Thursday, May 19, 2011

My first tutorial: Let there be light!!

 Hey lovelies! I'm having a nice but busy week! Other than the small hotel renovation that I'm currently involved with, I'm also doing my "spring cleaning" this week. It traditionally includes washing blankets and curtains, insides of cupboards, carpets and in general cleaning everything that you're too lazy to clean during the rest of the year!! As much as I love you, our relationship hasn't yet reached the point where you get to see my cleaning outfit... 
 So here's a tutorial instead: how you can make your own lovely DIY lamp shade with just ribbons!!  


You will need:

1. Your trusted glue-gun.
2. Ribbons - any color (I'm using blue and green since it matches our living room. You can make it with one color for a more "serious look" or multi-colored for a kid's funky room. Just use your imagination!)
3. Cord (to hang it)
4. A plastic cap/lid (This will be used for hanging it as well. The one from "Pringles" is ideal, I'm using one from an espresso box here)
5. 4 pieces of wood to make your frame (you can use three for a triangular shape, or make a round one with wire! I'm using some spare wood from a broken bread-cutter that I had around - recycling rules! )
6. Scissors 
7. Coffee or other beverage of your choice to get you going!! This will take a while...


What you do:

a. Glue the four sticks of wood to create your frame. Do that first, to allow some time to cool off!

b. Cut pieces of both ribbons in various lengths depending how low you want it to hang. A medium length is from 30 cm (11.8 inches) to 60 cm (23.6 inches). If you're a control freak, you can measure your ribbon to create a variety of pieces cut 30, 40, 50 and 60 cm long. But if you do it randomly it will add a nice, care-free touch!!


c. Start gluing!!! Use a drop of silicon on the three sides of your stick and wrap your ribbon around it!


d. Keep gluing! Here's the part where you need to be patient! 


e. When you do the first side glue 2 pieces of cord at the four corners of your frame, forming an "x". This is how you will hang it. Cover the corner with ribbon to hide the cord! Keep gluing!! 

f. Cut an "x" mark on your plastic cap using a cutter. Pass your cord and bulb through your frame and then through the cut of the plastic cap and hang it!

g. Here's your light!! 


 I think it's pretty amazing, considering it costs less than 5 euro!! What do you think?? It also has a lot of fun possibilities! You could use sheer or silk ribbon, cut them all at the same length or even add some dangling beads and charms!!! It'll look amazing in a baby's room!
 If you try it, please link back! I'd be so happy to see your creations! 
 After my first tutorial, I decided to do my first giveaway when I reach 50 followers and my second (more spectacular) when I reach 100!! So.... show me some blog-love!! When I reach 50, I'll post with giveaway instructions!! 

Be happy! Create something fun! Ask your loved ones to help out and glue your fingers together! Kisses!

47 comments:

  1. That lampshade is awesome and creative. I'
    d hang it in my mansion anytime )

    I saw your comment on Doe Deere's blogazine under Ice Queen shoot for Harlow Magazine. Thanks you dear i styled it and made the dresses

    <3

    Leon

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  2. You DID?!?! OMG! That was a really awesome photo-shoot and Doe was a doll!! I'm very honored with your comment!!

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  3. how did I miss that blog crush comment! awww, you are too cute! I swear! well I have to say you continually blow me away with your craftiness! I mean seriously? how do you come up with these things? this lamp shade is wonderful! truly wonderful, and I am seriously planning on trying my hand at lampshade-ry in the near future! now what is this I am reading about a hotel renovation? that sounds like a lot of hard work, but also a lot of fun!

    I have to say that we have a draw :) you say you would love to have short hair and I would LOVE to have just a fraction of your crafting abilities! you really have a gift, lady!

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  4. thats incredible!!! amazing!!!

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  5. Wow ladies!!Thank you, thank you!! You seriously put a smile on my face!! :)

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  6. Wowowowowowow-this looks like something you would buy at a high end boutique for lots of $$$ and it cost under 5 euro! I loved your first tutorial- I don't think I'm crafty (or patient) enough to pull it off but I will definitely admire yours!

