Thursday, March 18, 2010

DIY Structural Pendent Lamp

I have a really bad habit of not reading directions. I found this super easy tutorial on transforming a basic Melodi lamp from Ikea into a pretty little sculptural lamp, and I completely dropped the ball when it came to following the directions. I was supposed to strategically place the pieces in random areas to make it look more "sculptural", and instead I placed all of the pieces in the same direction.

Don't get me wrong, I can live with the outcome, I just like the way it was supposed to look better. To complete this project, it took a few days, and that was only because I spent a few hours here and there working on it. The longest part of the process was cutting out hundreds of circles. Not bad though, this is a project you can do while watching tv.

I love the concept of using felt to make accent pieces, I may even do some cool topiary's using the same technique. The possibilities are really endless with this, I envision chic wreaths, desk lamp shades, accent pillows, and even taking this concept and using it in weddings.

DIY Structural Pendant Lamp (Adapted from Design*Sponge)
You will need:
40 Sheets of Felt (Although about 2 1/2 yards from a craft/fabric store should suffice, and will also be much cheaper)
Glue Gun
Glue Sticks
Melodi Lamp from Ikea (Mine was $12.99, although they had a BIG Melodi Lamp on sale for $4.99)

Use a fabric pen/pencil to draw a circle about 1-2inches in diameter on a piece of felt.

Cut out the circle, and use it as a template to cut HUNDREDS of circles out - Don't worry if your pieces aren't all the same size.

Take a circle & fold it in half. With your hot glue gun, place a line of glue down the center of the crease [the back of the crease, not the front]

Overlap areas so that you can fill in the spaces, and create more of a "fluffy" appearance. That's all there is to it, you can put them in all in one direction like I did, or lay them out randomly like Kate from Design Sponge.




  1. i like it. i saw this same tut a while ago when googling ideas for my own lamp make over.

    i have a crystal base i'm going to change it to and then feather (and maybe add crystals??) to my black lamp shade, but i'm looking for the perfect feathers!

  2. This is so cool! I bought a book called "The Big-Ass Book of Crafts" by Mark Montano but I still haven't made anything :(

  3. nice blog! love the fashion and the hair. i was wondering when your ends need a trim, do you have it professionally done? is it done on straightened hair? i have my hair in individual braids right now and was thinking of just snipping the ends off the braids...thanks!

  4. I really love this chica; it came out really nice.

  5. @Kurly Bella We are so on the same wave length it is ridiculous! Try, you may find some there.

    @labelfreementality I want that book bad!!

    @Anonymous Thank you!! When my ends need a trim [like the do] I normally have my mom press, and trim my hair [she was a professional stylist]. I do know lots of people that snip their hair while in twists or braids. I may try that technique next time.

  6. It turned out lovely. Beautiful flowers in the pic too.

  7. I found your blog through youtube. I love the DIY lamp and your jewelry is beautiful.

  8. Very well done and I love the protea flowers.

  9. The lamp is TOO CUTE! Love it! This is off the subject, but I need to know where to find some containers like those for all of my jewelry LOL


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