How to Make A Paris Lamp

January 3rd, 2010 in blog, projects     
georgiamoon Georgia Terrell, contributor
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This is the fnished lamp and it will be going over a new round industrial looking table I just bought at an Estate Auction.
Paris anyone?
Another view
Not sure what kind of style this is but I know its not mine.
I liked that it had an inner shade, not just a bare bulb.
Off with its fringe! Is that called be-fringing? (like be-heading...get it?)
Bare bones.
This is scrapbook paper and the styrene I spray mounted the sheets to.
This was the hardest part. I had to score it every two inches and then break them apart, put the hole in the top and hang from small S hooks.
This is the fnished lamp and it will be going over a new round industrial looking table I just bought at an Estate Auction.

This is the fnished lamp and it will be going over a new round industrial looking table I just bought at an Estate Auction.

When I saw this hanging lamp at the thrift store my first reaction was to walk away...laughing, but I decided I could hang something from it to replace the fringe and it might not look too bad. When I came up with the idea for panels I wasn't so sure how it would turn out and tried several things with the Paris paper before hitting on this stuff called Styrene that I bought at a sign shop. It is easy to cut (score and break) and had the right thickness to it. I knew it needed some weight to it so that it wouldn't curl or bend and this worked out pretty good. The trick was remembering the sequence of strips...whew!

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Comments (42)

Mark Sindone writes: How did you get this idea? And to have executed it so elegantly on a lamp from an abandoned storage / junk mart. It's really a very lovely piece that anybody would be happy to have bought and displayed in their own homes. You're right about the fdringe though! Definitely outdated and not at all stylish, but you truly did something amazing with it. Can't wait to see what else you've done! Posted: 7:17 pm on November 19th
tomyzgurl6 writes: You, my friend are a genius! Posted: 1:22 pm on April 8th
ModHomeEcTeacher writes: Georgia,
I just had to post this on It is fantastic!! You really are a gifted girl!! I hope this brings some traffic to your projects. shelly leer Posted: 9:08 am on January 29th
MakinItHappen writes: This is a beautiful, practical, elegant solution. My husband made a similar chandelier out of acrylic, but this looks a lot easier and funner. I must find this styrene of which you speak. But I probably can't find the fringey lamp to recycle. ;) Posted: 8:06 pm on January 10th
byabpryor writes: Absolutely divine!

. Posted: 5:19 pm on January 4th
54girl writes: This is just so creative and beautful!!! Love it!!! Mary Posted: 3:35 pm on January 4th
RustyDiva writes: Oh Georgia ~ I think this is my favorite of all the wonderful projects you've done! What a great lamp. I've seen that paper and love it but never had a project it would fit. Absolutely awesome job!!!!!!!!!

Kenda Posted: 10:46 am on January 4th
chippingcharm writes: Yep...SERIOUSLY creative! Laurel Posted: 8:20 am on January 4th
concretenprimroses writes: STunning!
Kthy Posted: 7:55 am on January 4th
SantaClaus writes: I normally have my first cup of coffee while I browse JMS & at first I thought that fringe "thingy" was a mop - good gravy, I NEED more coffee! Then, when I read in sequence what you did, OMG, I would have by-passed that fringy lamp in the first place. What a "brilliant" transformation!!! Kudos to you girl - you DO Rock. Posted: 6:27 am on January 4th
suewannabeinkc writes: Totally cool! I love the idea of the styrene material for backing/weight. This may work for a clock project of mine!
Joanne Posted: 10:40 pm on January 3rd
JunkArchitect writes: Georgia, I think this is one of the more dramatic transformations in all of 2009. It was butt ugly before you be-fringed it. Being the talented little thing that you are you were able to turn it into a beautiful lamp. I wouldn’t mind going to Paris on a junk excursion. They gotta lot of good junk over there…and food…and wine.

Jim Posted: 9:01 pm on January 3rd
Cocalotta writes:
I love the "Paris" look lamp! Would love that hanging
in my computer room that has Country French accents.
A mighty smart woman you are...keep it up. Posted: 7:52 pm on January 3rd
monakent writes: I can not stop laughing at the fringe!!! very....ummmmm....interesting (I don't want to tell you what I really think!!!).

You have created a masterpiece my dear. Simply MARV-elous. What a creative mind you have. This lamp is a sight to see and a work of art. Oooooo-la-LA!!!! gailmarie Posted: 7:28 pm on January 3rd
oldnews writes: Absolutely, totally deserving of best of 2009! What an amazing transformation!! Marie Posted: 4:00 pm on January 3rd
Junk_Sophisticate writes: I was given the opportunity to select my favorite 2009 contributor project of Georgia's and knew immediately which one I wanted to highlight! Funny thing is I forgot just how hilarious the fringy before photo in her post was. I couldn't blame her one bit for almost walking away from it but am glad she didn't.

Her completed contemporary fixture with Parisian flair got us all thinking about the brassy chandelier frames we've come across over the years and wondering how we could get our hands on some of that styrene!

Thanks, Georgia, for this amazingly cool project! It is definitely deserving of a "Best Of 2009!" Wishing you and yours well in the New Year!
Posted: 9:58 pm on December 17th
WhisperWood Cottage writes: This is so wonderful, Georgia! Truly!

