June 20th, 2012
Pattern-obsessed as I am, I wanted a fun, patterned lamp shade for this pretty vintage, yellow, ceramic lamp base that I found at a thrift shop–but all of the cool shades with pretty patterns that I could find to purchase cost in the neighborhood of $120. So, I bought this simple drum lamp shade from Target and two different colors of Duct Tape, teal and orange (did you know duck take comes in all kinds of pretty colors and patterns now?) and I spent my evening cutting out the duck tape in different shapes and creating a collage on the shade. Admittedly, the tape is kinda hard to cut with precision. Lots of the pieces I cute here are imperfect and jagged (as you can see in the close-up shot). But the overall effect I’m really happy with and am excited about the possibilities of more DIY’s with colored duck tape. In all, the entire lamp–base and shade cost me under $35, and for that price, I’ll take it–jaggedy edges and all.
-Use really sharp scissors
-After finishing up the project, I wished I had had wax paper. I think that if you put the tape on wax paper first it will be much, much easier to cut out the shapes more precisely.