Creating something yourself for your home, especially when you bring an old object back to life, is incredibly satisfying. It’s also good for the planet. Anything you prevent ending up in landfills through reuse, recycling and reinventing, is a triumph. This project takes old music sheets or maps and uses them to upcycle boring lampshades. Lamps are both useful and beautiful. They offer a practical and a mood-altering addition to your home.
Lamps can help with increasing focused light where it’s needed, such as for reading, and they ceate a subtle shift in the feeling of a space. I turn off the overhead light each night and turn on the lamps, using LED globes. We are exposed to so much harsh, digital, blue light during our days, switching on a soft lamp at night time, brings much needed relief.
Vintage sheet music, papers, letters, book pages, and maps, work well for decoupage projects and artworks. They create an historic and an attractive option for DIY decorating projects. Look for a variety of patterns, fonts and lettering, to suit the look you want to create. They can be used to upcycle cupboards, tables, as well as lampshades. You can even mount and frame them for unique artworks.
Here’s how to upcycle old lamps using music sheets and maps
The very clever Patturn Studio puts music and lamps together in this project and creates handcrafted lamp shade and lighting designs, featuring lacquered papers. She uses a range of papers such as old maps. These are stunning and unique styles which bring vintage papers into the light.
This is a guest video from Patturn Studio, taking you through how to upcycle a lampshade with vintage music sheets and maps, in particular, but you could use any old papers to create a new look on a favourite lampshade. If you don’t already have one in mind, you can pick up numerous lamps and shades at op-shops. You can also find music-sheets, maps and so on, at op-shops, garage sales and places like ebay and gumtree.
Thanks to Rachel for sharing this with us – you can follow the tutorial below and hop across to her website for more information.
**updated post from 2016