Up-cycled Lamp with Yarn

I get so excited when family gives me something that they think I can up-cycle.  It saves me from having to go thrifting, and pushes me to redo things I wouldn’t think of like here.

This one was given to me when my sister in law was moving.

Obviously, it is a Winny the Pooh lamp that the shade has broken off.  Easy to fix, just glue the shade back on the  interwire thingy. (yes, we are using technical terms today)
While Winny the Pooh is fine. I don’t love it for decor.  And to be honest my husband is not a fan.  So I changed it.
First I painted the base white and put a tiered burlap ruffle around the shade.  No photo because, it was a huge flop!  Oh, my was it bad.  So, it sat on my desk being sad and depressing me. Until enough was enough and I fixed it.

This time I started with the shade.  And surprise, surprise I used yarn.  This is the last yarn related post for a little while I promise.  These photos are not the greatest, it was overcast the day I was working on it. We are working with what we have people. I wrapped the yarn around and around using my hot glue gun to keep it in place.  I LOVE my hot glue gun!

Then I braided some yarn and wrapped it over the top and bottom row of yarn.  Please excuse the roll of toilet paper in the background.  I have been sick and we ran out of tissues.

Cut it off and glue it on.   Trying to make it as neat as possible.  Who am I kidding? We are working with yarn and hot glue it is not going to look perfect.

 So we are going to need a finishing touch.  Enter these cute buttons from Pick Your Plum.  They are made from coconut shell.  The front is the lighter and the back darker.  I used the back for this. 

I had a hard time deciding between 4 or 5 buttons.  I used straight pins to hold them in place while I decided.(click on the photo to enlarge)

In the end I went with 4.  Five just seemed like to much.  Hot glue those babies in place and the shade is done.

Now the base, if you are keeping track I said that I painted it white at the beginning of the post.  Obviously it is not white.  White didn’t go with the yarn. I spray painted it with a metallic sliver paint.  You know the ones that are supposed to make things look like brushed nickle.  For some reason it didn’t go on very well.  When I started sanding off the paint to repaint I really liked the way it looked.  So I kept it.  It was one of those happy crafting accidents.  It still even as some of the shine in places.

Now to put it all together.

 It almost looks like a sweater.  I LOVE it.  This lamp didn’t give off a ton of light to begin with.  It gives off about same amount now.

Thanks for hanin’ out.

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  1. Isn’t it funny how things work out by surprise sometimes. Very nice, Kadie. I love that yarn, great colour.

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  3. Love how it turned out! People always seem to give me all their “crap” too. But I love it!

  4. LP aka A Crafty Southern Chick says:

    I love the yarn! And upcycling/repurposing is so addictive. I have a problem with it, I’m terrified I’ll be on Hoarders one day going “but I KNOW I can make something with all this stuff!” ha! 🙂

  5. good job!! its cute

  6. again very clever. jeni

  7. As much as I like Winnie the Pooh I think this turned out great. The base turned out wonderful!

  8. Kadie, it looks great!! You made me giggle about the toilet paper sitting there. It happens a lot around here and then sometimes you might find tissues in the bathroom because we ran out of toilet paper!

  9. Catie @ Catie's Corner says:

    Very cute! I love the texture of the yarn. Over the summer I covered a cheap white lamp shade with jute and did braids for the top and bottom too. It looks great in our beachy sunroom. Great job Kadie!

    ~ Catie

    Stop by and say hi sometime. = )

  10. Quite the transformation! Great job!

  11. Our Village is a Little Different says:

    This came out great!

  12. Sunny Vanilla says:

    I love upcycled projects. This turned out great! Linking up after you on Whatever goes Wednesday.

  13. it turned out nice

  14. Crafty Mischief says:

    Stopping by from Cherished Bliss. This looks great!

  15. You really made this look so much better! Thanks for linking to Things I’ve Done Thursday!


  16. Katie @ OhhBaby says:

    You made this look fabulous! I love it! Great job. Its amazing what you can do with an old lamp! Would love for you to link it up to Fabulous Friday! http://ohhbabydesigns.blogspot.com/2011/09/fabulous-friday-5-easy-artwork.html

  17. Rachel Sue says:

    Super cute! I would love to feature this on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Your feature will go live Fri. (10-7) Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Thanks!

  18. Oh, I so love this little lamp! What a great transformation! The creativity is just fabulous! I bet you are loving your ‘new’ lamp that you have! Thanks so much for sharing at Show & Share!

  19. So much better than pooh!! I love how the lamp turned out!! Thanks for joining last week’s What’s In The Gunny Sack? link party and I hope to see you again for tomorrow’s party!

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