Thursday, March 14, 2013

All Buttoned Up

Good evening everyone.  It's Thursday evening and I thought that I could  post this project before I headed off to work, but I lost the battle and had to post when I got home.  So on to my project,  I had this old lampshade form that I had picked up at a garage sale, of course.  It did have some very old fabric on it that was torn and dirty.  So the old material came off.  The shade was rusted and chipped so I wrapped the frame with some ribbon that was 1/4" wide and cream color.  I had made some garland out of old buttons and 1/8" wide ribbon that I had not used for any project.  I had taken my time and threaded a bunch of  buttons on the ribbon.  I had seen something on a blog, which I can't remember where and I thought it was a great way to use old buttons.  I kept on looking at this frame and was trying to decide what I should do with it when I saw my alabaster lamp.  The lamp needed a shade and I thought maybe this shade would look really cool with buttons on it, but I just didn't want to use all buttons.   So out came the garland and the fine tulle that I had on hand.  I decided to wrap every other section with the garland and the tulle.

Here is my awesome base.
You can see that my button garland shows the front of the button and sometimes the back of the button.  Some of is twisted and some lays flat.  Altogether it looks shabby and delicate.


I had cut the tulle twice the width of each section of the shade and gathered it on the sewing machine.  I only gathered the top of the tulle and adjusted the gathers at the top when I was hot gluing the tulle to the top of the shade.When the top was secure, I adjusted the bottom of the tulle as I glued the tulle to the bottom of the shade. 

After I added the tulle and the garland every other section, the top and the bottom of the lampshade looked a little unfinished because you could see the raw edges of the tulle and some of the buttons on the garland were not right on the edge.  So I took individual buttons(all different sizes) and glued them to the edge of the shade.  I also added a ribbon in the middle of the tulle and added a button.  I did that so the tulle would not cover the section of buttons.  When the lampshade was done I placed it on the lamp and I loved the look.  The bone buttons and all the different shades of ivory buttons seem to bring out all the wonderful marbling of the alabaster.
So this is my little shade, all buttoned up.  What do you think?  Until next time, Dianne.............

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  1. I love this. What a GREAT idea and GORGEOUS. You can bet I'll BORROW this idea. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I love button projects! I pinned yours to my button board. I think it turned out really nice. Thanks for sharing it at the Rock 'N Share!

  3. The buttons look great--really unique. Great job!

  4. Beautiful use for the pretty buttons! Great job!


  5. what a pretty makeover. the buttons just really make it so unique!

  6. Very pretty! Thanks for joining Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

  7. Love the textures and shine of all those buttons! Now I'm going to cruise my house looking for a place to put my copycat lamp.

  8. Adorable!!! a follower from NeeCee