Saturday, November 17, 2012

Anthropologie-Inspired Lampshade Tutorial: 2nd Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop

Welcome to the 2nd Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!!! And for those of you who are new to this space, welcome.  I hope after you read today's tutorial that it will convince you that this space is worth bookmarking and visiting time and time again! :)

We’ve gathered designers from some of our favorite manufacturers to show you ways to create something from the heart this holiday season. This 3 day Hop includes over 60 stops with inspiration brimming from every corner. Explore all of the thoughtful and frugal handmade gifts you could create for the holidays, all in one place, during our second annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!

As a participant, I was asked to share a handmade gift idea for the upcoming holiday season. So, today I have a tutorial to share on how to create your own Anthropologie-Inspired Lampshade using my Fiskars tools.

First you'll need to purchase a neutral colored lamp base and lamp shade (or, if you're frugal like me, thrift one from your local resale shop).  Then, place your shade in front of you with the seam at the back. Wrap your shade several times with baker's twine from The Twinery until you get a band the thickness you like.  Go slow and with each wrap around be sure to use your fingers to push the twine tightly together.

Next, use your Pretty Scallops Lever Punch XXXX Large and punch 4 scalloped circles from cross-stitch cloth. Punch a single circle using the Circle Lever Punch XXXX Large from the same cloth.

Fold each of the scalloped circles in half, then in half again. Place a dab of hot glue between the layers near the crease of the folds to hold it closed.

Then, place hot glue on the back of each wedge and adhere to the circle. Allow to cool.

Embellish the center with some coordinating ready-made embellishments. These are from the Saturday's collection by Little Yellow Bicycle. I just removed the bronze brads that came with them and inserted some colorful fabric-covered brads in their place. The felt texture of the petals and the linen texture of the leaves add subtle texture and compliment the cross-stitch material nicely.

Next, use your Circle Shape Template to trace several circles, varying in size, onto some colored canvas to create your own flower embellishment. Insert a fabric brad through the center. The pink flower was created in the same fashion as the scalloped flower cut from cross-stitch material using sheer organza fabric.

Use temporary adhesive, such as Removable Glue Dots to figure out your preferred placement of your flowers before using your hot glue gun to adhere them to the lamp shade.

Once you have a placement you are happy with, remove one flower at a time, remove the glue dot, and then hot glue the flower in place. Be sure to hold it in place until the glue cools so it doesn't shift on you. Lastly, to put your lampshade makeover in the 'over-the-top' category, add a plume of feathers cut from a feather boa.

All that's left to do is admire your super chic Anthropologie-Inspired Lamp Shade made on a budget!  Oh, and figure out how to wrap it up so you can gift it this holiday season! LOL.


So...back to the hop details:

To sweeten the Hop, we’re offering a gift for you! For every comment you leave on the blogs in the Hop, you’ll be entered to win a prize pack from one of the participating manufacturer sponsors! Use the Rafflecopter widget on the Clearsnap blog to gain extra entries each day.

And the best news I have to share is that Fiskars is one of the sponsors!!! Can I hear a "whoooot, whoooot!?"

Visit the list of blogs below and leave a comment on each by Nov 27, 2012 at 11:59 PM PST. Each day we will be sharing a brand new list of blogs with brand new projects for you to explore, be inspired by, and create from!
Clearsnap
Hampton Art
Graphic45
Fiskateers
Donna Salazar Designs
Tombow USA
Authentique Paper
The Twinery
Eileen Hull for Sizzix
Globecraft Memories
Diana Gonzalez – Clearsnap
Monika Wright – The Twinery
Gretchen McElveen - Hampton Art
Megan Aaron – Clearsnap 
Tania Willis – Fiskateers (you are here)
Gloria Stengel – Graphic 45
Suzanne Austin – Clearsnap
Shellye McDaniel – Authentique Paper
Natasha Naranjo Aguirre – Donna Salazar Designs
Jen Carter – The Twinery
Laura Denison – Graphic 45
Candy Spiegel – Globecraft Memories

Cheers to creating gifts from the heart this holiday season!

Happy Hopping!

84 comments:

  1. Wow - I just love this lampshade - what a great way of brightening up a room - thanks for sharing

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  2. I love how you decorated the lampshade. Pretty!

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  3. WOW - your lampshade is gorgeous Tania!!!
    LOVE your flowers - Thank You for sharing how you made them - now I look forward to trying cross-stitch cloth with my punches :)

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  4. Well, WOW, this is fabulous!!! Loving your homemade flowers!!

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  5. That is so beautiful. Great idea for the flowers.

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  6. So pretty! Thanks for the flower tutorial!

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  7. Beautiful flowers! I never knew you could use the punches on cloth! What a great tip! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. This is awesome! I am pinning this! must must do one for my craft room!!

