Holiday Lamp Design Challenge

How to Create A Winter Wonderland Lamp |

A few weeks ago I was offered the opportunity to participate in a design challenge hosted by Lamps Plus &  My mission, should I choose to accept it, was to come up with a holiday design for this lamp:

LampsPlus Fillable Lamp |

Challenge Accepted!  I quickly told Lamps Plus I was in and they shipped me the lamp to fill with whatever holiday inspiration I could find.

The minute I got the confirmation email, I gathered my creative crew for a brainstorming session.  Garland, snow globe, ornaments, crushed ornaments, sand, fish bowl… the family had TONS of ideas which is the really great thing about this lamp.  You can decorate it in a thousand different ways.   It’s classic on its own, but I’m definitely looking forward to playing with it throughout the various seasons.

Before getting started I took a few things into consideration:  Where it was going and how we decorate the space for the holidays.

This is a rather large lamp and the best spot in our home for it is on this end table in our family room.

End Table |

Based on the location, I decided to go with how we decorate this room for Christmas.  In recent years I’ve begun to incorporate the dark brown and light blue of the room with silvers and creams into our holiday décor for the space.  It’s an elegant, winter wonderland look and we save the more traditional red and green décor for other parts of the house.

That being said, I also liked the idea of coming up with a terrarium style design and since we have mad love for the Griswolds, twinkling Christmas lights would be in order.

I picked-up these additional supplies:

  • Artificial Flowers

Winter Flowers |

  • Battery Operated Lights

Battery Operated Lights |

  • Ribbon

Silver Ribbon | Storypiece.netStep 1:  This fillable lamp comes easily apart with everything filling in from the base.  To get the string of lights ready for the flowers, be sure to thread the lights through the metal base so that the additional string of lights are not cut off when the lamp is sealed.

Pulled Wire Through Lamp Base |

Step 2:  Make sure that the floral branch fits inside of the lamp base and cut down any overage.  Then you will be able to wrap the flowers with the battery operated lights.

How to Wrap Lights on Flowers | Storypiece.netStep 3:  Carefully insert the decorated floral branch into the lamp.

Flowers in Fillable Lamp |

Step 4:  Be sure to fluff the flowers and adjust the lights to fill out the space before closing up the base.

Adjust Flowers |

Step 5:  With everything in place, it is just a matter of closing up the bottom.  It really helps to have a second pair of hands to hold the lamp together while the wing nut is tightened.

Wing Nut Closure on Lamp Base | Storypiece.netTo dress up the drum shade, I decided to add ribbon.  I picked out a thinner dark grey ribbon to echo the silver base and a wider silver ribbon for a little holiday cheer.

Step 6:  Starting at the back side of the shade where there is already a seam, add a glue dot to the edge of the ribbon.  Then place your ribbon around the shade, ending with another glue dot to finish the piece.

Glue Ribbon |

Step 7:  Once the ribbon is on, go around the shade, measuring from the edges to make sure the ribbon is straight.

How to Measure Ribbon |

Ribbon Trimmed Lampshade |

Our Winter Wonderland lamp ready for the holidays!

Winter Wonderland Lamp |

Although it was tricky to photograph, the added string of lights is pretty both day and night.

String Lights | Storypiece.netI’m thrilled with how the design came out and had so much fun in the process.

How to Create A Winter Wonderland Lamp | Storypiece.netDetail Accents | Storypiece.netWinter Wonderland Lamp |

And thank you to Lamps Plus & for including me in this awesome Holiday Design Challenge.  It’s been the perfect way to kick off my Christmas planning.

How do you like to decorate for the holidays? What would you do with a fillable lamp?  Is anyone else starting to think about the holidays?  You know… It’s less than 4 months away.



  1. Stacey says:

    What a fun project! Love the little twinkles inside the lamp. My favorite part though… the pretty ribbon wrapped around the shade. Gorgeous!
    I drove by a local home goods/craft store yesterday and saw Christmas trees in the window and just about crashed my car. NO NO NO… Not yet. I’m not ready! It’s crazy to me how time flies. Love what you came up with!

    • Danielle says:

      Ha! It’s all that Christmas stuff in the stores that saved my butt with this challenge. I knew if I needed garland or candy canes they would be easy to find. 🙂

  2. Sarah says:

    Love the flowers you chose! The addition of the little lights is just perfect! I had no idea they made them in battery operated versions. Nicely done.

    • Danielle says:

      I’ve heard about the lights, but I hadn’t run across them until recently. It’s definitely the part of this project that gave the flowers a festive flare.

    • Danielle says:

      I thought of you when I was digging through my Christmas decor and came across my own disco balls. They would be so festive in this lamp. In all of your leisure time (bwhahaha!) you might want to check out the other offerings at Hometalk. There’s A LOT of shiny goodness going on.

  3. Pam says:

    Lucky you to get the offer. Way to go. I think the lamp turned out beautiful. Now you have a jump on your Christmas decorating.

  4. ScrapAndSalvage says:

    supper impressed!! SO holiday of you. i love it. and i can’t wait! it’s hotter and more humid than it’s been all summer here, but winter’s a-comin’! thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Alex says:

    I really like how cool it looks with the colour change at night! I love the minty Christmas touch. Is it Christmas yet? Can I start crafting now?

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