112 silk rose blossoms--$32 half off at Hobby Lobby (These were on 8 bushes)
1 lamp shade--$3 at Old Time Pottery (It was marked down from $15 for being dirty. I washed it in about 3 minutes.)
Hot glue, Old Lamp and white spray paint from stash
Note: This is a good sized lamp. Total height on finished lamp is 30 inches plus the finial. The lamp came with a shade, but I soon figured out that it was too huge and would cost close to the $100 to cover it with roses. That's why I purchased a new smaller shade. The new shade is still large--top diameter is 6 inches, bottom diameter is 13 inches with a height of 12 inches. A smaller lamp and shade would be even less expensive to do.
Here you can see the original lamp shade and the new one beside it. Besides the large size, I didn't care for the scallop design with the roses on it and ended up cutting them off to use on the new lamp.
I tried to sell the old lamp in several garage sales and no one seemed interested. It belonged to my grandmother and I really liked it, so I couldn't bring myself to send it to the thrift store as long as my mom would keep it in her garage :). When I saw the PBK picture I knew this lamp would be adorable fixed up that way.
I used paper towels and painters tape to keep the cord, lightbulb plug and hand turning thingy free of paint. And then sprayed it with 3 very light coats of satin white spray paint to make it this:
Here's a few step by step directions:
1. After you get your lamp base the way you want it, pull the rose blossoms off the stems.
2. Then use scissors to snip off the poky thing on the bottom.
3. Then apply hot glue in a small circle around the base of the rose and stick it to the lamp. I found it looked better to work in a ring instead of vertical rows. I started at the top but can see a benefit from starting at the bottom. Hold the rose in place for a few seconds until the glue sets up.
Here are some answers for some questions you might have:
Q. Will the hot glue melt a plastic shade?
A. Nope, my shade was plastic and it worked great. I couldn't remove a rose from the shade without cutting it though.
Q. Can I use low temperature glue?
A. No, the heat from your lightbulb could reactivate the glue and make the roses fall off.
Q. Are roses less expensive at Dollar Tree?
A. Yes and No. The roses at Dollar Tree are $1 a bunch, but there are only 7 roses on them instead of 14 roses per bush at Hobby Lobby for ($4 half price) The DT roses are also a lot smaller so you will need a lot more. It will end up costing about the same but imho the Hobby Lobby roses were a lot prettier.
Q. Do the roses block light from coming through the shade?
A. Yes. The roses block some of the light coming through the shade, but it is still gorgeous day and night. The evening light is the perfect bedside "read a book before falling to sleep" kind of light. We are going to place ours on the corner table between the two heads of the storage daybeds we are building for the girls' shared room. Here's a evening light photo without flash so you can get a feeling for it.
Now I have the old lamp shade that I've ruined. I wonder if I can take all the plastic off of it and make something like this?
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