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  9. Oh, great project!! Love it.

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  10. Beautiful idea!! I love the flowers!!

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  11. How stinkin' cute is that little lamp shade!!

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  12. Oh wow. What a great looking lamp shade. :)

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  13. Nice flowers. Your project turned out cute, thank you for sharing.

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  14. This is such a cute idea and a perfect project for my niece's room. Thank you so much for the tutorial on how to make the flowers. I am sure I will be making some of these for my layouts also.

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  15. this would look cute in my daughters room

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  16. What fun. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. love the different variety of flowers you've made :) tfs :)

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  18. Love your idea for the lamp shade and all the flowers. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

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  19. ...luved your jazzed up flowers on the shade.. this is a great idea.. and can be used elsewhere..

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  20. Beautiful lamp shade! I'm always looking for new ideas for my flowers... Thanks for the amazing inspiration!

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  21. What a fun easy way to jazz up a lamp shade!!! LOVE it!

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  22. Tania--
    you make the coolest stuff!
    TFS

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  23. This is an awesome way to decorate a lamp shade!!

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  24. Beautiful! Love the flowers.

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  25. Very pretty project...love the embellishing with the flowers!

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  26. Beautiful project. your flowers a lovely.

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  27. Tania,

    Your lampshade is great! Love how you used the twine with it!

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  28. First, let me say, "whoooot, whoooot!" *g*

    Those flowers are incredible! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  29. WOW that is the cutest lamp shade I have ever seen!!! thank you so much for sharing!!!!

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  30. Cute lampshade and love the flowers too. Thanks for sharing.

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  31. This is so adorable!! I love the gorgeous flowers and the twine!! What a fabulous project!! Thanks so much for the inspiration :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  32. super cute! I've never thought to use cross stitching fabric before! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  33. A lampshade! How fun. I am amazed.

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  34. I love the lampshade. What a cute idea.

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  35. Wow....Tania. this is beautiful....I love your flowers. I am going to have to get more tips from you on making flowers. So beautiful and inspiring. Wonderful job.

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  36. My son put the remote control through one of my Tiffany lamp shades last week - what a well timed project idea!!

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  37. what a great way to update an old lampshade. great flowers, like how you wrapped the shade with twine. thank you.

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  38. I want yo do this on a pillow for my daughters room.

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  39. Very clever! Love the shade!

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  40. Tania! So glad to see you! I love the button flower. Thanks for the tutorial!
    Fiskateer Jean@8889.

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  41. What a great idea for dressing up a lampshade !

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  42. So cute. And I have the circle template so I can make that flower!!!

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  43. Beautiful!! What a great way to embellish a plain shade!

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  44. Cute lampshade! It's full of personality!

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  45. Your lampshade came out so cute and love the mini flower tutorial! I can never have enough flower ideas!!

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  46. Love the lampshade, great job!

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  47. This is fabulous you clever girl you!

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  48. Very cute! The flowers are awesome!

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  49. While I am not a flowery lamp person I can see taking this technique and using it in other ways.

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  50. OMG!!! this is sooooo cute.... I <3 IT!!!!

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  51. This is beautiful! I might just have to make one of these for my daughter's room! Thanks for the inspiration. :0)

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  52. What a cute, sassy lamp! Great project!

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  53. Too lovely for words!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  54. Oh, that's our girl! The lamp is adorable! As are you!

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  55. Beautiful project! Thanks for the inspiring ideas!

    Carol B
    ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

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  56. What a fun lamp perfect for my neice :)

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  57. great idea of a new lampshade, so cute.

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  58. Everything has been so beautiful!!

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  59. Wow, great idea to use the twine on the shade, and I love those flowers! Thanks for sharing!!!!

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  60. Those flower are so pretty and love the feather! What a fun lampshade!

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  61. Wow I love the flowers! TFS

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  62. When I first saw those flowers I thought they would be complicated but you made it look so easy. This is so pretty.

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  63. Bakers twine is a must for making my holiday tags! Hugs, Susie.

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  64. how adorable and it looks really easy! Thanks!

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  65. Whoot whoot! Thanks Fiskars for being an awesome sponsor! I love what you have done with this plain ole lampshade! What fabulous flowers and colors! Thanks for sharing you idea!

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  66. Very inspiring. Makes me wanna do the same to my lamp.

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  67. this is so cute my granddaughters would love this thanks
    upnurse at aol dot com

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  68. What cute flowers, love the lampshade. Thanks for sharing.

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  69. Great flowers, love the lamp. Thanks for sharing.

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  70. These flowers are just gorgeous. I see them in the store all the time and wonder how to make them. Thank you for the instructions. Lovely lamp.

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