It seems like a blog post every other week is going to work out better for my schedule, every week might have been a bit optimistic on my part J. Here is my next tutorial.
I love decorating my new condo by combining items from lots of different stores and making a things to add a super personal touch. This week I am going to show you how to make a filled table lamp to match your décor. I am usually NOT a fan of silk faux flowers as a rule, but I decided to try them in my idea for this lamp since it will be contained within the glass. When I think of silk flowers, I usually think of dusty, old things. You could also use colorful stones, rocks, souvenirs, colorful paper, or anything you like. I am already thinking of doing a second one with colorful shredded paper.
- Fillable table lamp (mine was from Target, they are available in lots of shapes and sizes and from various stores)
- Lamp shade (again mine was from Target)
- Faux flowers in colors you like
- (Alternative items you want to fill your lamp with)
- Scissors or other basic supplies you may need, depending on your filling
- Glass cleaner
To start, I opened up the top of my lamp by unscrewing the top socket. I cleaned the lamp inside and out well with the glass cleaner. Mine had a sort of film on it, probably from sitting in the store for a while. Once your lamp is clean, you’re ready to get creative.
For the types of flowers I bought, I cut individual orchids off of the vine and cut up my hydrangeas to create smaller flower bunches and individual leaves. I chose to do this because the tall and skinny shape of my lamp wouldn’t fit the full hydrangea bloom. If you have a shorter or wider one, it would be interesting to keep some larger blooms.
Remember that your lamp needs to be interesting 360° around so plan for how you are going to arrange your items. I started by placing some leaves in the ‘back’ of my lamp (the side with the cord exiting on the bottom). Then, I placed my taller grass pieces toward the back and spread out. Then, I started placing the purple hydrangea pieces with orchids interspersed throughout the bottom. I made sure all the orchids were facing out and you couldn’t see any of the stem I cut off.
I played with my arrangement for a while until I got it how I liked it. Once I was happy with it, I reattached the socket and installed the lampshade. Then I chose a spot for my new favorite lamp. Get creative with this great idea!