I love furniture, especially hand-made furniture and one-of-a-kind pieces. On a recent shopping trip to Goodwill, I found a couple of over-sized lamp shades and immediately knew what to do with them.
I bought two bell shaped shades. One is a little taller than the other and one is wider at the bottom. Both have the same diameter at the top so they fit together perfectly. The overall height, when stacked is 25” by 18” diameter. The perfect size next to a bed or chair.
Then I purchased 5 or 6 tops in coordinating colors. Choose cotton or cotton blend shirts. Heavy knit t-shirts work too. Tear the shirts into strips 3”-4” wide (cotton rips easier than polyester or silk). You might have to use a scissors to cut the knit fabric, but don’t be too fussy or neat. I like the raw edges you get from ripping fabric.
At the top and bottom, fold the strips of fabric to the inside and pin. Sew the strips in place with a “running” stitch. Cut off the excess fabric, so the hem is even and neat. Repeat until both frames are covered. Tie the opposite ends to both frames (at the middle) to hold the frames together. I knotted the pieces on the outside. It becomes a random ruffle.
Top it off with a round glass top, available for a couple of dollars at a home improvement store. Or make your own top using a round tray.
Not only do you have an original piece of furniture, but you can brag that you did it yourself!