It’s time for another of my very favorite projects – a repurposed project!
A few weeks ago, I was driving along on a beautiful fall afternoon when I spied an estate sale sign. I was actually without my toddler sidekick for once and couldn’t resist the chance to browse a sale without trying to wrangle a tiny person intent on breaking every thing in sight. I only ended up buying one thing but I had the best time leisurely looking at every little thing. (Something I very much took for granted before I was a mom!)
The one thing I bought was a plastic case full of hundreds of old photo slides. It made me so sad thinking of someone’s precious memories sitting on the shelf unwanted and the whole box was only $2 so I went for it. I knew there had to be something I could do with them.
That night I looked through them all to see what I had. There were actually very few family photos (which made me feel better). Instead, they were almost all photos of landscaping and flowers.
After a little hunt for inspiration on Pinterest, I knew my slides were destined to become a one of a kind lampshade.
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The process was super simple – just tedious. I connected all of my slides using jump rings (like you use for jewelry making).
To do this, I started by making two holes in each corner. I tried several different methods for this but found the easiest way to be simply hammering a nail into each corner to leave a small hole. After I made the holes in the first slide, I used it as a template for all the others.
Once all the holes were made, I connected the slides at each corner as shown above.
When the slides were all woven together, it was time to turn them into a lampshade. To keep things inexpensive I made the top of my lampshade using an embroidery hoop and some wire
I used a little wood glue to attach the top layer of slides to the embroidery hoop. Then I simply rested the crossed wires on top of my lamp harp.
When the lampshade was finished, I thought it looked kind of cool.
But when I turned on the lamp, it became magical.
All of those beautiful flower slides came to life with the light shining through!
And I can’t help thinking how much more amazing this would be if these were old photos of my own family. That would be a true treasure – although my flower version is pretty beautiful too.
And now you have got to check out my fellow repurposers’ projects – amazing as always!
Upcycled Kitchen Pendant by Bigger than the Three of Us
Upcycled Photo Display by Life as a Thrifter
Fall Frame Wreath by Thrifty and Chic
Wine Bottle Cover by All Things G & D