Lampshade Christmas Tree

My talented sister-in-law, Elizabeth gave me the idea of making a Christmas tree out of old lamp shades.  Elizabeth made one herself to display items at a scrapbooking convention earlier this year.  (She in turn was inspired by a tree made by Sweet Magnolias Farm. )

I started off collecting old lampshades from Goodwill.  I tried to find some that had a more interesting shape to them.  I then ripped the fabric off so they were just wire frames.  (That was an adventure in itself…)  I bought a threaded metal rod about 3 feet long and some nuts at Home Depot.  I then strung the shades on the rod one at a time and twisted a nut above and below each hole to secure the shades in place.

I had an antique bronze colored urn that the shades fit nicely on and filled the bottom with ornaments.  I didn’t bother painting it and just left everything as it was-gold, silver and tarnished metal.  (Although it does look white in the photo.)

I tried two different looks to decorate the tree.  First, I made a chain link garland out of sheet music.

I made a tree topper by rolling sheet music into cone shapes and gluing them onto a cardboard disc.  The glittered letter came from Walmart.

 The first look.

 For the second look I added gold and silver ornaments.

 And an angel topper.

The second look.  Festive with ornaments.  So there you have it–a Christmas tree out of old lampshades. 

Which look do you prefer?

(UPDATE:  I ended up using the sheet music topper with the ornaments and placed the garland inside the urn.  My favorite look.)

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  1. Oh you spoil sport. I just made one of these but was waiting to post it until after Christmas. I love them too.

  2. Caitlin @ Hardly Housewives says:

    Very cute!!

  3. Rosemary@villabarnes says:

    It look great. I love the angel topper.

  4. Hi what a fabulous idea
    You've been pinned on PINTEREST, a great site full of interesting inspirational pictures and 'how to's'
    Thanks for sharing
    Hugs Suz x

  5. So cute! I love the idea!
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

  6. Kristel T.M. says:

    That is my kind of tree! I don't have to water it and it will stay pretty to the New Year. I am thinking I may have to get some lampshades and make this happen. Thank you for sharing!

  7. Jenny @ Simcoe Street says:

    this is genius!!!

  8. Kerryanne English says:

    Oh wow, now that's thinking outside the box. Love it!
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  9. Kim @ Cheap Chic Home says:

    I'm stopping over from FJI. This is so cute. I wasn't "sold" on the look till I saw it with ornaments. So perfectly funky.

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  11. This is a fabulous idea! I started collecting vintage ornaments in pink and silver last year and I have been looking for the perfect little table-top tree to display them. This might be just thing. Thank you for sharing!

  12. Georgie Horn says:

    I am soooo copying this next year!

  13. Trish @ Uncommon says:

    So clever! I love the way it turned out! We are hosting a Home for the Holidays link party and we would love for you to join us!

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  14. Shabby chic Sandy says:

    So clever! Some people think of the cutest ideas:) Thanks for sharing!

  15. What a great twist on a Christmas Tree. I think the onrnaments look great. I am a big fan of gold and silver (red and green-not so much!).

    Robin
    Robin Flies South

  16. frugal-interior-design says:

    UGGGG, I LOVE THIS! Please follow me as I'm a big proponent of repurposing old items in new, creative ways as well.

  17. Brit @ JandMs Eye Candy says:

    This is an awesome idea! Love it :) I think both looks are great, a combo between the two I bet rocks!! So glad I found you today ;)
    Britney
    http://www.jandmseyecandy.blogspot.com

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    What an original idea! And so well done! I like both looks, but I prefer the second because it begs the onlooker to pause and truly consider every detail.

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    What an original idea! And so well done! I like both looks, but I prefer the second because it begs the onlooker to pause and truly consider every detail.

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    What an original idea! And so well done! I like both looks, but I prefer the second because it begs the onlooker to pause and truly consider every detail.

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    What an original idea! And so well done! I like both looks, but I prefer the second because it begs the onlooker to pause and truly consider every detail.

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  22. Renewed Upon a Dream says:

    This looks so cool! Very original :)

  23. That is very cute! Great repurpose! Thank you for linking up with Home Sweet home!
    Sherry

  24. Kristine @ JandMs Eye Candy says:

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  25. I totally love this and hope I can copy it–Goodwill is probably having a run on old lampshades as I write! Very inventive. highpointcircle.blogspot

  26. Sooo creative.. I absolutely love this.. I am officially your newest follower.. I have a linky party happening for Christmas ornaments and I will LOVE for you to please share this lovely feature with me and my friends please : )) http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/2011/11/special-christmas-soiree1st-feature.html –lovely blog you have here.. I'm officially happily following ya.. !TY

  27. oooo…I like your glitter-letter idea! I'm also loving your old-school sheet music garland. I'm working on a sheet music garland also…but different from yours.

    Thanks for stopping by!
    Maggei at sweetwaterbaby.blogspot

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    Love this idea! I included it on my top 10 list of handmade Christmas decor. Feel free to stop by and grab a button or link to show that you have been featured!
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  29. Hey, come by and look at my lampshade tree. I hope you like it.

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