Today I’m sharing a little Christmas illumination.
Well… a new Christmas lamp at least.
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Would you believe this lamp cost me $2.50 from an Op Shop (thrift store).
Not only was it marked down from $5, but it also had been checked and tagged by an electrician.
Sure it looked a bit outdated and the shade was dark and dingy, but I knew with a little paint magic it could be made-over.
This project was as easy as dismantling, cleaning and applying 2 coats of DecoArt Americana Décor Chalky Finish paint in Everlasting.
This paint is an ultra-matte chalk paint that requires no priming or sanding before using. It couldn’t be easier and I painted both the wood base and the fabric shade with the same paint. A quick coat of the DecoArt Americana Crème clear wax to protected it and it was ready to decorate.
Next came some handmade poinsettias.
I shared a tutorial for these at Christmas a few years ago and I’ve been making them ever since. They are super quick and easy!
Easy Felt Poinsettias
Off-white wool felt, scissors, All Purpose Glue or a hot glue gun, pegs and buttons for the flower centres.
1. Enlarge the template (above) to the size you require.
2. Cut 1 x large flower and 5 x petals from wool felt for each flower.
3. Apply a small dot of glue to the base of each petal and fold the petal end over and hold together with a peg until the glue dries.
4. When all 5 petals are dry, apply a large dot of glue to the centre of the flower cut-out and position all 5 petals in place (as shown in photo below).
Glue or sew a button to the centre of the flower, where the petals meet.
For a fancy flower I use rhinestone and pearl buttons. . . and cream buttons for a less formal look.
This is where I got my rhinestone and pearl button
For the lamp I made 9 poinsettias and attached rhinestone and pearl buttons to the centre, before I glued my poinsettias around the base of the white shade.
It needed just a little something else…. so I left it for a day or two…
And then I decided to add some pearl stickers that I had in my scrapbooking stash… that was the little something extra it needed!
The lamp may not be something that would appeal to everyone, but I like that it is unusual and a bit different.
Expect to see it amongst my white Christmas décor this year.
Happy crafting ~ Kerryanne
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