DIY Globe Lampshades!

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I needed a pair of lamps to sit on top of my file cabinets in our home office/library. I decided I wanted globe lamps. You know, when you cut apart a globe in order to make lampshades out of the globe?

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Not wanting to cut up my husband’s childhood globe and since it was raining on Saturday, making it impossible for us to attend a local FOODTRUCK Festival in the rain with our youngest in a stroller, we went looking around at a few local thrift/antique stores in order to find a globe and just muse around.

I saw a lamp that I really liked while we were out shopping: (click on photo to enlarge it)

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Despite the fact that I totally fell in love with the lamp and globe lampshade, I didn’t get it, because I wanted a pair of lamps; however, I firmly believe YOU should totally go buy this handcrafted one-of-a-kind globe lamp. It’s only $15.99 at Hidden Treasures on Hwy 107 in NorthLittleRock/Sherwood, Arkansas.

I did find a globe that day at MidTowne Antiques to use for MY project. 10 bucks. Deal. That makes two lamp shades at only $5 each!! 🙂
(click on photo to enlarge it)

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HOW TO:
The easier way to split the globe would have been to just remove the tape along the equator, but then one globe would be rightside up and the other would be upside down. That wouldn’t do! I wanted a pair!! So, using a jigsaw, my husband Mitch cut it along one of the lines of longitude for me! 🙂 Now, I have a pair that are BOTH sideways. Both. That makes me happy. Next, we just drilled a hole in the top, so that it slides on easily and is held in place between the lamp’s harp and finial. Glue on trim. Insert low wattage bulb. Important: very low wattage bulb, because this is a cardboard shade. Done! (click on photos to enlarge them)

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Thanks for tuning in! Since making this project, I’ve kind of been fascinated by globe projects and prices. I’ve compiled a round-up and shopping board on Pinterest, click “Globe Trotting,” to see the globe projects I’ve found!

Second, Want to know more about the age or value of the globe you’re using in a craft project? If you look, I think there are probably several resources available. For instance, it took me about three seconds when I looked, and I discovered the globe I used was manufactured in 1981, based on the names of countries/political boundaries. The link for discovering the age of my globe is here. Neat, huh? 🙂

AND, I can’t finish this post without a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY shout out to my dad, pretty much the most awesome guy that has ever existed! Love you Dad!!

Your Friend,
~Amber Hamilton Henson

PS
When this globe lampshade parties or is featured, you’ll see the links and buttons at the bottom of this post updated daily! As always, feel free to re-post an image, pin it, tweet it, fb it, or whatever, so long as it clearly links back to here! If you do feature this project on your blog, site, or ‘zine, please, let me know and I’ll add your link into this post!

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These globe lampshades were featured!! Twice!!
(click on featured button links to see!)
A Delightsome Life

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Linking to the best Parties:
Lampshades Category @ FunkyJunkInteriors

Be Inspired #40 @ ElizabethAndCo.
Wow Us Wednesdays #87 @ SavvySouthernStyle
Primp Your Stuff #66 @ PrimpJunktion
Penny Pinching #158 @ TheThriftyHome
Treasure Hunt Thursday #77 @ FromMyFrontPorchToYours
Tutorials, Tips, & Tidbits @ StoneGableBlog
Home and Garden Thursday #10 @ BlissfulRhythm Delightsome Life
Transformation Thursday #173 @ TheShabbyCreekCottage
Hookin’ up With HOH #120 @ HouseOfHepworths
Happy Hour Friday @ HappyHourProjects
Catch as Catch Can #93 @ My Repurposed Life
ReDoux Friday #76 @ ReDoux Interiors
Funky Junk Saturday Nite Special #156 @ FunkyJunkInteriors
Be Inspired #41 @ ElizabethAndCo

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Posted on October 9, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Love it love it love it!!!!!!!!!!
    My sister is the best and you re so creative sis everything you come up with and see in items!!!!! I love you an love all on the blog!!!
    I’m digging those lamp shades classy and jazzy at the same time!!!

  2. What a clever idea!

  3. What a great idea! They are so unique and fun. Megan

  4. Amber, these are absolutely marvelous. I will be featuring your post in this week’s Home and Garden Thursday party – I appreciate you sharing,
    Kathy

    • Thanks! I see the globe lampshade’s feature at this week’s party!! Thanks so cool that you’re highlighting my project!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 I’ve added your link into the post, also! 🙂 ~Amber

  5. So freaking creative! Thanx for sharing at THT!

  6. Thank you for sharing this! I’m planning to do this, but with an acrylic globe. Hoping it works!

    • Yay! An acrylic globe lampshade sounds great! LED bulbs have appeared on the market as much more easily accessible than when I first wrote this post, but you definitely want to make sure you use a bulb that doesn’t get very hot regardless of which type of bulb you use, since globes aren’t UL rated! Thanks for stopping by and commenting! 😀 –Amber

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