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Project

Acorn Lamp

Introduction

This charming acorn lamp was designed by in-house crafter Kristin St. Clair to go with her whimsical toadstools.

Materials

  • Large balloon
  • Tape
  • Vegetable oil
  • Cheesecloth
  • Fire retardant
  • Water-and-glue mixture (1 part white glue to 1 part water)
  • Brown or green tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Foam brush
  • Brown or green felt
  • Hot-glue gun and hot-glue sticks
  • Utility lampshade
  • Bulb socket with brown cord
  • Fluorescent lightbulb
  • Leaf template
  • Pencil
  • Screw punch
  • Floral wire

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Blow up the balloon and tie. Tape the tie flat on the balloon -- this will be the point of the acorn. Grease the balloon with vegetable oil so the glue won't stick to the balloon.

  2. Step 2

    Spray cheesecloth with fire retardant and allow to dry. Stretch treated cheesecloth over balloon and saturate cloth with water/glue mixture. Let dry.

  3. Step 3

    Cut tissue paper into 2-inch-wide triangular strips. Brush water-and-glue mixture onto balloon with a foam brush, place a strip of tissue paper on the balloon (with triangle point at tip), and brush mixture over the strip. Repeat to create a layer of strips all over balloon. Allow the layer to dry and repeat, covering entire balloon with 3 to 4 layers. Allow layers to dry overnight.

  4. Step 4

    Poke a hole on the rounded end of the balloon and allow the balloon to deflate. Remove the balloon. Trim excess tissue paper.

  5. Step 5

    Cut 2-inch squares from felt and turn them on point so they are diamonds. Hot-glue the felt diamonds onto a utility lampshade, starting at the bottom rim of shade. Cover rim by folding diamonds over edge.

  6. Step 6

    Overlap diamonds to cover the rest of the lampshade, using a dab of hot glue in the center of each to attach. Cut vent holes in the remaining felt pieces to align with the vent holes on the top of lampshade.

  7. Step 7

    Wrap 1/2-inch strips of felt around a brown bulb socket cord, attaching with dabs of hot glue. To create little branch knobs, roll a strip of felt into a spiral and glue to cord.Note: Felt can also be sprayed with fire retardant.

  8. Step 8

    Screw in fluorescent light bulb.

  9. Step 9

    Print and trace leaf template onto felt. Cut out leaf shapes. Make holes with a screw punch as marked on the template. Weave floral wire through the holes of each leaf and secure with a smidgen of glue at ends. Attach leaves to cord with hot glue.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, December 2008

Reviews (14)

  • fxfreak 30 Dec, 2008

    I have come up with several concepts of this lamp. For Christmas, you could use red or green felt for a festive elf hat and paint a charming face on the lamp. Holiday variations: Santa, carolers, angels, and the list goes on. For a boys room: army men, construction workers, praying boy with nightcap... Girls: fairies, ballerinas, praying girl with nightcap...and for fall you could do the strips reversed and leave the tassels for a scarecrow or ghosts. I have a few decorative ideas as well

  • ARMA28 19 Dec, 2008

    Y donde esta el primer video de Acorn Lamp, pues esta es la 2da parte, si alguien sabe agradezco la informacion

  • JacksonCounty 9 Dec, 2008

    You can see the video by clicking on SEE ALL (at the top of this page) next to Comments.

  • jennjanyk 8 Dec, 2008

    i am trying to come up with other ideas on what other objects can be made instead of an acorn. has anyone come up with other ideas?

  • cecyzu 8 Dec, 2008

    I love the lamp but, I can't saw the show complete. Why isn't the video here?

  • simplesol 7 Dec, 2008

    I think they are so cute. Would really think they should post the video of this, which would help explain in more detail.

  • julie221 7 Dec, 2008

    I think this is cute, but why don't they describe the cheesecloth/tissue part being attached to the utility shade? How about access to the bulb without destroying the lower part? "The bulb screws in from the top of the lamp inserted into the shade at the top of the acorn"? What does that mean? I know how to screw a lightbulb into a utility shade. I figured the lower part was glued to the utility shade. It jumps from screwing in the lightbulb to making a leaf. Is this all about buying a kit or wool fel

  • julie221 7 Dec, 2008

    I think this is cute, but why don't they describe the cheesecloth/tissue part being attached to the utility shade? How about access to the bulb without destroying the lower part? "The bulb screws in from the top of the lamp inserted into the shade at the top of the acorn"? What does that mean? I know how to screw a lightbulb into a utility shade. I figured the lower part was glued to the utility shade. It jumps from screwing in the lightbulb to making a leaf. Is this all about buying a kit or wool fel

  • PEPPER97 6 Dec, 2008

    Oh I want 1 so bad.This is so cute.We will be adding a sunroom to the front of our house

  • Kamen 5 Dec, 2008

    The bulb screws in from the top of the lamp inserted into the shade at the top of the acorn. Buy the kit and you will see or watch if this comes on line, As for afixing the balloon piece,use more hot glue around the inside lip about 1 inch or so up.
    This looks like a very worthwhile project!

  • laceysmom 5 Dec, 2008

    Looks loike a fun thing but,
    how do you change the bulb?

  • softasbeets 5 Dec, 2008

    This is such a great idea! I would really like to try my hand at making one. However I didn't get to see the end of the segment and I didn't see in the directions how to attach the bottom of the acron to the lampshade. Any ideas anyone?

  • bindyblack13 5 Dec, 2008

    What outfit was Kristin wearing on the show today? I loved the yellow shirt with the vest over it!

  • MarthaRnTx 5 Dec, 2008

    What a fantastic idea Kristen! I see these turning into Christmas gifts!!!
    Thanks for sharing!