A Gorgeous DIY Beaded Lampshade

This DIY beaded lampshade is so beautiful.  I can’t believe it’s made from a small wire trash can!  What a fun, unique and lovely way to update a lamp in your home.  This project is easy but will take a little time to complete.  It will be worth it!  Thanks Minerva’s Garden for this illuminating idea (haha).

I decided to tackle the lamp that goes on the vanity.  I love this lamp.  My husband, before I even met him years ago, was working on a construction site, and he found this lamp in a house that was getting ready to be refurbished  He let me use it, I love it, and have enjoyed it ever since.

I did not love the old shade, however, which was just a plain white shade.  So I’ve been on the lookout for a new shade for this neat old lamp.

I went on Pinterest and found that someone had made a lampshade from a small metal wire trash can.  I like the shape of it, but I wanted to take it in a different direction and give it a different finish.

This is what I started with:

This is a plain metal covered with plastic trash can from Dollar Tree.

It wasn’t very hard to make, but it took a little time.

In order for the shade to hang at the right length for my lamp base (it was a little long for my lamp), I had to create a little “X” at the top, using wire, about 2 inches from the bottom of the trash can.  On this wire “X” rests the other metal piece that I used:

This is just a lamp bulb clip-on holder that I took out of an old lamp shade that I had.


Images from Minerva’s Garden.

For full instructions visit Minerva’s Garden.


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