Source: The Martha Stewart Show, December 2008

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

  • Pencil

  • Screw punch

  • Floral wire

steps

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

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

  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. 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. 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. Screw in fluorescent light bulb.

  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.

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