Friday, July 20, 2012

Lamps on a .String


Another DIY post! I know, I know -- I’m addicted. Also, I’ve been itching to use my leftover burlap and lace from my distressed window shelf. Well, I found the perfect project! I saw a similar idea on pinterest, but I’ve added my own touch. :) I plan on hanging this cute little strand of lamps over my bed when I move into my apartment. I truly believe a room can never have too much light. This craft is simple and inexpensive. All you need is a pack of plastic cups, some fabric, fabric glue (I used the same Elmer’s Craft Bond Multi-Purpose Spray Adhesive as I used in my last post), scissors, and a strand of white Christmas lights (I actually found a 70 pack of white lights in the Wedding section at Hobby Lobby).
1. Roll your plastic cup on a piece of paper and trace a pattern. Cut out your pattern. You might want to make your pattern just a tad bigger than your actual cup, because it’s easy to trim later.
2. Pin your pattern to your fabric, and cut out as many pieces of fabric as you’d like there to be lamps. I made 16 lamps.
3. Using a knife or the tip of your scissors, poke 2 holes in the top of your cups- one hole on each side. Now cut 2 ‘D’ shapes in the top of your cups, leaving one strip across the middle.
5. Now that your cups are ready and your fabric is cut, all you have to do is glue the fabric to your cups. I sprayed one section at a time, neatly pressing each section down to reduce bubbling fabric.
6. Since I made my patterns a tad bigger than they had to be, I trimmed all my cups after I had glued the fabric on. I found that to be easier than trying to have an exact pattern.
7. Now, just string your new lamps on your string of lights. And there you are -- a new string of lights for any room!



-A

25 comments:

  1. These look soooo great! You have the VERY best ideas EVER!

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    1. Aw, thank you Ashlee!! You're the sweetest.

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  2. oh my gosh! these are awesome...I love that you can customize them to match whatever room they are going in! Totally agree with ashlee, you have the best diy ideas!

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  3. Thanks Sam!! Y'all are the best! :)

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  4. this is so wonderful and so easy! thank u for this lovely DIY!!

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    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! And no problem! :)

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  5. Another DIY for me to try. Thanks for all the ideas! I love your blog :)

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  6. I absolutely love this - thank you for the idea! Love your blog - I am a new follower from Classy Clutter,
    Peggy @ The Painted Pear
    http://repeartreedesign.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Peggy!! So glad to have you here!

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  7. Love, love the choice of textures and fabric you have here. With the burlap, lace and fabric it just added such a cool element. Beautiful! Jodi @ www.meaningfulmama.com

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    1. Thank you so much!! I'm glad you like it! I can't get enough burlap & lace. :)

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  8. Love this project Allie! These would be so cool hanging on a covered porch {thinking to try this for our lanai!} ... fabulous!

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    1. Thank you! Oooh yes, great idea- these would be wonderful for a porch!!

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    2. I couldn't find a contact for you Allie, but wanted to let you know I featured your upcyclde cup lights on my site today for the Friday 5! Thanks for helping to inspire me & my readers!

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    3. Aw, thank you so much for featuring me! I am so honored!

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  9. I love this idea so much that I Pinned it! What a lovely idea that can be used for so many occasions.
    I found you via my friend, Jen's blog. She posted about your project here:
    http://jenifercotter.com/upcycle-diy-projects/
    Have a fabulous day!
    Julie

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    1. Aw, thank you! I appreciate it so much! And thank you for letting me know! :)

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  10. Your lamps on the string is so very cute and I've got this linked to my lamps and lights post too today!

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  11. This is great! I am going to make this today :)

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