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Stay Golden Pony Lamp

July 15, 2015

**Update: We didn’t win the challenge, but I hope you still enjoy our lamp. Let us know if use our tutorial to make your own project. You can see who did win the mystery box challenge here.

For the last few posts we have been talking about Delightfully Noted’s Old School Mystery Box Challenge (catch up here and here). Well, all of the crafts have been revealed and voting is officially open as of today. You can vote here.

This means I can finally reveal our project… 

statement lamp with pony beads & water color -- tutorial |here-lately.com

…and because it was ridiculously easy to make, I am also going to give you the how-to.

You can do this project with any lamp — or even a mason jar, if you wanted to make a vase.  I started with this lamp (already owned):

statement lamp with pony beads and water colors -- tutorial |here-lately.com

The pony beads were my mystery item from Jennifer, and I picked up some jute twine from Michael’s for $12. Other supplies used were: super glue, hot glue, a gold paint pen (these), watercolor pencils (similar), and a pen brush (similar), which I already owned. So yep. It cost me $12 to make this lamp. In case you’re wondering, the lamp was purchased at TJ Maxx a few months ago for around $14.

First, I cut enough twine to fit around the neck of the lamp. I put super glue on the ends and stuck them together. This did involve holding the ends for a few seconds and getting glue on my hands, because I wanted the ends to stick together, but I didn’t want the twine to stick to the lamp. After the glue was dry, I got more twine and measured (starting at the twine I had just put around the neck of the lamp) and cut pieces that were twice the size of the lamp. It will depend on the size of you lamp, but I cut about 14 pieces of twine.

statement lamp with pony beads and water colors tutorial | here-lately.com

After the pieces of twine were cut, I then took one piece at a time and folded it in half, stuck the folded part under and over the ring on the lamp, and then pulled the ends through the loop (made by the fold) to make a knot. (I wish I had a picture of this part, but hopefully that’s a clear enough explanation.) I did this with each piece of twine, all the way around the lamp.

statement lamp with pony beads and water color tutorial |here-lately.com

This left each piece of twine having two parts. For the sake of this tutorial, my sanity and yours, lets call them an L piece (left piece) and an R piece (right piece). To make the diamond shapes, I started in the center of the lamp and took an R piece from one strand and an L piece from the opposite strand directly adjacent to my first strand (not the same strand). I then took 3 white beads, slid them onto both the L piece and the R piece, and then made a knot underneath the last bead.

pony lamp beads

I continued to do this all the way around the lamp. I repeated the same steps, taking an L piece and an R piece from opposite strands, but instead of putting both strands through the beads, I put 4 pink beads on the L piece and 4 pink beads on the R piece before knotting them together. The wide, blunt corners of the lamp were not playing nicely with the beads, so I opted to have just twine around the corners and add one bead then a knot just below the corner.

statement lamp with pony beads and watercolors tutorial |here-lately.com

Now in case you think they’ve really upgraded pony beads, my bag did not come with gold beads. No. I had to hand paint those with a paint pen. But this gave me the opportunity to make bad references like, “Stay golden pony lamp.”  Life has a way of working out that way, doesn’t it? I did get a lot of gold on my fingers, but it didn’t take too long to do. I painted them as needed, and while they were drying (took about 2 minutes) I fooled with the twine and other beads. You may also notice from the photo above that there are quite a few pieces of tape. After having the twine + beads move and ending up with unevenly placed knots one too many times, I taped those suckers down. This also aided in getting a better diamond shape, because I could pull the twine taught without fear of messing up some other part of it.

After the pink beads, I added another gold bead, a knot, and then realized my twine was too short to go all the way to the bottom of the lamp. Womp. Womp. For reals. Rather than take the whole thing apart and start over, I decided this little light lamp of mine was going to be of the Bohemian kind. So after the knot I added 1 more pink bead and then 3 fuchsia beads. (If you’d like your twine to go all the way to the bottom of your lamp, then x4 or x5 when measuring your twine.)

DIY bohemian pony bead and watercolor lamp |here-lately.com

The twine is different lengths, which for a Bohemian look I liked, but that meant I couldn’t tie a final knot in most of the strands. So I used my hot glue gun to put a bead of glue right under the last bead on each strand. I also taped the everything down and left it for a few days to train the twine to lay flat. Additionally, I wrapped and glued a few extra pieces of twine around the neck.

