Thursday, September 23, 2010

How to jazz up coasters, lamps and carpets - 3 tutorials in one post!!!

Whenever and wherever I find at a bargain, I collect  laces, fringes, tassels, trims, Zari/ Lurex Jacquard borders and tapes, motifs, sequin trims and buttons. They come in handy to jazz up almost anything from boxes to lamp shades and from dresses to bags.

I have a picture tutorial of how to jazz up your coasters. I think from that you will get a basic technique of other projects.








and then...









The same way I made the lamps which you saw on Tuesday in the tour of my apartment in Zürich ..

This is before jazzing up the lamp: It is Ikea ÅRSTID table lamp.

and this is after..




One side of the lamp... and below is the other side...(just so that I don't get bored of one side)

                                       


 First I removed the shades from the lamps.
As shown above I fixed the borders to the lamp shade.
Stitched the bigger button on one side.
On the other side I glued the small beads and with golden acrylics color made dots(It looked like a sari pattern:))
Attach the shades back to the base.
I tied a white ribbon to the base rod of the lamp. 
Tied a bow with a golden ribbon at the bottom.

(After using them for 2 years I have put these lamps to rest in the recycling center while coming here. They will be always remembered fondly:))


The same way I made these..bamboo carpet and mats(not the cushions..LOL)


I used our not-in-use-anymore Bamboo carpet..
  • I cut it in different sizes with sharp scissors..This one really tested my patience as the carpet started falling apart.. soon there was bamboos everywhere..and I thought I am creating more mess than anything creative..But after ruining almost half the carpet I accomplished it..phew!!)
  • Tape off all the sides
  • With permanent glue fix the borders and sequins
  • Make design with glitter paint..
  • Voila .. Your new smaller mats/carpets are ready!!!!

I kept these under floor lamps.. the reclining chair...etc This helped in avoiding scratches on the wooden floor!!



Phew I am tired now.. 3 tutorials in one!!!

oh wait where are going ..I am not done yet..
I found these g8t sites which show wonderful ways for creative DIY lightning and lampshades..
Quick lampshades by BHG
Lampshade liner by Martha Stewart








7 comments:

notyet100 said...

nice tutorials,..specially the carpet and tablemat

Rekha said...

Lovely ideas Purnima, you make it sound so easy

PA said...

Loved it!

Purnima@a creative project said...

Thanks notyet,Rekha and PA!!!

GB said...

Love those placemats and the idea!

Rose :: FineCraftGuild.com said...

love the placemat idea
come link it up so that our readers can find your tutorial ... S too:
http://www.finecraftguild.com/diy-tutorial-linky-party-15/

(btw every wednesday we open a new party, so you can show off a new tutorial each week on our site).

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

Cute and easy!! :)

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