This simple Sand Dollar lampshade craft project is a great way to remake any old lampshade into a new design feature in your beach home or regular home. You can use any old or damage fabric lampshade as the base for this Sand Dollar project to save money.
To make a Sand Dollar lampshade you will need:
Fabric Lamp Shade
Hand made paper (in ivory)
Sheet of acetate (optional)
Clear hot glue
If you are using sand dollars you found at the beach this summer, then be sure to clean them with some bleach and water. This way they will not smell!
If you are lucky enough to find a plastic lampshade you can skip this follow step and start gluing the Sand Dollars on.
If not, the first step is to completely remove all of the fabric from your damaged or existing lampshade. Start by poking some scissors through the fabric, then cut away. Once you have the body of the fabric removed then start working on the material wrapped onto the wires. This will take some time, but is a great way to save a little money and salvage and exiting lampshade.
Tip: If you don’t have a damaged or existing lampshade you want to get rid of you can buy these wire frames of a lampshade at any lampshade store. Some arts and crafts stores will also sell them.
Now, you need to cut out a hand made paper shade to glue back onto the wire frame you have left over. You can do this by using a sheet of hand made paper. You can buy white or ivory hand made paper or colored hand made paper. Go for some cream or ivory colored hand made paper! It will compliment the color of your sand dollars.
Now, take your piece of hand made paper. Lay it out on a table. Lay your wire lampshade form on the hand made paper on its side. Start rolling it and tracing with the marker to get the form.
Now, use your scissors to cut out the sheet of hand made paper. I like to cut slightly inside of the line of the marker so it is not left when you cut out the form.
Now, use your hot glue. Run a bead of glue around the top and bottom wires of the lampshade. Press the pieces of hand made paper into place.
Now, start gluing on your Sand Dollars. Be sure to have the front side facing out if one is stamped into them. If you want though you could alternate and have everyone other one be a smaller sand dollar.
For more color you could also cut a sheet of colored acetate insert to fit inside of your lamp. You will be able to see some of this color through the edges of the Sand Dollars. Glue it in place with some hot glue after you have applied all of your Sand Dollars. Choose some great handmade parchment paper or even some vellum from the art store. They have huge selections of paper that would be absolutely perfect for this simple craft project.