Dollhouse Lamp DIY

To cut down on costs, I’m building most of the furniture and decorative accessories for the ‘I’m a Giant’ challenge. And to help keep myself on schedule, I’m planning to share one dollhouse diy project each week. This week, I made a teeny tiny lamp.

Here are the materials you’ll need:

  • Scrapbook paper
  • Glue (I used Mod Podge and then switched to fabric glue for the last step)
  • Beads
  • Small round base (could be a bead, button, cardboard, etc.)
  • Cardboard

Step 1: Create the lampshade

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I cut a 1″ x 12″ strip of decorative paper and applied glue to one side and then rolled it up to form a lampshade. While rolling it, I tried to keep the overall diameter about the same as the diameter of the base. I glued the entire outside of the paper to give it a slight sheen and to make it sturdier.

Step 2: Build the base

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I started with a round, flat faux-ivory bead and glued a couple of pink beads in a column on top of the round base. Stacking the beads and getting them to stay in a straight line was much harder than I expected. I let this dry overnight and then coated the entire structure in glue, again to make it sturdier. Since this will soon be in the hands of my 3-year old daughter, I’m going pretty heavy on the glue.

Step 3: Attach the lampshade to the base

I cut a small piece of cardboad sized slightly longer than the diameter of the lampshade. I folded the cardboard up on each end and applied glue to the folded portion. I inserted the cardboard piece into the lampshade, allowing the folded portion to adhere to the inside of the shade. Once this was completely dry, I applied glue to the top bead and the bottom center of the cardboard. I switched to fabric glue for this step because the Mod Podge didn’t seem to be holding it in place.

Step 4: Support and Dry

Once the shade was centered on the base, I carefully placed the entire piece against a flat surface and allowed it to dry overnight.