Mad Hatter Lampshade Hats and Functional Lampshades

3 Hours

With my glue gun and lampshades from Goodwill I put together a collection of hats and shades.
I will be adding some miniature pocket watches and trinkets the I have ordered on-line. It is perfectly fine without though.
I took apart one lampshade to get the ring to use for the brim. I cut wire hangers to use to attach the brim to the lampshade. You'll want strong wire for this and a hanger seemed like the logical choice.
After pinching the wire together, I covered the wire joints with duct tape to avoid anyone getting poked when handling it.
I cut a circle out of cardboard to cover the top and glued to the rim. I then covered the cardboard with some batting I had on hand.
Using stretch velvet from cut up Goodwill dresses I covered the brim first.I glued along the inside first and then stretched it around the wire brim and glued it on the top. I then draped the hat with the purple and tied elastic around it tightly. This helped me to glue the top piece and keep my folds nice and uniform. When I was done gluing I trimmed the excess and cut the elastic off. I took a leftover piece of fabric and glued it over where the two fabrics meet to clean up the look a little. It gets hidden under ribbon anyway, so don't worry about it.
I made hat pins using hanger wire and gluing old pieces of Goodwill jewelry. Add any ribbon and feathers you can find, and you've got yourself a conversation piece! To make this one wearable I took an old hat and cut off the brim and glued the head part inside this hat. Now it fits perfectly as a costume hat too.
This was made using a much smaller bedroom lamp shade.
I left the top off this one and can use it as a shade.
Some of my collection :-)
I did this one with paper mache and finished it with torn paper bags.
Paper Mache version
Paper mache completed
Paper mache version complete
My little Mad Hatter.

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  • Sam Bo
    Sam Bo
    on Aug 22, 2017

    First off these are so amazing I love what you've done and your creativity is just over the top. What do you do with these Mad Hatter Hats?
    • Tracy Jo
      Tracy Jo
      on Aug 28, 2017

      Hi there, thank you for your kind words. The glasses were bought through AliExpress online. I think they were like $4.00 a pair. I ordered a few so I'd have extras :-) Warning, if you don't shop on Ali already you may become addicted! You can order so much through them at great pricing. Be sure to share your creations, would love to see them. Best of luck.

  • Christine Warbrick
    Christine Warbrick
    on Aug 31, 2018


    I am looking for six lampshades like this would you be interested in making them


  • Alona
    on Feb 29, 2020

    My sister made 2 of these for Christmas. We used them as tree toppers. Have you tried used any other fabric that doesn't stretch? I have tons of fabric from my business.

    • Tracy Jo
      Tracy Jo
      on May 26, 2020

      So sorry, I didn't see this. I'm sure you could use any fabric you have. I just liked the stretch for shaping as good as I could.

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  • Catherine Thurman
    Catherine Thurman
    on Nov 14, 2019

    This is amazing, thank you for sharing your beautiful ideas.

  • Sheryl
    on Jul 17, 2020

    hi.. just wondering. I have never done paper mache'.. do I do it directly on to the lampshade, or over plastic? I am assuming on the shade, as that is the base its going to stick to? thankyou.. love this idea.

    • Tracy Jo
      Tracy Jo
      on Jul 20, 2020

      I believe that one was just paper mache strips over the bare metal base of the frame. The piece was done using newspaper. Then for the final I used brown paper bag material. You could go directly over the fabric on an old lampshade. That would work perfectly fine too.

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