Help me repurpose my old Moroccan lamps! #Do It Yourself#advice#lamps#lighting Updated Oct 12 2015 (Posted Feb 22 2013) Guest post by Astellus Offbeat Home & Life runs these advice questions as an opportunity for our readers to share personal experiences and anecdotes. Readers are responsible for doing their own research before following any advice given here... or anywhere else on the web, for that matter. I have some old red Moroccan lamps similar to this image that are getting a little worse for wear. Over the years they have accumulated dust, rips, tears, stains and have taken an overall beating. While the metal holding the lamp shades in place is still perfectly usable, the material has definitely seen better days. However, because they are such an odd design, I am having a difficult time coming up with something crafty to do with them. Can anyone suggest a quick, cheap fix for these Moroccan lamps? I'm not nearly as crafty as I would like to be and the silk surrounding the shades is so dry and brittle it tears easily if you attempt to clean it. I would however, like to maintain a Moroccan feel to them. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated! -Astellus Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Astellus I am a newly minted, happy little small town librarian. The hubby and I are going through our home bit by bit and adding our personal touches while blending our two styles together. PREVIOUS Cthulhus like to wind down, too: tentacle wall decal for your tub NEXT Do you know of any toddler-friendly books that talk about breastfeeding a baby? Show/Hide comments [ 10 ] Does the metal frame part extend all the way down the shade? Or is it frame that the fabric hangs loose from? If it's a metal frame that keeps its shape even without the fabric, maybe you could do something like this?http://www.rubylane.com/item/825459-RVC790/Vintage-Brass-Amber-Glass-Beaded ? Obviously, this is an antique one for sale, it was the best picture I could find of what I'm talking about in detail though. There are several DIY beaded lampshade tutorials out there, and it does not seem like it would be hard to string and wrap the beads, maybe just a little time consuming. It could be cool, while still keeping the Moroccan feel. Reply Yes, the shades themselves do have metal all the way through them. I hadn't considered beading them, but it would certainly keep the Moroccan feel intact! Thank you for the suggestion. Reply This was going to be my suggestion. As long as you buy beads that match well, even if you're not a crafty person it shouldn't be too hard to string and wrap them/weave them through the frame. You don't even need to string them in a pattern. My suggestion for how to get strands that stay in place is to buy clamps, the kind with a hold in one end, two little metal disks (http://www.artfire.com/uploads/product/8/188/47188/3747188/3747188/large/bead_tips_bottom_clamp_raw_brass_50_fi174_4862d761.jpg), fishing line or plastic-coated wire (not plain wire, it can break), and a pair of pliers to clamp the clamp in place. Double string the fishing line, tying it in a triple or quadruple knot at the end. String the clamp, with the metal disks facing down so they cover the knot, and clamp it over the knot, trimming any excess. The double stringed fishing line will help prevent the line from stretching with time (not necessary if you use plastic-coated wire, but then getting the clamp with the other end on with no slack is a challenge. With double stringed line, you can just tie regularly and clamp over that). Then bead and bead and bead, and when your line runs out (about three inches from the end), add another clamp (discs up), tie a bunch of knots, and clamp over the discs. The hooks will help you attach it to the frame, and pliers will close them into loops (some clamps come with closeable loops, others come with closed loops through which you can insert little metal circles, called jump beads, that are closed with pliers). Or you can loop two together if your original string is not long enough, like connecting strands of Christmas lights. Reply Could you try cutting the fabric off one and using it as a template for cutting fabric or paper to make new shades? A hot glue gun would probably be your best friend in reattaching the new shade Reply It's a good suggestion and certainly possible. However, I tried doing that with lanterns and it was a horrendous failure (they just didn't look professional, or even good-amateur, at all)…and I'm pretty crafty. Someone who is not crafty might not be able to pull it off. Reply If your not attached to the lamp aspect of them you could use the base to display decorative hanging objects and mix them up throughout the year. Reply I'm with Mich, that buying some fabric and making your own shades should be pretty doable if there is a metal frame. Hot glue does work wonders, especially if paired with a couple quick stitches. Alternately, I've seen faux moroccan jars lately and I bet if you bought some acetate (the stuff used for overhead projector transparencies), you could put that on the metal frame and then use puff paint to decorate it. (or use tissue paper and do something like papel picado.) Reply If these were mine, I would either: Turn them into tiny hanging plant hangers with a tiny succulent, an air plant, or a cutting from another plant in a tiny jar/lightbulb/salt shaker… Turn the lamp sideways, attach it to the wall, recover the shade, and use it sconce style. Use one of the bases as a banana stand. Or, Use the stand as a hanger for something else, photos, ornaments, necklaces, or whatever. Reply You can certainly re finish them with more fabric or beading, but have you considered tearing all of the fabric off and filling them with different mosses, like peat moss and using them as hanging herb gardens around the house or outside? You can be really fancy and get some (or make some) beaded or crystal tassels or charms to hang from the bottoms of them. *note if you use Crystals- hunt local flea markets, thrifts, estate sales for pieces of broken chandeliers and things; they will cast beautiful rainbows around the house or outside when the sun hits.* Reply you can get goat hide really cheap and just restretchthe with hide and paint Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 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