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« on: April 16, 2012 09:21:51 AM »

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Lamp shade for a little girl - featuring Elmer's products



My neighbors little girl loves orange flowers and her mom asked me to do a lampshade for her 'spring' bedroom.

First, I made a template by moving a pencil along the shade bottom and then the top as I rolled the shade. I used the back of some old Christmas wrapping paper as it's wide enough to draw the whole arc on.


I traced the template on to a large piece of watercolor paper (but poster board would work as well) and cut it out using my X-ACTO scissors. And then, using the Elmer's Paint Markers, I drew some stems and began filling in spaces with orange and red flowers.





I drew in some leaves and just kept going until I was happy with how it looked.

After letting the paint dry (about ten minutes) I cut the shade out and I glued velvet rick-rack to the top and bottom of the shade using Elmer's Craft Bond Dot Runner. I only needed half the width of the Dot Runner, so I put a piece of paper under the shade and ran the other half of the glue on to the paper, keeping the glue off of my work surface.


I taped the shade ends together from the inside, added rick-rack to the outside seam and hung it back on the lamp. This would be a fun project for children to participate in. After the template is cut out, a child could decorate their own bedroom lamp. A fun project to do for a holiday.... a Christmas shade would be adorable!

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« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2012 01:48:41 PM »

Great way to update a shade instead of buying a new one. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2012 04:04:37 PM »

I agree.  But now I want to doodle on everything. Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2012 07:19:28 PM »

Right now, I'm looking at a desk lamp that I was planning to throw away. I might just have to reconsider that! Such a cute idea. I never would have thought of that.
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« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2012 06:08:27 AM »

I bet she just loved it!
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« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2012 08:05:48 AM »

That's so happy looking, I bet she loved it! What little girl wouldn't?
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« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2012 08:15:13 AM »

So cute, I bet your neighbour loves it!  These paint markers look like a whole lot of fun...do they come in different nib sizes?
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« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2012 08:57:32 AM »

This is great, I've been wanting to make my own lampshades for awhile, but I never thought of using water color paper! This is a lot simpler than my ideas. But how did you attach it to the shade frame?
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« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2012 12:12:26 PM »

So cute, I bet your neighbour loves it!  These paint markers look like a whole lot of fun...do they come in different nib sizes?

They do come in different sizes-a medium and a fine. They also come in color groups. I had the sherbets in medium and the brights in fine.

raennn- I didn't attach the temporary shade to the original because I knew her mom would want to change it out, and since it is smaller on top, it just naturally stayed up.
I did make sure that the seam in the back of the one I made was secure though!
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