I’m so glad I didn’t toss out an old tartan fabric lamp shade when we were moving because, as it turns out, I was invited to join the Junk Revision monthly group challenge. Also called the Junk Visionaries group challenge.
This group was started by Lucy from Patina Paradise, and I want to say, thank you, Lucy for inviting me to join!
Once a month we will be taking what many might consider junk and challenge ourselves to upcycle or repupose it into something useful.
It’s done in a blog hop format, so make sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post, check out what the other bloggers have made.
Go visit them for even more inspiration for unexpected items as gift wrap;)
How to make an upcycled lamp shade gift basket
As I mentioned, this tartan covered lamp shade came with us on the move. I even remember saying to myself, “Do you really need to keep that lamp shade?” It’s not like it was in bad shape, but the style just wasn’t going to fit anywhere in our home.
But I loaded into the hobby shed and wouldn’t you know, when I was told the December challenge was to turn an unexpected item into a form of gift wrap, it didn’t take me long to eye this lamp shade as a potential unexpected gift wrap candidate.
Supplies I used
Piece of card board (slightly larger than the part that will be the bottom of the gift basket)
Rope (for the handles)
Hot glue gun
Awl and pencil (to poke the holes for the handles)
Chalk paint (optional – to paint the inside of the lamp shade)
Blue painters tape (use this if painting)
Note: Lamp shades vary in shape, size and age. Some of these steps would need to be changed depending on each lamp shade. Older and more vintage lamp shades are often more delicate and a different approach for making the basket handles may be needed. Just sayin.
Step 3) I cut inward lines with the scissors all around, slightly overlapping the circle line.
Step 4) I bent the outside pieces of the card board upward all along the circle line.
Step 7) To make the handles I marked two holes on opposite sides of the lamp shade nearer to the top of the basket. I poked the holes with the awl and then pushed a pencil through to make the holes bigger.
Reminder: consider a different method for more vintage lamp shades, such as gluing the handles to the inside of the shade and the attaching a piece of craft paper over the ends with decoupage.
Step 8) I knotted off two pieces of rope for handles following this diy rope handle tutorial from Lake Girl Paints.
Alternatively, I could have used my own simple rope handle tutorial (with out the coconut oil), but I really liked the idea of these knotted handles.
Last but not least, I filled the bottom of the basket with plenty of tissue and brown craft paper and then filled this pretty Celtic inspired Christmas basket with tea towels, candles, egg nog, potpourri and an evergreen seedling.
Although if I made similar ones, I would make sure to test it out if I were to add a bottle of wine.
I will also have to wrap this basket with cellophane and tie it off with a ribbon, but that’s for another day.
I think that all the rustic items I pulled together for this gift basket compliment the tartan fabric enough to make a lamp shade from the 1990’s a new and nifty unexpected gift wrap idea for the present.
check out the other ideas below
before you get-to-wrapping!
You never know what you might have lying around at home,
waiting for a gift wrap RE-VISION!