Saturday, 6 December 2014

Let there be lights...

Ollo and Seasons Greetings, Welcome to the Weird Scissors Christmas Weekender.

For me I wonder what Christmas would be without lights and corny films? so I had a go at joining them together and created a lamp/light as a nod to a favourite Christmas film,

I first mulled over this idea after seeing this project:
North pole sign solar light
And although a neat idea its just a bit 'normal' for my tastes. I picked my Mam's favourite and created my own take on 'the' lamp from the beloved film A Christmas Story,

If you haven't seen the film, its a must! A heart-warming tale of a boy who only wants a bb gun for Christmas. I admit it's been years since I last watched it but it's one that has stayed with us and is mentioned regularly in this house, especially when any fragile parcels arrive.
I don't want to go into lots of detail and spoil the plot for those that haven't seen it yet, but essentially at some point a parcel arrives in a massive crate and out comes a lamp.

Take a doll, Paint shoe black if not already, remove a leg or two.  Using a hacksaw remove hip joint if necessary.
using a very fine permanent marker create fishnet style design on the leg.

Cut out 2 discs for the stand, one around a centimetre smaller than the other and 2 disks of foam the smaller size. draw around the sole of the shoe in the smaller cardboard disks and one of the foam ones, this is so you can push and glue the shoe into the base to give it stability.
Glue shoe to leg and leg to a sturdy circle base. 

Re-purpose a yoghurt carton (oh that sounds so blue peter!) and measure your paper shade, 
 while the leg is drying, cut out your shade shape from a thick velum, and attach frill and glue the pot to the top of the leg.  

when every things dry drop in a battery tea light, prop the shade on the top and let there be lights!

Heres the original, 

What do you think?? What shape will your new lamp be??

Feel free to leave a comment on the blog or on our facebook page for a chance to win.

This is entered into the Altered Eclectics Challenge for the countdown to Christmas.

Have fun, and be sure to check out the blog later today and tomorrow, and if I'm not around before then Merry Christmas and all the best for a healthy and Happy new year.

Jas x 


  1. I LOVE these lamps! What a fab idea, I shall never look at a doll the same way again. Thank you for sharing them with us at Altered Eclectics, hope to see more of your projects.

  2. Oh WOW! This is seriously AWESOME! Thanks for joining us for our December challenge over at Altered Eclectics, and I too hope to see more of your work!!!!