Monday, June 20, 2011

A DIY Vintage Button Lamp Shade

Hello!  Did you have a great Father's Day weekend?  Friday, we headed to Long Beach, Washington, to visit Husband's parents, and we stayed up talking and laughing late into the evening.  Saturday, we lounged around watching documentaries. We loved Surfwise.  Have you seen it? And yesterday, the kids and I treated Husband to coffee, Dutch Babies (family recipe here), and a garden stake sign and heart banner taped across the doorway made by the kiddos to express their ginormous love for Dad. 
It was a good, full weekend.

While Husband was taking in a Father's Day nap, I worked on a project that I've had in mind for weeks.  Remember those vintage buttons that I found?  Or the fab idea that I said I had for them? 
Finally, a project has been brought to fruition.

A DIY Vintage Button Lamp Shade
Scour flea markets and garage sales for some vintage buttons,
pick up some great lamp bases and shades--I got mine at Home Goods,
and grab your glue gun!

 After much consideration and no opinion lended from Husband, I settled on the green/gold/silver buttons--most of which are patina covered, with their edges worn and rusty. 
I was afraid to bring in too much color, especially since our bedding has a lot of color.
I used hot glue to adhere the buttons, and to make for a smoother side to apply the glue,
I used my metal cutters to remove any backs of the buttons that wouldn't allow them
to lay flat against the lamp shade.
Then I went to town, rotating various shades and sizes of green, gold and silver.
I am happy that I started with only one line around the base,
because that is all my collection would allow!
I was near the end of my supply.
What do you think?  I think they are a perfect accessory for my Anthro bedding.

Did you do any fun projects this weekend?

xx, Cassie


kimbirdy June 20, 2011 at 12:46 PM  

fun! and you have a great button collection.

Sewn With Grace June 20, 2011 at 1:12 PM  

Oh I think they turned out fabulous! I love using old buttons and I really like the colors you chose with the base color of the lamps. Great job! Blessings!

Suzzie V June 20, 2011 at 1:34 PM  

aww. that your daughter is so cute holding that sign.I bet that made Dad so happy!

a little bit biased June 20, 2011 at 10:55 PM  

Very cute Cass! I love that you put those old buttons to use. The base of those lamps are really cool too. Good job!

A Serenade for Solitude June 20, 2011 at 11:23 PM  

Thanks for your kind words! It was so fun! xx

Jo June 21, 2011 at 1:19 AM  

What a wonderful idea! The end results are gorgeous! Be sure to enter my £100 ASOS giveaway!


Janet Fonoimoana June 21, 2011 at 6:39 AM  

Love it!

Tammy June 22, 2011 at 9:27 AM  

So cute! I love the colors you chose and the buttons with the base are so cool!

Anonymous June 22, 2011 at 4:27 PM  

Great idea. I will be making one with all the fun buttons I have collected over the years.

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