Hey fashionistas! Don’t keep all your pretty hat boxes hidden on a shelf. Turn your favorite one into a lamp shade. The top of a hat box is often the interesting part. Why not give it more exposure by displaying it on a lamp? This is a DIY project that can be done in as little as an afternoon. Find a lamp shade base to match in proportion and style, and you are almost there.
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Lamp shade base that matches in proportion and style
Small lamp shade mounting hardware
1 Sheet of either: craft paper, news paper, or wrapping paper
Ruler or straight edge
1 large drill bit
1 smaller drill bit
Sizing up the Shades
With your favorite hat box in mind, find a lamp base that fits in size and style. You will also need a smaller size of lamp shade mounting hardware, preferably one with a screw at the top for mounting a shade.
I salvaged both the hat box and lamp shade from my local thrift store.
Remove the hat box top and place the bottom of box over lamp shade mounting hardware to make sure you have a good fit.
Tip: Use a little craft paint to cover the lamp shade hardware and any unsightly labels, for a unified look.
Flip the Lid
Remove box cord handle. You can either re-tie the handle to one side only, or discard.
Lightly glue the hat box lid to the bottom of the hat box bottom. In other words, the hat box lid should now be on the bottom of the hat box.
Note: Alternatively, if you do not want the hat box design to be upside-down, then cut the bottom portion of your hat box off using a straight edge or razor blade. To hide the cut edges of the box bottom, consider applying a strip of washi tape around the rim. Then attach the box top to the top of your hat box.
Find the Center
Place the hat box, lid side down, on a piece of craft paper and draw a line around the circumference with pencil.
Cut out paper circle. Fold paper circle in half, then into a quarter circle.
Lay the quarter circle on the hat box lid and find your center. Place the quarter piece several times around the box lid to make sure you have dead center.
In this picture, I used an angled ruler as my quarter circle, but the paper circle method is much easier.
By the way, those grimy man hands aren’t mind, I swear!!!
Using your quarter circle, draw lines with a pencil lightly onto the box lid, like a pie with 4 quarter pieces; and then with a ruler draw additional lines to make 8 pie pieces.
With the ruler make 2 or 3 marks along the lines for air vent holes. Erase the pencil marks once you are done drilling.
Drill don’t Slice
Size the drill bit to match the screw on the top of the lamp shade base, and then, using the larger drill bit, drill a hole for the center.
Using the smaller drill bit, drill holes for the air vents.
With your finger push the paper edges back into the holes and then push a pencil tip into the holes to countersink, hiding the rough edges of the card board.
Place the hat box center hole through the screw on the lamp shade hardware. Done.
A hat box from an expensive boutique or a vintage haberdashery can add charm and elegance to a room. Displaying that fancy hat box as a lamp shade is just a interesting way to show if off!
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