*(Disclaimer: I have received product in return for a product review, but all opinions and designs are my own.)
I started decorating for Christmas this past weekend.
Yes, I know it’s 87 degrees out there today, but I just couldn’t help myself.
Besides, I am determined I will not be the last one to have all my Christmas
decor out this year.
Okay, that’s not exactly true.
I haven’t gone over the Candy-Cane-Crazy and lost my mind.
I did pull out my Christmas bins, and I did do some Christmas decorating.
But, it was for a good cause.
snowflake-covered gauntlet. Well, nothing that dramatic.
But, they did ask if a group of Bloggers could take one of their fillable lamps
and come up with a unique Christmas design for their upcoming Holiday Catalog.
They sent me this fabulous lamp seen above. I have seen fillable lamps
before, but what I love about this one is that its HUGE. Which means you
have more space and more options for what you can be add inside. I also
love the large barrel-type shade. The shade is available in white, light gray
or dark gray.
This vintage picture below is what inspired me to create my “Snow Place Like
It started out as you see it above, and with the magical powers of PicMonkey,
I added some postcard affects to get this…
Instant vintage post card. I printed this image on card stock and cut it out.
Next, I added red and green plaid ribbon to the top and bottom edges of the
shade using hot glue.
A thin bead of glue along the top and the bottom of the ribbon allowed it
to adhere well to the shade. Don’t worry about the raw edge of the ribbon
when you start out. Once you the reach the end, simply fold the end of the
ribbon to create a clean edge…
This will create a finished look.
You can obviously fill your lamp with anything you desire. You simply
unscrew the bottom of the lamp, and that will give you access to the inside
of the glass jar.
I carefully laid the jar on its side, and filled it with about 3 cups of snow.
Then, I created a small greenery bundle, and used some twine to attach it to the
metal rod inside the jar. This allowed the greenery to stand up and not tilt
over when the lamp was placed upright.
Finally, I tucked in my vintage postcard. I added the base of the lamp back
to the glass jar while it was still on it’s side, secured it back together with
the nut and bolt, then carefully lifted the lamp back up. Once upright, I gently
shook the lamp to get the snow to settle in all around the sides.
I added a small plaid bow to the bottom edge of the shade, again using my
glue gun to attach it…
I also glued on some sparkly snowflakes, because after all…there is SNOW
place like home, right? 🙂
And because every Christmas lamp deserves a little bling, I strung some
silver sleigh bells on jute and tied the “bell necklace” around the neck
of the lamp. Jingle all the way!
I love the look. The vintage postcard sets the theme, and the pineboughs
nestled in the snow creates a Wintry mood.
Bottle-brush trees sit on top of a small, white cake plate – surrounded
by snow and red jingle-bells.
I know, I know. Its. Too. Early. For. Christmas.
But, maybe you can forgive me this once since I am helping out Lamps Plus
with their holiday catalog, which needs to go to print soon.
I have to admit. It was kinda fun and makes me look forward to when I can
start decorating for real.
This may also give you just a “hint” at what my Christmas theme will be this
lamp design for this event. To see the other lamps created by other
participants, please visit the Hometalk Lamps Plus Challenge Board.
You can also follow all of my Hometalk Boards HERE.
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