Use print. I am a total book lover, and I love the idea of having words on my lampshade. You could use old lampshades, or even old books that have seen better days! Use this tutorial to bring the written word to your lampshade.
Great use for old crystal! leaded glass crystal vases and decanters are made into a stylish light fixture. Get the chandelier look with a unique feel. Dishfunctional Designs: Creative Things To Make With Old Crystal & Glassware