As thrift shops are stuffed with funky second hand treasures just waiting to be given a new life I knew I’d have no problem finding a few lamps to bring some much needed light into my new-to-me vintage home. There were loads of lamps to choose from but the shade selection was practically non-existent so I put on my refashionista thinking cap and hit the recycling bin:
The Upcycled Coffee Can Lampshade
Can you believe that pretty lampshade was once a coffee can?
Here’s how I easily created my upcycled coffee can lampshade from bits I already had lurking around the house:
That $2 thrifted lamp was a fab shape but definitely needed a makeover.
Giving it a good clean and then painting it bright white improved the look immensely!
Now let’s get making that awesome lampshade:
Grab a clean coffee can, a length of semi-sheer scrap fabric that wraps easily around the can and some coordinating border or trim.
This is a Maxwell House coffee can (from Canada). The top and bottom are aluminum & the cylinder is thick cardboard.
Remove the lid and the label from the can.
Create the lamp screw hole in the top of your shade by simply marking an X on the bottom of the can and hammering a large nail through the middle cross-point of the X – remove the nail and you have perfectly centered hole.
Snag a measuring tape and marker, decide how many openings you’d like the sides of the lampshade to have and measure accordingly. (use the lid to hold the measuring tape in place)
Mark the areas where you’d like the open panels to be.
Carefully cut out the panels.
Grab your glue gun and, starting at the top end of the shade, affix the fabric around the outside of the can making sure to stretch it as you stick for a nice smooth finish.
Trim off the excess fabric and stick the loose end around the inside of the bottom of the shade.
Add some vintage border around the bottom.
And a bit of pretty trim around the top. (I also painted the top of the shade white to match the lamp)
Pop it on your lamp and enjoy your lovely new lampshade!
It’s amazing what can be created when a bit of imagination meets the recycling bin!
- Thrifted lamp
- Coffee can
- Scrap fabric
- Scrap trim
- Glue gun
- Razor knife