Thursday, April 22, 2010

Reuse & Repurpose: Getting Clipped

What can you do with a bunch of paper clips? Well, you could stick some papers together (duh!); you could bend them out and turn them into tiny desk sculptures; use them the fix the broken chain in the toilet tank; use one to mark your page in your favorite magazine or paperback; hang a Christmas ornament on the tree; or turn a bunch of them into a lamp shade.


A lamp shade, you ask.

That's exactly what I discovered when I was scouting fashion designer John Bartlett and master framer John Esty's apartment for my book, The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details. Hanging from the ceiling in Bartlett's former office and encircled around a sinister Edison bulb was this structure made of metal rounds attached with hundreds of crisscrossed paper clips.

While this clip shade doesn't reduce the illumination of the bulb, it does accessorize a long, single bulb that would otherwise be nakedly suspended above a desk. And it might keep you from bumping into a hot bulb!

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!

The Elegant Thrifter


  1. Your ideas cintinue to amaze......I'll have to remember this when I am left sans chandelier next time in my window...!Maryanne:)

  2. What a fantastic idea! It is topped only by the Whitwell (TN) Middle School's paper clip project. Thank you for sharing this.

  3. I can't wait to show this to the hubs!! He'll get such a kick out of it because I go nuts for paperclips!

    LUV IT!!
    :D Lynda



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