Here is my first attempt at an "ible"...over time I shall improve. Thanks for looking and hope someone is inspired as much as I have been inspired by this website!
Just about every other day I am doing some sort of project for either my wife, myself, or for the house, nothing major, just things to kill boredom. Now I am not sure if it was on here or maybe a "upcycling" website, but I saw an individual make a lamp shade from coffee filters....and I can really dig upcycling or recycling something into another useful item, whether for function or for form, makes no difference...hence this project I took on today.
When we moved into this new condo several light fixtures were pretty rough to look at....mainly the back patio and the guest bathroom. Of course TIME and MONEY can always be an issue regarding NEW items around the house no matter how small, so I thought about some lighting ideas based on the other lampshade I had seen reusing used coffee filters and came up with this idea. (Oh, and chop sticks too!)
BTW, I am positive there are better ways to do this, better materials, etc....so perhaps use this "ible" for inspiration rather than an exact guide. I tend to be impatient when I have ideas in my head and I like to get projects done in a relatively short period of time.
Materials were simple and were also things I already had throughout the garage...
- Gorilla Wood Glue or other wood glue on hand
- Rolling Pin or pipe/pvc
- Small Plastic Dish
- Small Paint Brush
- 15 or so used coffee filters
- Various plant leaves from the garden
- Scissors/ Razor Blade
...and of course the bathroom light fixture. Many of you have seen this exact glass cover in your own bathroom, pretty standard when they build some of these condo/apartments....frosted glass with a "see-thru" swirl pattern? Now I am not going to say it is hideous, but we like a more organic and earthy look in our home plus we tend to be frugal with expenses.
Step 1: Drink some Java and save the filters!
First off gather up used coffee filters. We tend to have a pot of coffee in this household every morning, so the filters add up easily. When cleaning the coffee maker I would rinse the filters and set them aside to dry. Once they are dry you will tear them up as shown in the picture.
Remember, you'll want these to be used, not new, so the coffee stains come into play with the light...gives a rustic look and warm glow.My wife says tea stained filters would come out darker than coffee...we'll see on another project.
Anyhow, I happened to have used 15-17 used filters on this light.