Skyline lampshade

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The Skyline Lampshade is a representation of what the Memphis skyline would look like if all the lights had gone off and the city was just backlit by stars.

Skyline Lampshade
Owner Mfpotts
Version Rendition #2
Status Unknown
Started On May 2010
Cost $38


I decided to do this project after seeing a lamp similar to this on Etsy. The project I found was of the New York City skyline. There was also a link for a tutorial for it on threadbanger. I considered doing multiple things for the lamp, but decided to go with the Memphis skyline for my first lamp. I collected the items for under $30 and got to work. On my first attempt I used elmer's glue, just like in the tutorial. Using elmer's glue is a headache and I do not suggest it. Thought it can be dangerous, the hot glue gun is your friend. It is easier to use, and you get cleaner, more precise result.

Bill of Materials

Item Metric Cost/Item Qty Sub Total Distributor
lamp with cylindrical shade N/A $12.00 1 $12.00 Target
Black poster paper 30 inches (76 cm) x 22 inches (56 cm) $1.50 1 $1.50 Art Supply Company
Black Ribbon 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) width $1.50 1 $1.50 Michael's
Clothespins N/A $5.00 1 $5.00 Sams Club
Hot Glue N/A $2.00 1 $2.00 Michael's
Floral Foam 1 foot (0.30 m) x 3 feet (0.91 m) $12.50 1 $12.50 Michael's
Stickpin N/A $3.99 1 $3.99 Wal-Mart