Tip Talkin’ Tuesday-Celebrating Earth Day with fun rePurposing

We can all do our part to better the Earth for future generations! You know about recycling, reducing and reusing but sometimes it’s hard for people to see an object beyond it’s intended use and be able to repurpose it. I hope this quick post will help you do just that!

I hear it all the time…”I would have never thought of that”! My ideas are not genius by any means and that’s exactly what I tell people. I just THINK too much! That’s one of the great things about sites like Hometalk! You may not have been able to see the vision before but seeing an item repurposed gets you to thinking about things you can repurpose too! It is a mindset and once you are in it, it can be quite addicting! I’m all for healthy additions that better the environment!

I’d like to share a few ways I’ve used old lampshades in my home. Lampshades can be found at most all thrift stores and yard sales for less than $5. After stripping the fabric, you are left with a sturdy skeleton which can make for great organization when flat surfaces and walls aren’t an option. Check it out…

Lampshades work great as a photo display. I left some of the tattered edges to keep that vintage feel. It’s also great for notes and memos!

Repurposed Lampshade Photo Display by A to Z Custom Creations

As a jewelry organizer!

Repurposed Lampshade Jewelry Organizer by A to Z Custom Creations

Repurposed Lampshade Jewelry Organizer by A to Z Custom Creations

Repurposed Lampshade Jewelry Organizer by A to Z Custom Creations

I use shower hooks to hang necklaces from the center and use the vertical “bones” to clip hair accessories.

Repurposed Lampshade Jewelry Organizer by A to Z Custom Creations

Repurposed Lampshade Jewelry Organizer by A to Z Custom Creations

I make these super cute hair bow holders for my adorable nieces! They are insanely easy to make!

Repurposed Lampshade Hair Bow Organizer by A to Z Custom Creations

I found the shade at a thrift store for $2.

Repurposed Lampshade by A to Z Custom Creations

I stripped the fabric to reveal the curvy skeleton:

Repurposed Lampshade Hair Bow Organizer by A to Z Custom Creations

From there, I cut strips of ribbon and hot glued them on!

Repurposed Lampshade Hair Bow Organizer by A to Z Custom Creations

Repurposed Lampshade Hair Bow Organizer by A to Z Custom Creations

For a nice, finished end, I fold the ribbon over and cut upwards at an angle:

Repurposed Lampshade Hair Bow Organizer by A to Z Custom Creations

I like to add a little glam to the bottom of each ribbon with a jewel. This also gives the ribbon a little weight.

Repurposed Lampshade Hair Bow Organizer by A to Z Custom Creations

Repurposed Lampshade Hair Bow Organizer by A to Z Custom Creations

Repurposed Lampshade Hair Bow Organizer by A to Z Custom Creations

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See what I mean? Those lampshades were destined for a landfill! Now, they have new purpose, new life! I love that!!

How about you? Have you given new life to anything lately? I’d love to hear about it! Can you see one of these projects working in your home? Maybe in a different way? Don’t be shy! I love your feedback! Talk to ya soon! Smooches!

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Comments

  1. These are such beautiful ideas!

  2. Loretta Douglas says:

    Cute idea!

  3. Kimberly Legill says:

    Your just oozing of awesome talent! Liked and Shared

  4. Ashley Dalton says:

    Love these!! Shared and liked on FB. Crossing my fingers :)

  5. Such great ideas!! Love the lamp shade as the photo holder!!

  6. This is a great project for my girls too! I am going to have them do this!

  7. Oh, Angela…these are wonderful ideas. See? People need your inspiration! :-)

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