This simple Poker Card lampshade craft project is a great way to remake any old lampshade into a new design feature in your home for your game room, poker room, or even to display on your weekly poker night. You can use any old or damage fabric lampshade as the base for this Poker Card project to save money.
To make a Poker Card lampshade you will need:
Fabric Lamp Shade
Sheet of acetate
Clear hot glue
Decks of Cards
If you are lucky enough to find a plastic lampshade you can skip this follow step and start gluing the Poker Cards on.
You really could start gluing on your playing cards onto a fabric lampshade, but if yours is really damage then follow the next steps to clean your lamp up so you will finish with a professional looking project!
To completely remove all of the fabric from your damaged or existing lampshade you need to: 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 he 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 to 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 Poker Cards. Be sure to have the suits of ace, diamond, spade, and clubs on them facing out. If you want though you could alternate and have everyone other one with the back of the poker cards facing out, sort of like a checkered board effect. The others can face in and show their face side out.
Other patterns you can make with this simple Poker Card craft are lampshade in all one color of the playing cards. You could also create lines of color.
A fun look would be to make a Poker hand using the deck of cards, and then fill in the rest of the lamp in one other color all backsides facing out. You could have four of a kind showing, a flush, a straight flush, or any other great poker hand someone would want to have when playing for real!
For more color you could also cut a paper insert to fit inside of your lamp. Glue on only hands of Poker spaced out so you can see the lampshade around them. 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.