In each issue of Pretty Nostalgic Magazine, we’ll be showing you four ways to upcycle one single object – turning vintage tea cups into candles, filling them with spring bulbs and constructing quite possibly the most exciting table lamp you’ve ever seen (more to come), but it got us thinking – what should we upcycle next?
One item that I’ve always had a fondest for is vintage lampshades. Without a thought for how I was going to use them, I collected second hand lampshades of various sizes for eight months in the run up to my wedding, only to stare at them with a day to go and ponder what to do with them.
In the end, with the help of a most wonderful bridesmaid, I created this chandelier using old wooden picture frames (given away for free at a work sale) and twine. We even wired in battery-powered tea lights, which flickered like wax candles. I’ll show you how to make this in issue two.
The inspiration probably came from some wonderful examples of lampshade bunting I’d seen last year. The first was in the Lost Wood at the Larmer Tree Festival - someone had strung assorted shades through the branches of a tree. Each one was wired up and below hung books you could borrow, to create a magical woodland book corner. Beautiful.
The second was in my local vintage store, Cox and Baloney in Bristol, who had made bunting out of tiny lampshades, dolled up with ribbons, beads and bling. Then there was this awesome upcycled lampshade I saw down one of the Lanes in Brighton, which inspired me to create something similar. I’ll show you exactly how this was done in issue two.
So, I guess what we want to know is – have you ever tried to upcycle a lampshade? Or perhaps recovered a lamp with vintage fabrics, or customised an original shade to turn it into something truly special? If you have – drop us a line, we’d love to hear from you!