Love... Lights the Way!

Friday, November 11, 2011

A while ago I was asked by a friend to come up with an idea for an inexpensive light cover for her daughter's room, something bright and fun that didn't cost the earth.


So whilst browsing through some magazines I found a Chinese lantern that was decorated in hundreds of butterflies which looked fabulous and could be easily converted into a home DIY project for very little money.  And the ColourWheel collection from Doodlebug was perfect for the bright and girly colour scheme along with all the gorgeous butterflies and flowers.


I picked up a couple of different size lanterns in a local warehouse shop for less than $6 for the pair. They had a huge lantern but the size looked a little bit daunting as I imagined how many embellishments I was going to have to make just to cover it.

Using the two lanterns also gave me the opportunity to split the saying across both of them to create a little bit of added interest.





Just a little tip if you ever decide to re-create something like this... do not attach your embellishments using a hot glue gun as the light will heat up the glue and your pieces might start to drop off. It's best to use a heat resistant liquid glue.

The little butterfly antennae are made from folding in half a flower stamen that you can find in any cake decorating or fabric flower shop.


Supply List: Colorwheel Kite Strings (3093); Colorwheel Evening Garden (3088); Colorwheel Fancy Florals (3087); Petite Prints Bubblegum Dot-Grid (2527); Colorhweel Social Butterfly (3092); Pete Prints Swimming Pool Dot-Grid (2533); Colorwheel Icons Cardstock Stickers (3114); Mini Jewels; Shin-Dig Cardstock Alphas Beetle Black (2075); Black Flower Stamens; Medium and Small Chinese Lantern

Doodlebug have been showcasing projects from the design team all this week using the gorgeous ColorWheel collection so don't forget to pop by their blog HERE for some wonderful inspiration.

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15 comments:

  1. I saw these lanterns on Doodlebug. They are so adorable!!!! I'm sure your friend's daughter will love them and be the envy of her friends.

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  2. I LOVED this project! I already "pinned" it! :)

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  3. What a great project Melinda! I love it heaps! You always have such wonderful ideas. :)
    Have a lovely weekend. xx

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  4. What an awesome idea!!! I will be "lifting" this concept! Once we move I will be looking to decorate DD's room and this would tie in perfectly with her butterfly themed bedding! Thanks for the inspiration gorgeous! XXX

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  5. Hi..how very very clever and it looks so sweet!! well done on creating such a pretty light shade! p.s. did you get my address? i did email you!!

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  6. This is just beautiful girl!!! My daughter would love those in her room too!

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  7. You never cease to amaze me with the awesome things you come up with. These are just amazing!!

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  8. You rock girl, this is so beautiful and has inspired me to make one to decorate my market stall next week :)

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  9. wow... what a totaally brilliant idea, These are amazing... I wish id thought of it :)

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  10. SIGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  11. I think you have simply gone too far! I am not sure I can still be your friend when you come up with brilliant ideas like this! Love this Melinda - what a great idea!

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  12. Liz, would it help if I pretended I got the idea from you? :)

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  13. Wow! stunning..so many wonderful ideas. TFA

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