I Spy A Winter Wonderland Lamp

 Winter Wonderland Lamp Makeover Story…

White Christmas decor

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening, 
In the lane, snow is glistening
A beautiful sight,
We’re happy tonight.
Walking in a winter wonderland.

I know. It’s August. Why in the world am I thinking winter? Well, I love a good DIY challenge! And thinking about December in August is a challenge, isn’t it? Besides, when August temps are high, it’s the only time I’m wishing for snow.

and…

HomeTalk and Lamps Plus are hosting a Holiday Design Contest and I’m excited to be participating!  What is HomeTalk? A fun community based around all things “home” and Lamps Plus is an awesome source for lighting – what a great team!

I Spy Winter Wonderland Lamp Tutorial:

I Spy Winter Wonderland Lamp Makeover

Materials:

Winter Wonderland Lamp Tutorial

  • assorted small white accessories from around the house. Mine include Christmas bulbs, snowflake ornaments, a white owl, ceramic angel, seashells, small white feathers, stars, mask, organza butterfly, nesting dolls, poker chips, chess pieces, faux dahlia, pearls, etc. 
  • paper doilies
  • Martha Stewart Decoupage Multiple Surface Durable Matte Finish
  • craft chip brush

Lampshade Tutorial:

Working quickly and in small sections, apply decoupage to lamps shade with a soft bristle chip brush.

decoupaged lampshade tutorial

Apply decoupage to the back side of the paper doily. 

Martha Stewart Decoupage

Place paper doily onto the freshly brushed decoupage on the lampshade. 

decoupage doily lampshade

Apply a coat of decoupage to the paper doily and surrounding area. 

Martha Stewart Crafts Decoupage Doily Lampshade

Repeat steps above for all paper doilies, staggering the designs. 

Attach lampshade to lamp and give entire lampshade one to two top coats of decoupage, allowing 1-2 hours of dry time between each coat. Let dry. 

Ta-da:

paper doily decoupaged lamp shade

Filling the Lamp:

winter wonderland ornaments

Filling the lamp is super easy: Unscrew the wing nut on the bottom of the fillable lamp to separate the bottom piece. Carefully fill the lamp with baubles. In my case, it was my white “I spy” collection from around the house. At the bottom of my lamp, I added a little bit of old tissue paper to act as a cushion. When full, replace the the base and secure with the wing nut.

fillable lamp

Attach lamp shade.

I Spy Winter Wonderland Lamp

Hot cocoa, a warm throw, cozy fire, holiday music and dreaming of a white Christmas…

DIY Christmas Lamp

What I love about my “I spy winter wonderland lamp”:

  • I love that while my lamp definitely has a winter wonderland vibe, it’s a subtle enough style to display all year long since it doesn’t scream “HO-HO-HO! Merry Christmas!”
  • Great for a winter decorated side table or vignette to coordinate with any holiday theme or color scheme. White goes with everything!
  • Perfect for a guest room night stand…who needs to count sheep when you can hunt for treasures?
  • And a fun quick “I spy” game and conversation starter for guests in the living room.  
  • Easily refillable for a new look. 

Winter Wonderland Vignette

Thanks to HomeTalk and Lamps Plus for inviting me to participate in this fun Holiday Design Challenge! 

See more fun fillable lamp makeovers at HomeTalk by searching “LampsPlus”. 

*LampsPlus supplied the lamp for this project. All thoughts, opinions and project tutorial are 100% in my own words. 

DIY Holiday Highlights Party #2

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

I’m a few days early for Thanksgiving and hosting the party a day early, but with having a busy week, I wanted to tell you…I’m thankful for you. Thank you for your visit, sharing your DIY, your support and encouragement. I am so blessed by your friendship.

I’ve never been the type to have my Christmas shopping done in August. In fact, because my youngest daughter’s birthday is always the same week as Thanksgiving, I’ve never really planned for Christmas until after we’ve celebrated her birthday and had Thanksgiving dinner. So, I also don’t decorate until the weekend after Thanksgiving {this weekend!}. However, I will share my first DIY Christmas decor project on Friday!

