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.)