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  7. τέλειο dimi μου πολύ όμορφη ιδέα μου έδωσες για το παιδικό μου δωμάτιο!!! χαχα έχουμε και το ίδιο μπιστόλι σιλικόνης!!! τα φιλάκια μου!!!

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  8. Wow I am impressed! That was really cool, I would have never thought of that myself! Oh I hope that you do more of these :)

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  9. Awesome idea! Your lamp shade looks really really pretty!

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  10. Thank you all my lovely friends!! I wasn't sure you're gonna like the tutorial idea! But since everybody is so positive, I'll give out more tips!!
    Stay tuned for decorating tips and some jewellery making in the future!! Kisses :)

    p.s. - Αγαπητή νεραϊδίτσα, το πιστόλι αυτό με έχει φτάσει στην απελπισία πολλές φορές, διότι στάζει και κολλάνε τα πάντα... Το δικό σου???

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  11. Έχεις μπει σε creative mode? Μπράβο σου κοριτσάκι! Άντε, τώρα που πήρες φόρα να δούμε κι άλλα! :-)

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  12. Όλα κι όλα... η φτώχεια θέλει καλοπέραση dear!!

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  13. You are soooo talented dimi! I am so impressed!

    Leia

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  14. This was fantastic! You are so creative and it turned out amazing =)
    And thank you so much for all of your lovely comments on my blog, you are just the sweetest girl ever!!

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  15. Thank you girls!! You make me a proud, crazy, artistic person with all those lovely comments!! My face hurts from all the smiling!!!!! :) :) :)

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  16. Fabulous lamp!! you are fantasticc, great idea and thanks for sharing :D

    xx

    Have a nice weekend :)

    www.sickbytrend.com

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  17. The finished product is gorgeous!!! I love it. I wish that I had talent so I could do this.
    But I don't.
    Because I suck.

    http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

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  18. Thank you Bonnie! You may suck... but I like my friends a bit cynical with a twist!! I love your vlogs!

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  19. χαχαχαχα και μένα μου σπάει τα νεύρα άσε που ρουφάει την σιλικόνη στο λεπτό δεν το προλαβαίνω χαχα!!!

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  20. Χιχι! Κι εγώ νόμιζα ότι κάτι του κάνω!! Το άτιμο!!

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  21. it turned out so nicely! we indeed have things in common including decorating=) excellent job Dimi!

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  22. Thank you my dear!! I'm glad you like it!

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  23. Wow this is so cool. I just found your blog and I wish I was more crafty but I think I could actually do this one. Such a cute fun idea for a bedroom or anywhere in the house
    Love the ribbon idea
    Following you now, congrats on your followers.
    xoDale
    I have a fashion blog here in San Francisco
    www.savvyspice.blogspot.com

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  24. What a fun tutorial! I actually think I could do it, too. Maybe. If I tried really hard. Yes, I think I could. I like all the possibilities there are, too, like you mentioned. I like the idea of sheer ribbon all the same length. Pink would be fun, but black would be really sweet, wouldn't it?!

    Love to you! Hope you are well and enjoying your weekend.

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  25. Thank you Dale! And welcome! I'll follow back :)

    And Ashley, yes!! You can do it! And when you do, send me pics!! Black would be awesome!! Kisses :)

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  26. Aaaaaaaaaaaa einai teleioooooooooooooooo!!!!M aresei apisteuta poluuuuuuuuuu!!!Thes na to baloume sto bhma bhma???To agapwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

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  27. Thank you dear!! Να το βάλετε, γιατί όχι? Δεν ξέρω τι είναι το βήμα-βήμα, αλλά πολύ ωραίο μου ακούγεται!!! Έχω φτιάξει και μισό σε μεγαλύτερο μέγεθος.... αλλά ξέμεινα από κορδέλα και πρέπει να πάω Αθήνα! (όποιος δεν έχει μυαλό κ.λ.π.....! Χιχι). Σε φιλώ τρελοκόριτσο!

