Change your home decor as often as you change your mind.
Isn’t that a lovely proposition? Well, these hip lamps do just that. They have clear bases so you can fill them with whatever your heart desires as your mood – or the seasons – change.
Image and purchasing available here.
The Petersiks over at Young House Love have a similar lamp that they fill with all sorts of things. I love the way they fill it with Christmas bulbs over the holidays. Look here to see how festive ! And how hip are these terrarium lamps?
Image found here.
The problem with these vases is that I can’t justify paying for one. The one at top retails for $99.99. I can do a lot with $100. That price point means that my love is a forbidden one.
So imagine my surprise when I stopped by the Deseret Industries (DI) in Tooele and found this beaut below for $1. Yes, I was in Tooele. Yes, I went to the DI in Tooele. Don’t hate.
I almost missed it – hiding so quaintly behind the gaudy lamps up front. But then I spotted it and – gasp! – not only is it fillable, but it’s a mason jar! And this fillable lamp had a fantastic price point . . .
Oh Mason Jar, you had me at $1. (No kidding! $1!)
I sent the jar through the dishwasher to sparkle it up. Then I dismantled another lamp for pieces to hold the shade.
Ah, the shade. I’ve had several in the basement for a while as I try to visualize bedroom decor. I really loved its green color but hadn’t used it for a couple of years because it no longer matched. And although my new shades of my bedroom are also in greens, they don’t really mesh.
So I picked a fabric that worked with my inspiration print. ( You may recall my inspiration print for my dresser redo, here.)
First I prepared the fabric. I measured the bottom of the shade (the widest part) and its height. I cut the fabric, leaving several inches extra on each side of the fabric. Then I ironed the fabric to make sure that it would be presentable. (I also used starch to see if I could keep it the fabric as stiff and wrinkle free as possible.)
Second, I used a hot glue gun to secure the edge of the fabric to the shade starting on the crease of the shade.
Third, I hot glued the fabric all along the bottom of the shade. I kept the fabric as tight as possible, using clothes pins along the way.
Next I glued the fabric to the top rim. I attached the fabric in two-inch increments to the rim, keeping the fabric as tight as possible.
Because the shade is narrower at the top, I created pleats to keep the fabric taut. After the two inches were glued down to the top rim, I gathered the excess fabric at the top and glued it down to create pleats.
I did this all around the top until all the fabric was glued down.
I had used my pinking sheers to cut the edges so that the fabric wouldn’t fray. To keep the final edge clean (where it met the crease of the shade), I folded the edge of the fabric over and glued it down so it looked merely like another pleat.
Finally, I had excess fabric in the inside of the shade. I I trimmed down the excess and glued down the inside flaps.
Now the fun part! What shall I fill it with? I had been saving wine corks and asking everyone else I knew to save wine corks, too. I knew there’d be a perfect project for them eventually. Also, they were about $5 for 10 at the craft store. What a racket!
For now I’ll sport the corks, but sooner than later I’ll want to change it up! Any suggestions?
Have you ever scored when you dropped in on a store in a totally different town? Do you have a favorite thrift store find?