Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Pinterest Challenge Reveal


 When Young House Love and Bower Power released the Pinterest Challenge last week and opened it up to all their readers, I was so excited to get started! As a newbie to the blogging world, (long time reader, short time writer) I didn’t want to disappoint, so I got straight to work. 

When I announced the challenge, I gave a sneak peek into the two inspirations I was going to pick from. Both lamp shade ideas, one made of coffee filters and the other made of wax paper! In all honesty, the deciding factor came down to what I had on hand.  

Note: I am not exactly the most patient person and crafting is no different, when I am ready to go, I am ready to go NOW! 

Capiz Chandelier made from wax paper (via pinterest)

coffee filter light pendant (via pinterest)
Want to know what I choose, how I did it, and how it turned out? Drum Roll please….

My finished product! 
Having more filters than wax paper on hand made the choice easy and the coffee filter lamp had won! I cannot tell you how easy this project was to make, just a few simple items and some extra time in front of the TV and before you know it, you have a great new lamp.

Materials Needed:
Paper Lantern in your choice of size (I already had one hanging from our floor lamp that was in need of some serious TLC), coffee filters (the number of filters you need will depend on the size of your shade, I used about 400) Glue gun, and glue sticks.

Floor lamp before filters (The lamp was bought from Target about 4 yrs ago)

Coffee filters and glue gun (my new one is cordless!!!!)
Step by Step ooh baby Tutorial:
(you caught me, I was just singing New Kids on the Block while I typed that…don’t judge me!)

Step 1. Gather the filter at the bottom and squeeze.

Do a few filters a time and set them off to the side, it will make your life easier when your ready to glue!

Step 2. Apply a generous amount of glue to the paper lantern in small to medium square sections, then take the folded filters and apply the base of the filter to the lantern.
I wanted my lamp shade very full, so I really packed the filters in tightly.
Step 3 there are no more steps! It really was that easy and now you are ready to hang that beaut, step back and admire your work.

A good start, about one hour in.

It took me about 3 hours to complete, start to finish. I only know this because I was able to catch up on the first three episodes of Design Star on demand!
 Total Cost: $19.17 (an emergency back-up of filters & a desperately needed new glue gun)

I am so happy with how this turned out! Thanks to Sherry and Katie for giving me the swift kick in the pants to stop pinning and start doing! We should do this more often. 

Finished lamp with the light on- I love the glow it gives off now!

Detail of the the finished product.
Did you take part in the Pinterest Challenge? If so, I would love to see and if not, it is never too late! Pick an inspiration picture of a craft that you have been meaning to accomplish and get going. Be sure to share your creations!



31 comments:

  1. Wow...you did a really great job!!

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  2. This looks great! I almost did the exact same thing for my pinterest challenge, lol. I love how this looks.

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  3. Thanks everyone! It so super easy and inexpensive, give it a try! If you do, send me your finished product, I would love to see it!

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  4. i have that lamp (two of them actually). they hang over our bed in lieu of lamps on the night stand - this is awesome and i'm totally going to share this idea with the hubs and see what he thinks. so much more sophisticated looking!

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  5. @Donna Jean- my husband surprisingly really likes the way it looks! He thought it was going to be too feminine but thinks the glow it gives off more than makes up for the flower-like design. I think two flanking a bed would look amazing, good luck and if you do create them, send me the afters, I would love to see it!

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  6. I love this! I really like how feminine it is and how fluffy it looks.

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  7. Your lamp is gorgeous. It's so fluffy and beautiful :)

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  8. This is FANTASTIC! I might have to go pick up an old lantern shade somewhere and do this for my patio. So pretty and cute!

    Mine is here, if you wanted to peek...

    http://sassypickle.blogspot.com/2011/08/pinterest-challenge.html

    Again, bravo!!

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  9. You could even dye the edges of the filters the color of you house to tie in..I bet the glow is beautiful!

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  10. @grneyedgirl- Thank you for your comment! The glow is really wonderful and still gives off enough light in our living room, which was important. What a great idea to dye the ends a coordinating color! I have also seen people do project with the brown (natural) filters that are a great alternative. Hope you check in again soon.

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