Here's the latest one for the kids' room, a hanging lamp with a shade made from colored plastic drinking straws!
the one I want to make will be round. It will be made with standard
lamp parts, with the straws far enough away from the light bulb to
prevent any melting/fire hazards, so no worries there.
to cruise the local thrift stores for old lampshade parts to revamp, but
the wiring will be brand new--you DON'T want to take chances with THAT
part. I'll be sure to take pictures!