Thursday, September 17, 2015

Plastic Animal Lamp DIY


Hello Everyone,
If you been following my blog for a while now, then you will know that I love plastic animal projects! I love them so much, that my first Darby Smart kit was actually a plastic animal necklace. Since that project will always have a special place in my heart, I thought it would be fun to take the same idea (used in my kit) but put a new spin on it! 

So today I'm going to be showing you how you can take those plastic animals and use them to transform a plain lampshade! 

Supplies
Plastic Animals
Gems
Jewelry Spacers
Chain 
Pliers
E6000
Toothpick (optional / not pictured)
Hot Glue Gun (optional / not pictured)
Lamp (not pictured)

Step 1: Decorate your plastic animals with your gems, chain and jewelry spacers. Really the sky is the limit when it comes to decorating your animals. There is no right or wrong way to do this step. Just have fun and let your imagination run wild!

With that being said, I will give you some tips to make your decorating process a bit more enjoyable. 

Tip 1: If your wondering why were using jewelry spacers, it's so that out plastic animal's can look like there wearing little hats! For example, I glued on a jewelry spacer on top of my zebra's head then glued a gem on top of the spacer. To get a better idea of what a jewelry spacer looks like click here

Tip 2: Use your pliers to make different lengths of chain that can be used to go around gems, your animal's leg (think bracelets) or your animal's neck (think necklace). 

Tip 3: Use your E6000 and a toothpick while completely this step because you want all your chain and gems to stay in place. 

Step 2: While your animals are drying you can move onto decorating your lampshade. Now this step is optional but I think it really makes the whole lamp look more ''sophisticated''. 

For my lamp I decided to cut enough chain that could go around the top and bottom of the lampshade. Then I took the piece of chain that was big enough for the bottom of my lampshade and set it off to the side.

Next I took some more chain and cut 6 individual pieces that were about 7 inches long. Then I took the longer piece of chain (which was going around the top of my lampshade) and added the 6 pieces of chain in a scalloped like pattern. 

Once I had completed my scalloped pattern, I hot glue the scalloped chain to the top of my lampshade and my other piece of chain (that we set off to the side) to the bottom of my lampshade.

Even though this is how I decorated my lampshade, you could decorate yours by gluing on more gems or spray painting the shade!


Step 3: When your animals are completely dried and your lampshade is decorated, your ready to add your animals. Just take each animal and hot glue them around the bottom of your lampshade.

When all your animals are glued onto you lampshade, your done!



I love how this lamp turned out and I think it would look great in either a kid's room or nursery. 

Also when making this lamp, you could customized it by just using one particular type of animal or theme. Personally, I was going for a circus type theme but you could create a jungle theme or even a winter theme (if you used animals like penguins and polar bears). 

What do you think? Do you guys like this Plastic Animal Lamp?

xo Katie

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