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  28. Amazing!!!! Oh My I love this!!! Beautiful Job!!

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  29. Me poluuuuuuuu agaph koritsaraaaaa http://stepbystepgr.blogspot.com/2011/05/blog-post_8191.html

    Elpizw na s aresei!!!

    Kai pali mprabo sou einai kataplhktiko!!!

    Polla filiaaaaaaa

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  30. ΜΠΡΑΒΟ DIMI !!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ΜΠΡΑΒΟ ΚΑΙ ΣΤΟ ΒΗΜΑ ΒΗΜΑ ΠΟΥ ΤΟ ΑΝΑΚΑΛΥΨΕ!!!!!
    ΑΚΟΜΗ ΚΑΙ ΓΙΑ ΤΟ ΚΑΜΠΙΝΓΚ ΕΙΝΑΙ ΤΕΛΕΙΟ!!!!!!
    ΘΑ ΤΟ ΔΟΚΙΜΑΣΩ!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  31. @Anne - Τhank you sweety!!

    @Happy Kathy - Κοριτσάκι μου σε ευχαριστώ πάρα πολύ!!! Είσαι γλύκα! Ούτε που το ήξερα το ωραίο αυτό blog!! Είσαι φοβερή!!

    @Rena - Ευχαριστώ Ρενούλα (έχεις και το όνομα της μανούλας μου!!). Δοκίμασε το!! Για το κάμπινγκ είναι πολύ χρήσιμο και θα ήθελα να δω κι άλλες παραλλαγές! Αν βάλεις σκουρόχρωμες κορδέλες δημιουργεί και πιο ωραίο, έμμεσο φωτισμό! Καλή σου μέρα!!

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  32. ΚΑΛΗΜΕΡΑ DIMI!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ΘΑ ΜΑΖΕΨΩ ΤΑ ΥΛΙΚΑ ΚΑΙ ΘΑ ΤΟ ΦΤΙΑΞΩ!!!!
    ΘΑ ΣΑΣ ΤΟ ΔΕΙΞΩ ΝΑ ΜΟΥ ΠΕΙΤΕ ΤΗΝ ΓΝΩΜΗ ΣΑΣ!!!!!!!!
    ΕΥΧΑΡΙΣΤΩ ΠΟΥ ΕΠΙΣΚΕΦΤΗΚΕΣ ΤΟ ΣΠΙΤΑΚΙ ΜΟΥ!!!!!!!!!!

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  33. Χαρά μου! Πολύ ωραίες οι εικόνες σου!

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  34. Σ' ευχαριστώ Κωνσταντίνα! Καλώς μας ήρθες!! :)

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  35. Α ωραίο και εύκολο φαίνεται,ευχαριστούμε!

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  36. Να'σαι καλά Ρένα!! Ευχαριστώ για το follow! Ένας ακόμα και θα κάνουμε giveaway!!!

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  37. This is awesome! I might just have to make one of these days.. maybe on the weekend.. :-)


    All the best, Angel

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  38. Awesome work! This looks great.

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  39. Thank you girls!!! It was a bigger hit than I expected!! :)

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  40. Very cute!! Thanks for posting this. So useful. <3 I'll def. link back if I make one. ^_^

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  41. I just discovered your blog and it is so divine...I really adore this diy and for a first DIY it is pretty spectacular xxx thank you for sharing I am definitely trying it xxx

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  42. Thank you IRENE!!
    And thank you Karin! That's so sweet!!
    I can't wait to see what you'll both make!!
    See you!

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  43. Okay, totally making one of these for my little girlies! Love!

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  44. That makes me so proud Wendy!! Welcome, thanks for following and don't forget to send a pic of your design!! Kisses :)

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