There were some beautiful inspiring Christmas related links last week. Here are a few WHITE CHRISTMAS favorites…

I am so in love with Gail’s stunning DIY white poinsettia tree skirt. She shares her great tutorial at Purple Hues and me. I can’t wait to make one. Isn’t it gorgeous?  

DIY White Poinsettia Tree Skirt - Purple Hues and Me

Aimee from It’s Overflowing is super woman. This girl always has something amazing to share. I love her simple DIY Christmas JOY pillow tutorial {with link to the free printable monogram fonts}.  How-to-Make-a-Christmas-Joy-Pillow-ItsOverflowing

My Christmas centerpiece used faux snow in a glass hurricane and I’m loving the DIY Christmas Tree Jars and Snowy Luminaries from Val at Hand Made Modern. DIY time is about 1 hour…perfect quick, easy, cute!

christmas tree jars - Home Made Modern

Diana from Boy + Girl Design shares a peek of her winter decorating but nothing chilly about it. Simple. Pretty.

Winter-Decorations Boy+Girl Design

How about a big white canvas with a Christmas tree? Julia from Cuckoo 4 Design shares her Christmas tree canvas (Ikea Margareta fabric). She stretched/mounted the canvas and added some ornaments. What a great idea! It’d be perfect for an apartment. I love that it doesn’t take up any floor space and it’s a beautiful HUGE focal point in her gorgeous dining room. While you’re there, check out her decorated chandelier. SO pretty!

Ikea Margareta Cellua Christmas - Cuckoo 4 Design

Book page wreaths…swoon. I have yet to make one but I’m really loving the one Jen from City Farmhouse put together and she shares her instructions to put together a beautiful paper starburst wreath. I spied some double sided wrapping paper at Sam’s club. How pretty would that be too?!

DIY starburst paper wreath - City Farmhouse

VIBRANT FESTIVE COLOR! Amanda from Mommy Is CooCoo is giving away one of her beautiful DIY ornament wreaths. I won last year and I have to tell you – it’s gorgeous! You’ll be seeing it in my Christmas decorating this year.

ORNAMENT WREATH GIVEAWAY

Christmas ornament wreath giveaway at Mommy is Coocoo

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Have you entered to win a Silhouette? Details here.

Silhouette Portrait giveaway

Starting your holiday shopping or creating your wish list? I thought you might like to see the great items being offered for sale exclusively on Joss and Main. Access is restricted to members only but the sales are awesome and you can earn money on referrals! More details at Joss & Main.

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DIY Holiday Highlights ~ My Home for the Holidays

By now, our homes are probably all decorated and ready, right? Time to show it off!
And if not – why not?!  Maybe you’re like me and decided that spending 10 days lazing in a tropical environment sounded like a better plan so if your Christmas tree this year is all decked out with lights only (and a few that aren’t working)…it’s okay. Rationalize it. There’s only 4 more days until Christmas. Christmas is peaceful and about family. You know that going to the dark spidery recesses of the basement, messing up the semi-organization to find ornaments will induce stress.  So let it be. Rejoice. Bellow out a Christmas tune and admire what you’ve done. Christmas memories aren’t made from perfection. Years from now, we’ll be laughing and joking…”remember that year our poor tree only had lights because you were too sun-baked to trek down a light of stairs, battle cobwebs and destroy the basement looking for our collection of meaningful ornaments only to pack it all back up a week later?”  More likely:  No one will notice or remember.  So, if you’ve had other things going on, you’ve been working hard or different priorities…it’s okay.  It’s Christmas. I’m just thankful that you’re here.
Our Christmas decorating was toned down a bit this year all around. More natural, more DIY, less commercial. What is commercial…is from my collection purchased in past years or recent from thrift stores. I’d offer you a cup of cocoa and some Christmas cookies if I could.  Let’s take a tour of a home that’s ‘just good enough’ for the holidays. Looks festive. And if you squint, it might even look clean. It might even look completed.  Here we go…

white Christmas  

Sitting Room
I‘d love to see your home all dressed up for the holidays! Ready or not – be real. And if you are ready and your home looks like a Better Home and Gardens holiday article – all the more reason to share! Go ahead, brag. You’re super woman and I want you to get some recognition for all of your had work! Then take a few minutes (or hours) to visit the links to drool over celebrate beautiful holiday homes…
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