- April 6, 2007 at 10:03 pm #240142BiggerPiggyBankParticipant
Buy an inexpensive lamp with a flat shade (the kind that’s smooth,
not bumbped up or pleated) in white. Buy fabric remanents or “fat
quarters” at the fabric store in bright colors, funky colors, mixed
in with blacks and metalic shimmer, if you can. Your daughter can
help pick some out.
Take a glue gun, and make sort of a patch work of odd shapes and
glue them on the shade, leaving spaces between some, and what not.
You can get the lamp at Good Will or Salvation Army if you look
around a few different times. If the base lamp is a color she
doesn’t like, or doesn’t match, spray paint it, or sponge paint it,
or even cover it with more fabric.
You can also find pretty fringed bead work at Wal-Mart semi-
inexpensive, and glue that around the edge to hang down a bit.
Find a sheet set in a bright color to match the lamp. Use the fitted
sheet and the pillow cases on the bed. Use the flat sheet to make
curtains, or to eve cover the existing curtains.
Most flat sheets
have a wide seam. Take a seam ripper to cut the ends of both sides,
and simply slide it through the curtain rod. You can even take the
left over fabric remanents to hot glue shapes onto it to match the
The shapes won’t hold up in the wash, but how often do
curtains need to be washed? :p
You can also slit the curtains down the middle and use some long
skinny fabric remanents as tie backs. Or, get a feather boa, or one
of the skinnier ones that is like one solid feather, and use those
For some sparkle, get some glittery puff pant, and draw designs onto
the curtain and the lamp, like squiggles, lines that draw a circle,
At the fabric store, you can buy small square decrotive pillows that
are plain white. These are typically used as pillow forms, to stuff
the inside of actual decrotive pillows. They are usually
You can do all sorts of things to decorate these. You
can hot glue fabric patchworks onto it, then use the puff pants to
do the same as on the other two items.
Get one of those long skinny mirrors you’d typically put on the back
of a door, and hang it horizontally a little ways over her dresser
or bed. Decorate the corners and edges of the mirror with the puffy
paint. You can find large fake gems at Wal-Mart for around $2, and
can add those to the corners and along the edges as well.
bought any feather boa’s, and there is any left, you can kind of
drape it along the top once it’s hung.
Hope those idea’s help!
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