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« on: September 23, 2011 10:43:06 AM »



Remember newspapers? That thing some kid threw on your front yard? It was full of yesterday's news, classified ads and crossword puzzles. Yes, despite iPads, smartphones and Kindles, newspapers are still going strong(ish).

I'm the entertainment editor at a newspaper, and as you can imagine, I have a lot of newspaper at my house (I get two a day sometimes!), so when I stumbled across this tutorial one day, I knew I had to make something like it. I like the idea of paying homage to my profession through art, and my boring lampshade was the perfect canvas.

This is my second of three lampshade recovers -- I covered this lampshade using a similar technique, but with fabric.

The tutorial I found was for covering a canvas with newspaper flowers. Its insanely simple, and only takes a couple of newspapers, an old canvas (recycle a used one, if you want) and lots of glue. And I mean a lot.

To begin, I cut the cord out the top of the shade, which gave it a cylindrical shape, instead of its normal cone shape. Using a hot glue gun, I covered the inside and out with flat sheets of newsprint, folding it over the edges and gluing on the inside of the shade. To make the flowers, I tore 2-inch strips down the length of the newspaper and then twisted them into flowers around my index finger. The strips dont need to all be the same size different widths of strips will make different size flowers, as well as how tightly you twist the strips into flowers (looser for bigger flowers, tighter for smaller). Watch out what you touch while you are doing this project, because your hands will get dirty.

Once a flower was twisted up, I secured the loose end with a dab of glue. Then I glued the completed flower to the lampshade. If I did it again, I maybe wouldn't cover the entire shade with flowers, because it limits the light a little too much. Id say it took about 80 flowers to cover this lampshade, and it would probably take the same amount to cover a smaller canvas.

I love how this ended up looking a modern piece, with a little twist. OK, with a lot of twists! There are little bursts of color throughout the piece from different ads. But the best thing is that this project cost me absolutely nothing but you should go out this Sunday (the biggest paper of the week, if you didn't know) and spend a couple bucks on your local rag. Many journalists like me will thank you!
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« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2011 10:55:54 AM »

I love it!  They look like roses.
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« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2011 03:44:39 PM »

I like this - it reminds me of Queen of Hearts' rose garden in Alice in Wonderland, even if they aren't painted red!  I like the newspaper look to them.  Good job - way to drum up some job security too!   Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2011 06:34:32 PM »

love, love, love this!! Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2011 09:17:40 PM »

Love it! How neat!
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