Transform an old yard sale mini accent lamp into a beautiful piece of home decor. An easy DIY craft tutorial idea that you can proudly display.
Do you love to look through other people’s discards to find your new treasures? Me too!
Going yard sale shopping is one of my very favorite things to do a Saturday morning. I don’t always come home with new treasures, but this time I did!
This cute little lamp was only $1! While it is nice as is, it needed to by DIY’ed in some way.
Supplies Used: Some links may be too similar items when exact items couldn’t be found online.
How to Makeover a Yard Sale Lamp
The shade was the perfect place to start.
I removed all the fabric and got it down to the skeleton. This was harder than I expected it to be. There was a lot of glue holding the fabric to the frame.
In the garage is a bucket of different twines and ropes, I really liked the texture of this twine but it was so brown and blah.
Can twine be dyed? I thought I’d find out. In a large bowl, I combined food coloring and vinegar according to the egg dye instructions, and let it sit for several hours. If it didn’t work then I could still use the twine so no harm, no foul.
It totally worked! I was hoping for a coral/peach color, but I got more of a pinkish orange. Before I moved to the next step, I removed the twine from dye mixture and left out to dry overnight.
I wasn’t exactly sure how I was going to weave the twine around the shade skeleton so I played around with it a bit until I found a technique that I liked. I basically went around and looped the twine around the metal pieces when I came to them. (I hope that makes sense 🙂 )
The weaving did take a very long time to do but looked awesome when it was done. Although, it wasn’t quite finished. It needed more.
I recently made a Handmade Journal, and the flowers that I made for the journal would be perfect to add to the lamp shade! Following the same instructions as the Handmade Journal (go there for the tutorial), I made three fabric flowers using my fabric scraps. I attached the flowers to the shade with a bit of hot glue.
For the base of the lamp, I simply painted it with some white acrylic paint. Easy Peasy!
The lamp looks amazing on top of my entertainment center, and now that it is all put together, I am loving the color of the twine.
What have you DIY’ed from a yard sale find? Share and leave a comment below.
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