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DIY Project - Make yourself a Recycled Reused CD Lamp Shade

Are you a Do-It-Yourselfer? Are you a recycler? Do you have an old lamp and old CD's lying around? How about making yourself a table lamp that will be a definite conversation piece...
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Are you looking for a unique d-i-y project that you can do in less than a half an hour. Yes, that's true...less than 1/2 hour.

You will instantly have a conversation piece that will shed some light in the room - and not just any light. The rings of the CD's will allow light to create a truly unique pattern on the walls.

As well, you will be helping the environment by not contributing those nasty CD's to the landfill.

I am not sure what CD's are made from but, I am guessing that they will not biodegrade for a long, long time - not to mention what toxins they may have been made from.


Teenagers would love this lamp in their bedrooms. While I am not a teenager, I love this lamp in my living room!

Here is what you need to make this conversation piece of art table lamp:

1. An old table lamp base and shade. A metallic base works well to give a great retro funky feel. The lamp shade does not matter if it belongs to the lamp but, it will most likely work best because it will have the right size and scale. If not, just find an old lamp shade which has the right size for the lamp base.

I found this fabulously retro metal chrome lamp base in a thrift store. It probably cost me $5. It did come with a very unique glass shade originally but, overtime in storage, it got broken.

2. A bunch of old CD's - those with scratches...those they send you in the mail that you don't need.

I used a mixture of different colors of CD's. You could use all silver or all blue or purple - it just depends on what look you like.

3. Some paper clips...yes, paper clips.

To start, make sure your lamp base works. If you need to replace the wiring, do it. You do not want to have any electrical issues.

Unfold the paper clips in the middle so that there are 2 rounded folded ends on each end. Using paper clips which have been unfolded in the middle, attach the CD's together using the rounded part of the paperclip on both ends. Press the rounded part slightly so that it tightens on the centre ring of the CD. The straight portion of the paperclip will be visible on the outside of the CD's.

The top CD will attach to the top portion of the shade frame using the paperclip rounded edge. Similarly, the bottom CD will attach to the bottom of the lamp shade frame with the paper clip rounded end.

Depending on the size of your lamp and lamp shade, you may require more CD's to cover the shade. You may also get a larger overlap of the CD's which is fine too.

Put your new conversation piece on a table and light it up. Enjoy the funky glow and the never ending conversations that will pop up every time someone new sees your fabulous CD table lamp shade.

Copyright: Shelly Whitney - Inspired Interiors.ca

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