here it is with the light on.  I used a clear glass light bulb in it.  I love the cool shadow pattern it now casts on the wall!

From Dollar Store dumpy:

DIY Beaded Lampshade

To glamorous bling for the vanity!

DIY Beaded Lampshade

It was pretty affordable, too–I spent less than $30, and most of that was for jump rings.

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DIY Beaded Lampshade