I take tons of photos, and print them out regularly. With the hope of scrapbooking them one day. I don't want my photos to have to wait until I can journal about them or put them in a frame, I want to enjoy them right away! I took this great lampshade from Lamps.com and used the idea of the criss-cross ribbons on a french memo board to make a lampshade that reminds me of a pineapple - but is a great place to tuck photos (or birthday cards, or Christmas cards, or whatever the season brings!)
Ribbon (I used yellow grosgrain ribbon)
Needle and Thread (optional)
Bulb and Lamp Base
I started by measuring my lampshade, and then making a small mark every 10 inches along the edge. I did the same along the other edge, but off-centered my marks. So, on one side my marks were at 10, 20, 30 inches, and on the other side at 5, 15, 25 etc.
I glued ribbon from a mark on one side at an angle to a notch two down on the other side. I repeated this all the way around the lampshade.
I then repeated the process in the opposite direction.
On both the top and the bottom, I measured the criss-cross to keep them even, and stitched them in place with a few stitches. If you're not the needle-and-thread type, you could use a glue gun.
After I had stitched in place all the top and bottom crossings (leaving the center ones alone), I glued some ribbon around the top and the bottom of the lampshade to give it a finished look. Then I put the lampshade on my lamp base, and was able to tuck in my photos!
You can win a $100 Lamps.com gift card, and vote for your favorite lampshade transformation by visiting the Lamps.com site. I'd love it if you voted for me!
Disclosure: I was given free product from Lamps.com as compensation for this post.