I spend a lot of time shopping at vintage flea markets. And sometimes I buy things that I know I can repurpose.
A few months ago I bought these three vintage lampshades from my friend Judy @vintagejunktionla. I knew immediately I wanted to make them in to a chandelier.
I just wasn’t exactly sure how to do it.
I knew right away that the lampshades would be perfect. They were already missing the fabric and I just cleaned them up a tiny bit.
This involved using a pair of scissors to cut some small pieces of fabric and threads. That was it!
I didn’t need a lot of supplies. Here is a list of what you will need.
- Vintage lamp shades with a metal frame
- Porcelain Keyless Socket
- 8 ft. Cord Set (you may want longer, depending on how you are going to plug in your lights).
I used 8 ft. cords and in hindsight, I will probably redo them with much longer chords. That way I wouldn’t need to use an extension cord so close to the point where
the lights are hanging.
To attach the cord to the socket, follow the directions included with the cord. This is not difficult. The first one took a few minutes to figure out
but the second and third ones were really easy. The most important step is not to forget to thread the wire through the top of the lampshade before you assemble it.
As you can see in the photo below, the cord should be threaded through the top hole of the shade.
I tied a knot so that when the shade was hung, the socket and bulb would hang straight and not at an angle. Of course, I didn’t figure this out with the first one
and had to re-do it.
I hung the lights on the lights we have strung across our back yard. You could easily hand them across the top of a patio or from a tree.
I hung three lights to make a chandelier. I hadn’t quite figured out how to hang them, so please ignore the somewhat messy extension cord at the top. I didn’t have time to set up my porch posts as that is normally how I would hang these chandeliers. So I just hung them from the lights we already have hanging in our back yard.
With a longer cord, such as 20 ft. this would look so much better. It’s funny though. My husband and I had dinner out here and we never even noticed.
It was magical.