DIY bohemian pony bead and watercolor lamp |here-lately.com

As for the shade… I found similar watercolor pencils to the color of my beads, and just scribbled up and down all the way around the shade. (The shade is made of a sort of matte, textured silk-like material.)

DIY bohemian pony bead and watercolor lamp |here-lately.com

After the 10 seconds that that took, I went back over my scribbles with my wet pen brush. (You could probably just use a damp craft brush if you didn’t have one of these fancier things.) The more water you add the more diluted the color will get. Definitely be careful not to put so much water that the colors drip all over the shade — unless you are going for that sort of thing.

DIY bohemian pony bead and watercolor lamp |here-lately.com

After adding the darker fuchsia color to the shade, I repeated the same steps with a lighter pink. I finished the whole thing off by tracing the top and bottom edge with my gold paint pen.

DIY bohemian pony bead and watercolor lamp |here-lately.com

And that’s it! A thousand words later, and I think it took me longer to write this post than it did to actually make the lamp. The lamp is currently residing in Akira’s room. It’s not exactly the colors I wanted for her room, (I had hoped to do more coral than pink), so I might change it up a bit, but she loves it, so I might just change-up her color scheme. It’s not like we’ve started working on that yet, anyway!

Let’s look at more pictures, shall we?

DIY bohemian pony bead and watercolor lamp |here-lately.com

DIY bohemian pony bead and watercolor lamp |here-lately.com

Can you believe this was inspired by cheap-y pony beads?! Thanks again, to Delightfully Noted for hosting such a fun challenge! Don’t forget to VOTE for us (#3). Winner will be announced on Friday!

DIY bohemian pony bead and watercolor lamp |here-lately.com

Crafts Decoratiing

A Quick and Easy Summer Table Centerpiece

June 29, 2015

Hey guys! I wanted to share a quick craft project that I did for our dining room table. Our dining room is very neutral. A whole lot of white and brown and not much else.

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This was done somewhat on purpose. I wanted a neutral room that we could change easily with seasonal decorations. The “somewhat” is because I couldn’t come up with any other ideas. Unfortunately, with everything else we have going on, the room doesn’t get much attention as far as seasonal decorating goes. Just the thought of that makes me laugh. Sure, I have 3 kids, a laundry mountain, and an empty fridge, let me ignore all of that to seasonally decorate my dining room! Oh, life…

Nonetheless, I did find the time to make a new center piece for the table using a few things we already had. And when I say time, I really mean 15 minutes. That’s all the time I had to spare, and if it weren’t for the paint needing to dry, it probably would have taken even less time.

I used an old votive…

EASY SUMMER CENTER PIECE | here-lately.com

a left over sample of paint (Possibility by Valspar)…

EASY SUMMER CENTER PIECE | here-lately.com

some old corks (previously used in a lantern to decorate the table)…

EASY SUMMER CENTER PIECE | here-lately.com

and some faux succulents to make this:

summer table setting |here-lately.com

EASY SUMMER CENTER PIECE | here-lately.com

I snatched the succulents from a previous center piece using succulents and a ceramic pumpkin. If you don’t have a cat who loves to eat plants then this could also be done with real succulents.

Typically, I would have used Frog Tape to make a clean, crisp line for the paint, but we were out of it, so I just painted it freehand. And frankly, I like the soft curves of paint better in this case.

EASY SUMMER CENTER PIECE | here-lately.com

The hardest part was figuring out how to cut the corks into slices, so they would fit into the glass votive holders. I was trying to use a knife and was failing miserably when Michael came downstairs for his lunch break. (He works from home.) He took one look at what I was doing and said, “Why don’t you just use the loppers? The corks shouldn’t be any different than a branch.”

(Caution: Horribly grainy phone photos)

EASY SUMMER CENTER PIECE | here-lately.com

My innovative knight in shining armor, guys.

EASY SUMMER CENTER PIECE | here-lately.com

Michael cut the corks for me, and by the time he finished, the paint on the votive holder was dry. So I arranged the faux succulents and corks in the holder and put it on the table. It was a little drab, so I dressed it up with the ceramic bird (actually a salt shaker) and a gold charger that we already owned.

EASY SUMMER CENTER PIECE | here-lately.com

I would love to add place mats or something else to give it more color, but for now this will do. It was free, and less than 15 minutes, so this tired mama will take it!

Anyone making anything new with things you already own? I’d love to see your ideas!