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 found a handy way to upcycle it into a gift basket. This one is pretty easy to do. I made mine in one afternoon.
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, I suddenly needed a gift basket and 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)
My lamp shade was bottom heavy, so I flipped it and traced the new bottom of the lamp shade onto the piece of card board.
I also bent down the bulb clips on the lamp shade frame.
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.
I cut out the circle leaving about 1″ extra all around.
I cut inward lines with the scissors all around, slightly overlapping the circle line.
I bent the outside pieces of the card board upward all along the circle line.
I applied hot glue to the back side of the card board flaps and then pushed the card board circle down as far as it would go inside the lamp shade.
I taped off the outside of the lamp shade applied 2 coats of chalk paint to the inside.
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.
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.
Step 9) 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.
My son’s grandmother is from Ireland, so I’m thinking this basket will be ideal for her gift, although I think I’m going to have to add some tea.
I was concerned that the bottle of egg nog would make the basket too top heavy, but it turned out to be fine.
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.
As I continually try not to keep too much junk around, I was glad this lamp shade ended up in the keeper pile.
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.
So as you are getting ready to wrap up your Christmas and holiday gifts for the season, don’t forget to see if you have any lamp shades that you have on hand, or perhaps have been wanting to replace. Wouldn’t this make a great excuse for replacing them?
Hope you have a great holiday season!
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