July 6, 2011

Lamp Shade Bow Holder

This has been such a handy and eye pleasing craft -- I am really happy with it!
This lamp doubles as a bow holder, and I used ribbon to match the colors in my girls' room - so it fits right in with the decor!

After seeing this post at This Present Life, I immediately kept my eye open for a lamp shade and lamp base that would work....

Ugly, right??  I picked this beauty up at a garage sale for $1 - because it had just what I needed - a metal framed lamp shade.  These are actually rather hard to find in regular stores.  You might have to go thrifting to find one... 

After ripping off the fabric, it required a good long scrub with some steel wool to get the rust off, and then a couple of coats of spray paint.  The lamp base got the spray paint too, and some sand paper distressing:

The Present Life has a good explanation on covering the metal shade with ribbon.  I had wanted to put my ribbon on horizontally, but that does not work very well.  Best to keep the ribbons running vertically - but as you can see here, I used 3 different kinds of ribbon, and spaced mine pretty close together...

All these bows clip right onto the ribbon.  It makes for really easy access, the bows are really easy to see (in order to pick the exact right color!), they are easy to put back, and the lamp actually works if I want!

I have tried out quite a few different bow holders - and I really think this one is going to stick! ;)  It is working great!

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  1. saw this on tatertots and jello, stopping by from my blog,

    looks so cute. can't wait to make cute things like this when i have kids!

  2. This is seriously so cute- such a brilliant and creative idea! And all the bows that you have on there are darling! I am your newest follower and I would love to have you come over and link this up to our Link Party going on this weekend- and every link counts as an entry in our giveaway!
    Camille @

  3. Your lamp/bow holder came out so cute! I love the shape of the lampshade you found! (And you're right, you really have to search for those metal framed ones). So glad you found the tutorial helpful and that it's working for you :)

  4. This is too cute! What a clever idea!

  5. This is super cute! I'm stopping by from the Homemaker on a Dime party. I would love for you to link this up to My Favorite Things party! It's going on all week,
    & be sure to check out my giveaway too!

  6. The Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop became the coolest party on the block because of your participation. Thank you!

  7. What a fun and creative idea -- thanks for sharing :) I will be featuring this on my blog along with a few other crafty ideas I've found this week. I hope you'll have a chance to stop by and maybe grab the Featured Me button for your blog. :)
    Craft Junkie Too

  8. Loving this super cute (and useful) little lamp! Would love for you to stop by and share this at the Tuesday To Do Party if you get a chance!

  9. So colorful, I love it! I've featured this post on Craft Gossip here:

    If you would like a "featured by" button, you can grab one here:

  10. How smart is that! Pretty and practical! My daughter's clips are thrown all over the place-in her drawers, her bathroom drawers, in my room and just about anywhere I happen to do her hair that day. I like this idea so much better!

  11. OMG!! This would look so adorable in my girls room. If you get a chance I would love you to link your lamp shade up to More the Merrier Monday. It lasts through Wednesday so you have plenty of time to stop by. See you there.

  12. PERFECT lamp shade for a little girl's room, I'm pinning this idea right now so I can use it in the future! Thanks so much!

    Brie from

  13. I love this lampshade idea!! I tried to make one, but I cannot get the spray paint to stick to the shade frame, even after using a primer. Any suggestions? Thanks.