Sorry for the delay today – I have been a little distracted (ok, that is an understatement) with the Olympics today.
Anyhow, I have wanted to make a table lamp for our dolls for a while, but honestly, I have had a rough time making it work. Finally today, while trying again, I figured out an easier way to do it and I think you will like it, too. Just remember, what I am showing you is INSPIRATION. I am sure you can add touches of your own that just make it perfect for your dolls!
Kit is our fabulous model today and she is wearing the retired Licorice Best Friend outfit from 2005 and she is sitting on Julie’s bed. Anyhow, you can see the finished lamp on the bedside table. It was very easy to make once I figured out a few little details. So follow along and I’ll show you how to make one.
Let’s start with some basic supplies. You need a base, a stem, a shade and a topper – and what you use for these four components is really up to you!
- For a base you can use florist foam, styrofoam ball cut in half like I did, use modeling clay or a small cardboard box with a hole punched in it.
- For the stem you can use a pencil (the easiest in my opinion), skewers, a dowel rod, a straw or similar item.
- For the shade you can use the core of a ribbon roll (mine was from a ribbon set from the Target dollar aisle), make your own with paper, or the top third of a water bottle.
- For the topper you can use a shiny bead, pom pom or decoration.
Start by creating your base. I cut a styrofoam ball in half. You can cover it with foil, duck tape or fabric, or just leave it plain like I did. Then add your stem. A funky pencil is the most fun, but you could also cover three skewers or a dowel rod with aluminum foil or duck tape for a different look. Push your stem into the base.
Take your shade and cover it with fabric, duck tape or use marker to make it your own. Add ribbon, beads, gems, or fringe to give it a little something extra and add a pom pom or bead on top to finish it off. I used the ribbon spool and did not remove its cardboard top or bottom. This definitely made it easier to get the shade to stay on the stem. I should have covered the top and bottom of the shade, too, but I was in a hurry.
Slide the shade over top of the stem and secure the topper.
To keep the shade from sliding all the way down, I put 3-4 elastics at the point where I wanted the shade to stop and I added a bead too. You don’t have to add the bead if you don’t have the right sized one.
Place your lamp in your doll’s room and she will be so happy with you! This is Kit and Mini Rebecca relaxing on Julie’s bed.
If you use a long pencil or long skewers, you can make your lamp into a floor lamp instead. Here is Marisol relaxing while waiting for her friends to come over.
I can’t wait to see what you come up with! I hope your dolls liked today’s activity.