So, just yesterday I heard about a great challenge called Iron Craft. Each week this year, a new theme will be posted on the Iron Craft website, and participants come up with a craft project based on that theme. And since today is the posting date for week one, that means I get to participate in all 52 weeks! Yay!
The theme for week #1 is Lighting the Winter Gloom. It’s quite serendipitous, then, that just a couple of days ago I came up with a project that fits: a tiny art deco lamp, just the right size for a dollhouse! Here’s how you can make your own.
- Golf tee
- Milk bottle cap
- Water bottle cap
- White spray paint
- Scrapbook paper
- Narrow ribbon
- Craft paint
- Clear pony bead
- Yellow craft foam
- Ball chain necklace
- Small bead
- Embroidery floss
- Mod Podge
Cut the pointed end off of the golf tee. (Tip: an old steak knife works well as a saw for a lot of dollhouse construction projects!) Paint the tee as desired.
Mine is actually inspired by a pair of art deco lamps my grandma had. Well, they weren’t really a pair; one came originally in a teal-with-metallic-flecks finish, and grandma flawlessly painted the second lamp to match. (Yup, that must be where my craftiness comes from!) To simulate the look of grandma’s lamps, I first painted the tee teal with acrylic craft paint, then I put a wee bit of metallic craft paint on a toothbrush and ran my thumb across the bristles to create a spatter pattern.
Cut a tiny scrap of yellow craft foam. Roll it up and stuff it into a clear pony bead to create your lightbulb.
Glue the pony bead to the cut off end of the golf tee.
To create a cord, glue a length of embroidery floss to the bottom of the golf tee. Tie a knot in the other end of the embroidery floss to prevent the strands from separating. I used floss in a golden tan to simulate the look of a real lamp cord.
Spray paint both of the bottle caps white.
Cut a strip of scrapbook paper just wider than each bottle cap is tall. Wrap the strips of paper around the bottle caps and glue into place. If desired, glue a strip of narrow ribbon around each cap as well.
Glue the smaller cap into place centered on the top of the larger cap. Seal the entire assembly with a few coats of Mod Podge.
To add a pull chain, cut a small section off of a ball chain necklace (smaller diameter chains work best) and glue a tiny bead to one end. Glue the other end to the inside of the milk cap just a tad off center, making sure to leave room to glue the pony bead to the very center of the milk cap.
Attach the lampshade and base by gluing the pony bead to the center of the inside of the milk cap. Voila! Dollhouse retro kitsch!
Come back next Wednesday to see what I make for Iron Craft Challenge #2, and keep an eye here as well for a TON more dollhouse DIY tutorials yet to come!