This simple game board dice coated lampshade craft project is a great way to remake any old lampshade into a new design feature in your family room for your weekly poker game, game night with the family, and even when you have folks over to catch a round of the World Series of poker on TV. You can use any old or damage fabric lampshade as the base for this project to save money.
To make a Poker Themed Dice lampshade you will need:
Fabric Lamp Shade
Sheet of acetate
Clear hot glue
Red dice with White dots
If you are lucky enough to find a plastic lampshade you can skip this follow step and start gluing the red and white dice 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 plastic shade to glue back onto the wire frame you have left over. You can do this by using a sheet of acetate. You can buy clear acetate or colored acetate.
Now, take your piece of acetate. Lay it out on a table. Lay your wire lampshade form on the acetate on its side. Start rolling it and tracing with the marker to get the form.
Now, use your scissors o cut out the sheet of acetate. 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 plastic acetate into place.
Now, start gluing on your red and white Poker dice. Be sure to play around with the pattern of dots showing out. If you want though you could alternate and have everyone other one with 1 or 2, sort of like a checkered board effect.
Other patterns you can make with this simple red and white Poker dice craft is lampshade in 2 different colors of poker dice. You could also create lines of color. A fun and custom look would be to make a letter, like the first letter of your last name, using the red and white Poker dice, then fill in the rest of the lamp in one other color.
For more color you could also cut a paper insert to fit inside of your lamp. You will be able to see some of this color through the edges of the red and white Poker dice. Glue it in place with some hot glue after you have applied all of your red and white Poker dice. 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.