In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. ~ Proverbs 3:6

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Creating A Coffee Filter Lamp.....From A Goodwill Good Deal ~ $6 Lamp

I really wish that I could take the credit for coming up with this idea, but my creativity never led me to the idea of using coffee filters for a lamp shade!  I actually came across the idea somewhere in the blogosphere a few weeks ago.  When I saw the idea, I LOVED it!  I knew I had to try to create it.  Yesterday, I Googled "coffee filter lamp shade", and I came across a few tutorials. 

Once I looked over a tutorial, I went to Goodwill in search of an inexpensive lamp.  This lamp and lamp shade is my latest Goodwill good deal. The lamp was $3.99, and the shade was $1.99. 

If you plan on creating a coffee filter lamp shade, you're going to need a bag of coffee filters and a hot glue gun.  Begin by taking a filter and folding it in half.
Fold the half into thirds.

Fold it in half again.

Make one last fold bringing the middle point to the top of the filter.
You will end up with a coffee filter "flower".
Hot glue your "flowers" to your lamp shade until it looks the way you want it to.

After folding and gluing 200 coffee filters, the finished product will look something like this.

I really loved the pink lamp from Goodwill, and I really loved it with the new lamp shade.  Once I finished the project, I thought the lamp would go great in a shabby chic room or a girl's nursery.....but unfortunately the pretty pink lamp didn't match my decor. 
I needed a silver lamp for the table in my entry, so the pretty pink lamp was covered in silver spray paint.

Once the paint was dry, I plugged in my latest creation and watched it glow!  This project was really easy.  It did, however, take me awhile to complete, since I had to fold and glue 200 coffee filters.  It was worth the time though, because I love the look of this lamp!

This is the finished project!  Would you believe this lamp only cost me $6, since I already had hot glue and coffee filters?  Now that's a fantastic Goodwill good deal!


  1. Your lamp is so pretty! By the way I love that you included Jeremiah 29: 12 &13 below....they are my favorite part of that passage and many people don't even look that far!! :)

  2. This lamp is just as fabulous as your other one. So elegant and chic....Who would have ever thought coffee filters would become so big in the world of decorating!

    Take care,

  3. This is a gorgeous project, who knew coffee filters could be so great to have around the house. My next project is a coffee filter wreath! Thanks so much for linking up to Laugh, Love, and Craft's Share the Wealth Wednesday! Glad to have you at the party! Laura

  4. Amazing! Coffee filters, who would have thought they would be so versitile:)
    ~Debra xxx
    Capers of the vintage vixens