Welcome to the very first
Great Dollar Store Challenge.
Each month, a new Dollar Store item will be chosen, and then I will
issue a challenge to all Bloggers to create something one-of-a-kind
with their own unique spin.
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Tammy with Deja Vue Designs
Jane and Leo with Cottage at the Crossroads
Christy with Our Southern Home
and Sheila with Plum Doodles
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This month’s item:
Now, let’s get on with the Challenge.
We can’t wait to see what you have created.
I wanted to make a cute little lamp for my new Sitting Area.
I have had this project on my mind for some time, so this was
the perfect time to give it a try.
My very cute and extremely helpful assistants offered me some
expert, techincal advice.
My Senior Creative Director, Roo – tested the shade for durability.
And, Caity – Assistant Director of Cuteness – made sure I had plenty
of Valentine Candy hearts on hand.
These are the supplies we gathered…
I already had several of the $1 Glass Candleholders on hand.
I mean, who doesn’t own a few of these?
I bought a $10 Glass Jar Lamp Kit at Lowes (10% off),
as well as, some quick-drying adhesive. ($2.69)
*( I will talk about this adhesive further down)
The only other purchase was a Martha Stewart stencil at
Michaels for $3.49.
(I used my 40% off discount coupon.)
I had the rest of the supplies:
(I took off of an unused lamp)
Decorative Craft Keys
I started by using the adhesive to secure all three candleholders
together. The adhesive says it works well with all surfaces, including
glass, with a 10-minute drying time.
After 10 minutes it still had not set. After 15 minutes I was losing
patience. At the 20-minute point, I wiped off the adhesive and
hot glued them together.
Next, I stenciled the shade.
Honestly, stenciling could not be any easier. The secret is to not have
too much paint on your brush. You want a “dry brush.”
I simply peeled of the self-adhesive words, and placed them on the
shade where I wanted them.
Then, some blue paint dabbed on very carefully, and when the
small stencil was pulled away…
I just kept sticking on the stencils and adding more words until the
entire shade was covered.
I used the stencil brush to paint the shade’s edging.
Next, came the wiring for the lamp.
The package has pretty basic instructions. This part is a piece of
cake so don’t be intimidated by it. Just read the directions carefully.
The kits came with several couplers in different sizes, depending on the
opening. This is what will hold the lamp mechanics in place.
As a final touch, I decided to add a touch of rustic with some twine.
I wrapped it around the lamp base in random areas, using a dab of hot
glue to hold it in place.
I also added two little keys.
I think it makes a great addition to our new sitting area.
I may even consider painting it in the future using a glass paint,
but for now – I left it clear glass.
Oh and for the record… one of my Assistants just couldn’t hang
Crafting is such hard work, ya’ know.
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