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1  String lamp in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by MandaKR on: November 17, 2010 11:16:25 AM
Our living room sadly lacks overhead lighting, so we bought a HEMMA cord from Ikea and stapled it up. Then we had a compact fluorescent hanging from the middle of the room. How charming!

So, I made a string globe for it, and it's quite a bit more charming now, I hope.



I didn't take any pictures of the process, but I'll describe it. (Also, there are tutorials for this type of shade ALL over the web)

You'll need:
- a mylar balloon
- some tape
- vasoline
- glue (I used Aleene's tacky glue, Elmers would also be fine)
- string/rope/yarn of choice (I used jute from the hardware store)
- a knife or scissors
- cord kit of choice (I use HEMMA from Ikea, $3.99)

Directions:
1. Set up a work area with some paper bags or plastic or newspaper - this is messy!
2. Cut the string off of the balloon and tape the tab so it doesn't leave a lump.
3. Smear the whole balloon lightly with vasoline (it might be fine without this step, but I didn't want to risk it)
4. In a big bowl, dump a bunch of glue and water it down a little. (You can also use storebought fabric stiffener - don't water it down)
5. Now throw in your rope/string/yarn of choice and squish it around so it all gets coated in glue. 
6. Start wrapping! Go around and around all different ways and try to avoid making a pattern (unless that's your style). Keep going until the balloon is as covered as you like. I used 200 ft of jute twine. Don't wrap TOO tightly or you'll have a fire hazard on your hands.
7. (Optional) I added an accent of red sewing thread to spice things up. For something really fine, you don't need to coat it in glue - it will get enough from the rest of the wrapping.
8. Make a little cardboard stand and let your creation dry for at least 24 hours.
9. When it's nice and hard, pop the balloon and use your finger or a chopstick or something to poke the balloon away from the shell.
10. Decide where you want the hole for the bulb and how big it needs to be. Draw it on and cut away the circle with a utility knife or scissors.
11. Pull the balloon all the way out.
12. (Optional) For some extra strength, I took some extra jute and glue and made a ring around the opening.
13. Hang it up! I just tied mine with jute. It'll be a pain to change the bulb, but CF bulbs last forever anyway! I also wrapped the black part of the HEMMA cord set with jute. Make sure the bulb itself is right in the center.

Enough gabber, here are more pictures:





And a few with the cold light of flash:





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2  happy new chair cushions in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by MandaKR on: November 17, 2010 10:49:24 AM
(I'm new to craftster - woo!)

We got a couple of Salvation Army chairs for our new apartment. They had super sad 70's vinyl seat covers. But now they're happy happy!

After:


Before:


The fabric is from Ikea - and it was only $2.99!

I took the vinyl off and discovered some gross loose fiber fill cushion gunk. I scraped it into the trash. Then I went searching the apartment for new cushions. Because I was a) too lazy to go to the store and b) too cheap to buy upholstery foam, I ended up repurposing an old blanket into new cushions. My mom gave it to me to wrap furniture for moving, but it's full of holes and pretty old. It was desperate for a new lease on life.

Here are the blanket cushions - they're just layers and layers of the pink and white blanket, with the top piece a little larger for stapling.




Next I stapled the Ikea fabric on and trimmed the excess. Then because I'm a little neurotic, I finished it off with some non-woven fabric so it's all tidy:



And ta-da, happy chairs! We still want to refinish the wood, but that will have to wait for now.

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