It's time to give the dated doily a facelift - and what better way than really highlighting the unique lace patterns in a lamp! 

It took me a few tries, but after a bit of troubleshooting I've put together here an easy-to-follow tutorial so you can make your own Doily Lamp, as seen on reMade USA. Enjoy!

Step 1: Materials and Set-Up

 For this project you will need:
  • Doilies - I recommend getting more than you think you might need. Balloons are big, and it's nice to have flexibility with where you place the doilies on your lamp. I found all of mine on Ebay (search for lot sales of doilies, and you'll find a lot of options), and I'll bet yard and estate sales would also have plenty.
  • Wallpaper glue - After a few tries with different glues, I can confidently say that wallpaper glue will be your best choice. I found a powder at my local hardware store, and mixed it much thicker than the directions stated, so it had a slightly-more-liquidy-than-jello consistency. On my first try I used a watered down wood glue, and this proved to be too sensitive to a humid environment. After 1 night of San Francisco fog and open windows, it collapsed on itself. Not cool.
  • 3 ft round balloon - Sizing is optional, but you don't want the lampshade to run too close to the bulb itself. I recommend using a cold energy-efficient bulb, and not to risk any burning or melty glue. If you can't find a 3 ft balloon at your local party store, they're easy to get online. Round balloons tend to be thicker (read: stronger) than the standard oblong balloons, and so are less likely to pop. But might as well get 2...and not risk it.
  • Large paint brush - one that you won't mind getting a bit gluey
latex gloves
spray starch
string for hanging - and some apparatus to do so. I used a ladder.
<p>It seems like you've conveniently NOT shown how the lamp bits fit into the doily bit. How to suspend the bulb inside? Maybe I'm just stupid, but I can't figure that bit out!</p>
<p>So I want to make a few of these for my wedding. I don't have doilies but I do have a bunch of lace that I got from goodwill. Do you think something like that would work too? :) </p>
I have just finished my lampshade (after 3 attempts!) and am loving the final results.....I'm just not sure how to hang it correctly!! Any help?? <br>Thanks so much! :)
I love this idea. I am moving and I plan on making 1 of these for the light overhead in my bedroom. What would be the smallest lamp that could be safely made, fire and all that?
Oh gosh. I'm not too sure. I think it all depends on the wattage of the light you're using, and how close it gets to your doilies.
very cool!! <br>
I've made one too. I didn't brush the glue on though, I just soaked all doilies in a bowl of glue. I used and old pendant shade to fit the bulb etc (a bit like this one https://fritzfryer.co.uk/c/products/lg/White_Coolie_Pendant_Light.jpg). <br>It's a beauty and So Is Yours! <br>(you heard of the product &quot;powertex&quot;? They say it'll make textile rock hard and is even weatherproof. Haven't tried it yet but thought it would be great for outside projects like covering a pergola or making a fence)
Oh awesome - and good to know. Thanks!
Great idea, my husband calls me doily lady!! I love them and appreciate all the work someone put into them. This is a great way to show them off.Thank you for sharing!
I agree with mikeasaurus, this lamp would make a fine addition for <a href="http://www.themapleresidences.com" rel="nofollow">richmond retirement homes</a>. I would also hang this in my home and I'm not old! Great tutorial.
not sure how to install the lighting to the shade, any tips? <br>
This is just awesome! Thanks for sharing :0)
Wow, I tried doing this with crocheted snow flakes. I wish I would have seen your instructable first! It would have saved me some grief. You did fantastic!
Hehe, that's a pretty fun idea! :D good job!
So adorable!
Fun lamp. I feel like this would make a fine addition to any retirement home.
That's certainly an adorable addtion to any granny's home.
That's certainly an adorable addtion to any granny's home.

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