Here is a picture of the World Globe Lampshade I just posted on Etsy
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Years ago, I saw a home improvement show that used a globe as a lampshade - and I LOVED it!! I thought "I can do that!". I had seen many old globes at places like The Salvation Army and Goodwill that I thought it would be a quick and easy thing to do.
So off I traipsed to find a few globes. I had never realized the variety of sizes and colors of globes that were available. It took me a while to find a couple that I liked the color, that the size were big enough to fit my lamps but not too big, and that were not made of plastic or other odd materials.
Finally I found a couple of lovely paper-based lampshades. First removed all the globe hardware (like the base the globes stood on, and the hardware holding it on the stand). Then I used a box-knife to slice through the globes. That was MUCH tougher than I thought it would be - let me congratulate the manufacturers for their extremely well-made paper-based globes! It took quite a while to cut the bottom of the globes off neatly. Once I had removed the bottom of the globes, I found some special edging and beading to place along the bottom/cut edge - that gave the globe/lampshades a really nice-looking finished edge. I even re-used some of the hardware from the globes as additional details on the lampshades.
I put my newly-made globe lampshades on my lamps, and ... ta-da..... what nifty lamps and lampshades!!!
I have these two lamps in my living room where they look awesome. They would also look great in an office, in a library, or in a child's room. They'd even look great in a craft room (although the thickness of the globes does lower the amount of light given off by the lamps).