Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Buttons Buttons Buttons

During the makeover this week of our back office 
I decided I wanted to do a project that I saw on
 the internet...a Button Lamp!
"Recycled Lamp Shade"

Recently at an estate sale I came across
 a perfect lamp for the project, at a perfect price - $7.50.

Now all that I needed to find were buttons! I wanted to 
cover the whole lamp shade like the picture so I was going to
 need a lot! I searched on the internet and thought eBay would
 be my best bet to buy in bulk, but I was concerned about
 the colors I would end up getting. Then I remembered that my 
Aunt had made me a button bouquet (more to come 
on that project in a future post!), so I asked her where she came 
across all of her buttons. She told me that all of her's were from 
auctions and estate sales and that she had enough that I could see if I 
wanted ones from her collection. So I gathered up all of her 
buttons and started picking out ones that I liked for the lamp

Lulu helped me

I picked out colors to match the fabric panels I am making for the office also.

After I had picked out what I thought would be enough
 buttons it was time to get them onto the lamp shade. 
I decided to try using a hot glue gun to get them on. This 
plan worked very well (just be careful, I dropped a button 
on my leg....ouch!) I randomly glued the buttons all over the lamp
 shade. It is a good idea to do this step while watching
 TV, it is a looooonnnng step!

After I got the lamp shade finished, I painted the base
 red. I taped over the gold around the top and bottom of the 
greenish part that I wanted to paint, then I used Folk Art acrylic
 paint and then sprayed it with a sealer to protect it from 
chipping. Looking back, I think that spray paint would have been 
a  faster option.

After the paint dried, I had my finished product!!

I was so happy with how this project turned out.
I can't wait to get it into the office!
I think I might even have to make a
button frame too!!

Lamp, buttons, paint (spray or acrylic),
 spray sealer, hot glue gun and glue

around $10
Based entirely on the lamp you get and 
if you have an AWESOME Aunt with lots of buttons!


  1. Oh my gosh! I can't believe I gave birth to you. And I really can't believe that this is the same little girl who came home mad in 6th grade and told us, "I am not going to let home e-co-nom-ics ruin my straight A's." Love, love, love your lamp!

  2. I didn't mean to be Anonymous.