...world map lampshade...

...some map graphics, a little Mod Podge and black grosgrain and my plain white lampshade got a whole new look...

Here's how it went...
I downloaded these super-cool pdfs from The Graphics Fairy... they're from a 1915 Atlas...so awesome. I opened them up in PS Elements, removed the color and lightened them up and then printed them out on plain-old computer paper.

Mod-Podge'd 'em up...waited for 'em to dry & hot-glued the grosgrain to the top and bottom edges...easy-peasy lemon-squeezy.

Now, I wouldn't try to circumnavigate the globe using my lampshade...I did have to make some cuts in some strange places in order to get the maps to fit...and there is a possibility that now North America and Asia are sharing the same continent on my lamp...but it works for me...

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  1. don't know how i came across your blog, but i'm loving it! the burlap bird nests, lifting as soon as i get home! love it!

  2. This is so great! I love how graphic the black and white map is!

  3. Clever idea, love how it turned out. Diane

  4. I love the Graphics Fairy and I LOVE what you did with the map....such a sophisticated and fun project. It looks amazing. Sharing on Facebook!

  5. What an innovative idea for a lampshade! Love it!

  6. So COOL!!
    504 Main (Holly above) shared your post on Facebook... that's how I found you.

  7. Umm, I LOVE this!


  8. Very cute idea. Turned out great! Saw you at watcha got. Thanks for sharing.

    ~Jess @ makingoverthemartins.blogspot.com

  9. How fun. I'm crazy about maps. This turned out so professional-looking!

    Warmly, Michelle

  10. Hey stopping by from the diy showoff, this is soooo cute! Great idea!


  11. love this tons!! thanks so much for linking up, so glad to have seen it! (: Kelli & Kristi

  12. Perfect! I've beem looking for a lampshade idea and this is exactly what I want to do! So glad I found you!!!

  13. You have inspired me to dress up my lamp shades. I've been mulling it over, but I couldn't decide. These are so cute, though! I'm plugging in my hot glue gun!

  14. What a great idea! I love maps, now I'm trying to think of all the creative places to put them. Your lamp shade looks fantastic.

  15. I love how this looks. Great idea and even better executed. Kudos!

  16. This was a great idea and you did an awesome job. Thanks for the tip on the graphics fairy map.

  17. Very cool! Love the way it turned out!
    Found you on whipperberry...

  18. What a pretty idea.......and don't you just LOVE the Graphics Fairy?? I would love it if you would link this up to my Marvelous Mess party....each week I pick one project to feature on my sidebar!! Here's the link: http://marvelouslymessy.blogspot.com/2011/04/marvelous-mess-10.html

  19. I <3 the Graphics Fairy...Your lampshade looks soooo timeless. Love!

    Thanks for linking to Creative Juice Thursday...Hope to see more of your ideas this week!

  20. Wow! What a fantastic idea! Your lampshade looks amazing and the black ribbon on the top and bottom is perfect. I would love to see what the shade looks like at night with the lamp turned on.

  21. The lamp is lovely. Well done and thanks so much for linking to Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays!

  22. It's fantastic!!! And I had just used that map last night for a collage and made it sepia too, so you can imagine, when I saw your lamp shade, I about fainted! IT'S GORGEOUS!!! And congrats on being on the Graphics Fairy! This is so exciting.

  23. Maggie - this is a fantastic idea! {and so simple} Love the finished look! Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase - I greatly appreciate it. I have featured this today! Hope you have a fabulous week ~ Stephanie Lynn

  24. Your lampshade is lovely! I've linked this to my globes and maps post too today, well done!


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