A few weeks ago I was offered the opportunity to participate in a design challenge hosted by Lamps Plus & Hometalk.com. My mission, should I choose to accept it, was to come up with a holiday design for this 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.
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
- Battery Operated Lights
Step 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.
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.
Step 4: Be sure to fluff the flowers and adjust the lights to fill out the space before closing up the base.
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.
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.
Step 7: Once the ribbon is on, go around the shade, measuring from the edges to make sure the ribbon is straight.
Our Winter Wonderland lamp ready for the holidays!
Although it was tricky to photograph, the added string of lights is pretty both day and night.
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.