Monday, April 16, 2012

Autumn's Button Lampshade

Hi there friends...Sorry it's been so long since my last post...but sometimes life just gets in the way of blogging.  :)
Anyway I am finally back and have been dieing to share this little project my daughter Autumn did over Spring Break.
Apparently she saw it on Pinterest but because she doesn't EVER pin things (drives me nuts), I couldn't find the original source to give them credit.  :(

But this is how we...or I really should say she did it (I just provided the transportation and the money).
We started out with a trip to our local Good Will, to see what we could come up with and BINGO...We found the white wooden lamp for $3.99...Right on!!!
Next Autumn spotted the bright green Lampshade also for $3.99.  It was the perfect color and in great condition, so we made our purchase and headed to JoAnn's for buttons.....

And that's where things went wrong.....
We had a great time picking the perfect combination of colors to match her room and we tried to keep the price down by buying the inexpensive ones in color packages.... 
We even had a 40% off coupon...
But in the end we spent $25.00 on buttons...Yikes!!

Oh well I was happy that Autumn had a project to do over the break!!! 
And she was excieted to do it!!    Win - Win  :)

When we got home she started randomly gluing the buttons on with my hot glue gun....
Holding the buttons in place until they were stuck on firm. 

Having not seen the example, I had no idea what she had in mind but I trusted her choice in buttons and love the differnt sizes she used!
Although it took longer than she thought to glue all those buttons on...It was well worth the time!

I love the way the light shines through the button holes at night!!

We were thinking of painting the lamp green....

But in the end we deiced white looked better in her Room!!
And yes it is sitting on the coffee table we turned into a Pet Bed last summer...
It made a perrrrfect night stand for Autumn...and her cat Calli LOVES it too!!!

So there it is, a simple, relatively inexpensive project (providing you can come up with some cheap buttons) :)  that would be fun for all ages to do!!

As usual I will be linking up to those parties I sooo LOVE on my side bar...
Thanks for visiting!!


  1. That's a fab idea!! Wonder if my boyfriend will let me put one in our room :D

  2. It looks great! I might have to make one for my craft room (if I ever get a craft room, that is), it would be perfect! Thanks for the idea :)

  3. Awesome idea, and it looks great! Love how it looks lit up, too! :D

  4. This is so cute! Perfect for a girl's room! You guys did a great job!

  5. Hermoso espacio, me encanto la lampara , una decoración muy moderna y fácil de realizar, desde hoy me hago tu seguidora.

  6. It's super cute! I'd love it in my little girl's room! And I know what you mean about buttons being expensive! $25.00-- ouch! I've been wanting to do a project with buttons but my problem is needing to find all the same size, which I have yet to find!

  7. So cute! I love all the colours and sizes together and it looks awesome lit up. Great job! Thanks for linking up at Etcetorize~

  8. This is really awesome! I need a shade for a thrifted lamp I just picked up for my daughter's room. I think I might add buttons to it, too. Thanks for the inspiration! Your daughter did a great job!!

  9. Hopping over here from Delicate Construction. I have seen this on Pinterest, too, and love it! I make a lot of button crafts and will have to give this a try sometime. Thanks for sharing your tips with us.

  10. Very cute! Would love this in my sewing room. Thanks so much for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday at Very Merry Vintage Style.

  11. This is sooo adorable! I just love a great upcycle.. and buttons make anything look sweet! Hope you will stop by and share with my Pink Hippo Party @
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