Amy Posted: 11:26 pm on January 31st
CreepinJen writes: I can only hope to find as ugly a lamp as you have and become equally inspired. What a transformation! Posted: 8:27 pm on January 30th
JunkToJazz writes: I LOVE this! What a fabulous idea!! Posted: 9:25 pm on January 29th
junkrat writes:
you SO rock the junk, my little georgia peach :)
this is EXTREMELY yummy!! Posted: 1:58 am on January 17th
chiccottagejunk writes: Oh, wow, thanks for the idea. I, too, bought one of these at the local thrift store for about $1.00 but it's a bit smaller. Neon green fringe on a lamp is NOT my color, but I can't pass up these cool finds. It's tucked away in my "junk" room and I wasn't sure what to do with it but now you've got the creative juices flowing. Thanks so much for sharing your gorgeous Paris Lamp idea! Posted: 5:32 pm on January 15th
CottageElements writes: Geo, I think this is one of my favorite projects from you! Absolutely gorgeous! And it looks like I'm not alone on this one by looking at all the comments. Great job!

Lani Posted: 12:00 am on January 13th
writes: Geo,
This is THE BEST project to come out of your brilliant mind yet! It is so nicely done! And JMS'ers - it's even nicer in person. We stopped by for a hug on Saturday and saw in live and in person. 10 stars sister!

:-) JennyK Posted: 11:07 pm on January 12th
QueenofQuanity writes: Awesome, awesome, awesome.

The Queen of Junk and lots of it! Posted: 9:13 pm on January 12th
FunktionalJunk writes: Oh my gosh! This is just too cool. My teenage daughter probably would've loved the fringe version but I am in love with the Paris one! This technique offers so mnay possibilities. Now I can't wait to find a lamp to try this with! Thanks, as always, for your inspiration!

Leah Posted: 3:01 pm on January 12th
shabbychick writes: Georgia - What a wonderful French twist you put on that hanging lamp! I agree with all the comments - this is fabulous!

I've got a lot of lampshades for projects - I might have to try something like this too!

Thanks for sharing!

Kathy Posted: 11:32 am on January 12th
georgiamoon writes: WOW I am honored by the high praise, especially coming from such a talented group of people like you guys. I had fun with this one. I was inspired by my new-found love of the simple barrel shades I see over tables instead of a fancy chandelier, which I still LOVE btw, but maybe I am expanding my tastes a little. This site sure does give us so many options in the way we think about design. I hope that many of you will try this project and show us how you interpret this style to fit your own taste. THIS is what it is all about! Love to you all, Geo

PS Janis...knew you'd love the paper I chose! and Judi, I'm on my way...would love to go shopping with you in Texas!!! Posted: 2:46 pm on January 11th
paisleypenguin writes: This is absolutely fabulous. It's so awesome you saw past that fringe. I would love to make something like this for my home! Posted: 1:10 pm on January 11th
Meadowview_Farm writes: Georgia:
Lovely, lovely, lovely. "Paris-Chic" it is!
Kari Posted: 11:26 am on January 11th
berton718 writes: Geo you are very talented!! I LOVE this lamp!! Thanks for sharing!! Posted: 9:59 am on January 11th
MimiToria writes: DITTO to everything everyone already said. Love it! My favorite project of yours as well Georgia. I think this turned out incredible. I love Paris stuff, so this is wayyyyy cool!
What insight and creativity you have girl!
Gretchen Posted: 8:11 pm on January 10th
junkjunkie writes: I couldn't agree more with all the comments. This is incredible, and so inspiring.

Fabulous idea.

Patty B. Posted: 7:42 pm on January 10th
fellowjunker writes: WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW.........AND ON AND ON!!!!!!!! I absolutely love this Georgia...what a fabulous well executed idea.
xojanis Posted: 6:36 pm on January 10th
stpaulgirl7 writes: Love it. I would have walked by it missing its fabulous potential. Is that thinking out of the box? or in this case the lamp. Where were you when I had my mother's french Paris Birthday party in Oct, that lamp is perfect! Posted: 6:23 pm on January 10th
junkermidge writes: That is beyond cool. That fringe version was hideous. What vision you had to see what could be. You rock!
Midge Posted: 6:17 pm on January 10th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: I absolutely love this and think it looks unbelievably cool! You really have my head spinning with that Styrene product. Especially after seeing a bizillion chandelier and lighting frames at a ReStore last weekend. Awesome project Georgia! My favorite of yours as well!

Candy Posted: 5:22 pm on January 10th
LuAnn writes: OMG!!! This is just beautiful. You certainly did a great job and how ingenious!!

LuAnn Posted: 5:08 pm on January 10th
fauxwoman writes: I know you've heard it before - but I am amazed at your simple solution! I use styrene for my wall finish sample boards, and have bazillions of photos from working projects abroad. Wish the yard-sales were good this time of year, but I will find a way to make this! Posted: 4:50 pm on January 10th
junkinhart writes: I REALLY LOVE THIS, GEO!! So many possiblities with this one!! Great idea and well as pulling it all together!! Stunning!

Cindy Posted: 4:29 pm on January 10th
judithomas writes: This is STUNNING!!!!!

You have such an eye for seeing possibilities.....Come to Texas and I will take you shopping!!!!

Wonderful Job!
Judi Posted: 4:09 pm on January 10th
Gardenjunky writes:

Wow, is that a fantastic lamp. I cannot believe the
transformation. I would snap up the paris version in
a heartbeat. The fringe look however, I am sure I would
have passed on and not had your great insight.
Great job.

Carolyn Posted: 4:05 pm on January 10th
suewhitney writes: Wowsers, bowsers! This is soooooooooo cool! You've made some nifty-noodle stuff but I do declare this is my all time favorite. You rock girl!

Take care
Sue Posted: 4:01 pm on January 10th
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