Christmas is a time to give gifts and be with family. Christmas can get expensive though, with all the presents and decorations. One great way to save a little money, while spending time with your family, is to make light bulb ornaments together.
Make a wire frame for the top of the lamp by hammering a “U” nail into the center of a scrap piece of wood. Slide a heavy gauge wire under the “U” nail and bend the wire at a 90 degree angle against the “U” nail every 8 inches so that an 8 inch square frame is created from the wire.
Cut the wire with wire cutters and tape the ends together to form the square frame.Using Vogue Patterns for Living Pattern #2056, cut four triangular shaped pieces of silk or sheer fabric.Stitch the four pieces together using a French seam to encase the raw edges of the seam allowances.
Since light will be shining through the fabric, this will eliminate seeing raveling edges. First, with wrong sides together, stitch the lamp sections together at the sides using 1/4 inch seams. Trim the seam allowance close to the stitching.
Turn the lampshade to the wrong side. Crease along the seam and press. Stitch 1/4 inch seams encasing the raw edges. Turn the lampshade right side out. Crease the shade along each seam and press.Insert the 8 inch square lamp frame into the top of the lampshade, aligning the corners of the frame with the seams.
Fold the upper edge of the lampshade over the frame to the inside of the lamp. Hand sew the folded edge in place.For the lampshade hanger, cut the 1/8 inch cord in half. Fold each piece of cord in half and insert the folded edge through the opening in the ring.
Thread the ends of the cord through the loop and check that they are extended evenly. Draw the cord taut around the ring. Pin the ends of the cords to each upper corner on the outside of the lampshade.
Adjust the cords so that the lampshade hangs straight. Knot each end of the cord and tack securely in place. Trim any excess at the ends of the cords.Attach a bead and tassel to the bottom of the lamp by hand stitching to the point.
For lightweight or sheer lampshades, drop a clear marble into the shade to aid in keeping its shape. Assemble and install the lighting equipment you have chosen, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
You can add some flair to your interior decor by designing your own hanging lamp. You can use anything from recycled glass bottles to dollar store placemats to finely carved wood to make the perfect hanging lamp for your room. Let your creative juices flow and follow these basic steps to make a hanging lamp.
Old, burnt-out light bulbAcrylic paint and brushesWire or strong stringBrown pipe cleanersGlue gun and glue sticksRibbon
Old, burnt-out light bulbAcrylic paint and brushesWire or strong string
Here’s what you’ll need to make a basic light bulb ornament:
Paint your light bulb, making it as simple or as fancy as you’d like.Let the paint dry.Wrap your wire or string around the plug end of the light bulb and hang up the ornament.
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Paint your light bulb a solid color.Let the paint dry.Bend two pieces of pipe cleaner into the shape of antlers [Craftelf].Glue the antlers to the plug end of the light bulb, using the glue gun.Make eyes and a red nose on the light bulb.
You can paint these on or glue on googly eyes and a red pompom.Tie the ribbon around Rudolph’s neck.Attach the wire or string to the end of the light bulb and hang.
3/4 yard 45 or 60 inch wide silk or sheer fabricmatching threadVogue Patterns for Living #2056 Fortuny Lampsheavy wire2-1/4 yards 1/8-inch cord1/4 yard 1/61-inch cordone 1-1/4-inch diameter metal ringtasselsewing machinedarning needlescrap woodelectrical tapewire cutters”u” nailhammerlight kit
Design a decorative lampshade to hang from your ceiling. Don’t make it too heavy, and make sure you have a way to attach it to the base of the light socket assembly you’ll be hanging.Cut the outlet (the female end) off the extension cord.
Split 2 inches (5 centimeters) of the cut end down the middle to separate the two insulated wires.Carefully strip the insulation off each split end of the cable. Twist the exposed wires slightly so all the little strands of metal are together.
Take apart the light socket. There are four basic parts: top cap, outer casing, cardboard shell and socket.Slide the top cap onto the extension cord and down out of the way.Loosen the two screws on the socket.
Twist one wire around each screw, and then tighten the screws so the wires stay in place.Put the light socket assembly back together with the extension cord attached. Plug in a light bulb and test the socket.
If it doesn’t work, cut the extension cord again and start over.Hang the working light socket assembly from the ceiling with insulated staples. Run the extension cord across the ceiling and down a wall to an electrical outlet.
Use enough insulated staples around the light socket assembly to support the weight of your lampshade [source: Follett-Campbell, Fox].
Paint the light bulb white, leaving an oval unpainted. This will be Santa’s face.Paint the oval a flesh color [Formaro].Let the paint dry.Draw two eyes and a smile on Santa’s face. You can use paint, markers, googly eyes, etc.
Paint the socket part of the bulb like Santa’s hat: mostly red with white on the very top.Let the paint dry.Glue on pieces of cotton balls to make Santa’s hair and beard fluffy.Attach wire or cord to end of light bulb and hang.
Pull-chain light socketLong indoor extension cord, two-pronged, the thinner the betterInsulated staplesA homemade decorative shade
Old, burnt-out light bulbAcrylic paint and brushesWire or strong stringGlue gun and glue sticksCotton balls