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A Step-By-Step Guide to Rewiring a Lamp

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Antique stores, Lamps
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How to Make Cocktail Umbrella Lamps, Part 2

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Decorating, Guests, Lamps, Lampshades
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How To Make a Painted Clip-On Lamp

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Make a Pinata

Steps:6
Part of a pinata's unique charm is that no matter how ornate it is or how much time went into making it, its decorative qualities are entirely temporary. Stuffed with candy and treats, the pinata is meant to be smashed apart, spilling its contents into the hands of the children clustered around it at parties.
Materials
  • 14-inch balloon
  • Cloth tape
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper, cut into 1-by-6-inch strips
  • Wheat-paste powder
  • Strong white paper (20-pound copy paper works well)
  • Spray mount
  • Compass
  • Craft glue
  • Tissue paper in several colors
  • Rotary cutter (optional)
  • Self-healing mat (optional)
  • Utility knife
  • Large needle or piece of wire
  • Tissue-paper streamers
  • Strong cord
  • Candy, treats, and small prizes, for stuffing
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Dip-Dyed Lampshade

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Custom-Made Lampshades

Steps:4
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Yarn Lampshade

Steps:9
The right lampshade can transform an ordinary lamp into an extraordinary decorative element, and you can make beautiful, unusual ribbed lampshades by wrapping yarn around a simple metal frame.
Materials
  • Metal lampshade frame
  • Seam binding or grosgrain tape
  • Yarn or string
  • Small sewing scissors
  • Clear-drying glue
  • Small piece of cardboard, notched
  • Scotchgard (optional)
  • Interfacing (such as Pellon) or styrene (optional)
  • Cardboard or oak tag (optional)
  • Pencil or marker (optional
  • Double-sided tape
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Make a Veneer Lampshade

Steps:4
Other Ideas:
Decorating, Lamps, Lampshades, Wood
Wood veneer is normally used to create the appearance of a beautifully grained surface on furniture, but the material is surprisingly versatile. You can even use wood veneer to make a lovely, unusual lampshade.
Materials
  • Metal lampshade frame
  • Paper-backed veneer
  • Pencil
  • Utility knife
  • Metal ruler
  • Craft glue or permanent tape
  • Bone folder
  • 1/2-inch linen bookbinder's tape or trim
  • 1/4-inch linen bookbinder's tape or trim
  • Bristle or sponge brush
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Wood Veneer Lampshade

Steps:4
Wood veneer is normally used to create the appearance of a beautifully grained surface on furniture, but the material is surprisingly versatile. You can even use wood veneer to make a lovely, unusual lampshade.
Materials
  • Metal lampshade frame
  • Paper-backed veneer
  • Pencil
  • Utility knife
  • Metal ruler
  • Craft glue or permanent tape
  • Bone folder
  • 1/2-inch linen bookbinder's tape or trim
  • 1/4-inch linen bookbinder's tape or trim
  • Bristle or sponge brush
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