Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Easy-to-craft whimsical holiday light shades you can make with ribbons and trims.

So sorry that this is two days late. We had some family stuff going on and it was just impossible to find the time to sit in front of the pc. We were lucky enough to have this same project featured in the January issue of Romantic Homes magazine...which is still on shelves 16. We hope you can find the time to do it...if not now, be sure to save these instructions because these can work for any holiday really.

This easy-to-do project yields dazzling results. Gather all of your favorite ribbons and bits of trim, such as lace, pom-poms, sequins, rick rack, chenille and tinsel. Use a variety of textures, but tie them all together with a specific color theme - and don't just think holiday, as you can make a set for every season. Sure, Christmas is upon us, but these would make a fab project for the brief time between Christmas and New Years. It's so fast and easy and New Years is the perfect time to increase the amount of holiday lighting in your home...for the one last hurrah. Plus, you've got family home from college for the holidays. A simple project like this is a fantastic way to get your craft on and catch up with loved ones at the same time. So look for a spare strand of lights, (we found the perfect length strand for about three dollars at Michaels...maybe in the floral section...just the right length to hang across your mantle... and you'll need to put together no more than ten little shades! We placed ours on every-other bulb.) so... gather round the crafting table and light up the New Year!

What you'll need:
-strand of Christmas lights
-large size treat cups, found in the baking aisle of your local craft store
-bits of ribbon and trim
-all-purpose glue
-x-acto knife


1. Cut desired ribbon and trim to match the circumference of the treat cup. Apply trim to the cup, gluing about every two inches and pressing down to adhere at each point, securing well at the seam. Using the same seam line, follow the same process for the ribbon.

2. Once the shades are decorated, use and x-acto knife and cut a small X in the center of each cup bottom for the light bulbs to fit through. Then pop shades over bulbs, pushing through until the plastic base emerges through the X.

3. Be creative - for instance, layer rick rack on top of lace, combine pom-poms with satin ribbon, ets. Glue as you go for best results

Have Fun!!!! Happy Happy Holidays!! XOXO Jenny & Aaron


Jeanne said...

jenny & Aaron,
These little shades are adorable! They are a great project for year-round decorations!

debi said...

Too cute!! I'm definitely going to make some of these!
Merry Christmas!

Miss Rhea said...

Adorable ! :) I am loving all of your wonderful tutorials ladies !! Merry Christmas !! :)

Sue said...

Thank you for this. I saw the lights in Romantic Homes and marked it as a future project! I think I need them year round in my "treehouse" workroom.

Casii said...

Those are darling and would look great any time of year! Thank you for sharing!

Caleen said...

I love this idea.. Sad that I didn't see it till after christmas.. I am excited to make this for next year.. Thank you for this wonderful tutorial. Happy New year..

Unknown said...

so cute - I'll make them for next year! Curious - where do you find your fabulous trims????

BugnLVoe said...

I am crossing my fingers that this blog stays active and goes right into the other holidays through the year. It's very, very much appreciated! Especially for us creatively handicapped. :-)


Unknown said...

So cute!!

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Rebecca said...

I am very excited to try this at home! I just need a couple of more odds and ends. Great idea! I'm crossing my fingers that this site can go to year round craftiness!

Unknown said...

Super cute always! Can I make a suggestion? Remove the music freom your blog? I have to remember to mute when I visit from a public place.

Cheryl Carey Bass said...

Thank you! What a wonderful idea! I can't wait to attempt this.

Ra Ra Bazaar said...

I have featured your tutorial on

Somerset Wedding Gal said...

These lamp shades are just the sweetest thing!