DIY

DIY Glamping Canopy – Part II

Another must in a Glamping Canopy is of course lights! I dressed up my LED party lights with little lamp shades: (Glamping = glamorous camping)

(All photos in this post are clickable, if you want to zoom in on the details!)

Wings of Whimsy: DIY Glamping Canopy #diy #lamp #shades #instructions

Wings of Whimsy: DIY Glamping Canopy #diy #lamp #shades #instructions

Wings of Whimsy: DIY Glamping Canopy #diy #lamp #shades #instructions

Here is the how-to:

Use big clear plastic cups for the shades, I bought mine at the dollar store, they are meant for beer…:-P Make sure the cups are large enough to slip over your bulbs if you are using them for party lights πŸ™‚ Since the plastic cups are all different, you will have to make your own template. The trick is to use some scrap paper and to keep tweaking it until it fits. Then I copied my paper template onto a piece of thin cardboard (cereal box) to be able to easily trace around it.

I traced it onto my Tilda fabric and tried my best to use the fabric as fully as possible, thus you can see that I traced a couple of times for the best fit… πŸ˜› I recommend not using a graphical pattern for these, since the fabrics “twists”, but a pretty floral pattern will work great πŸ™‚

Wings of Whimsy: DIY Glamping Canopy #diy #lamp #shades #instructions

I cut slits in the bottom of the cup, to be able to slip it over the bulbs. You can make these with smaller plastic cups if you want to use a string of LED fairy light, then you can also cover the bottoms with a round piece of fabric, and just cut an X to insert the LED light.Wings of Whimsy: DIY Glamping Canopy #diy #lamp #shades #instructions

I started out taping the bottom to avoid it from breaking uncontrolled when I cut it, but found out this was not necessary, so ignore the tape πŸ˜› If you want to use tape, remember to remove it before the next step, so it’s not caught under the fabric.

I then applied mod podge to my cups using a foam brushWings of Whimsy: DIY Glamping Canopy #diy #lamp #shades #instructionsI attached the fabric and applied a coat of mod podge on top to seal everything nicely.
Wings of Whimsy: DIY Glamping Canopy #diy #lamp #shades #instructions

When the little shades were dry, I glued some white pom-pom trim onto each shade with my glue gun, to cover the rim, and make them look a-doooh-rable! 3 m of trim was just enough to cover 11 of these shades πŸ™‚ And finally just push the lamp shade up over the bulb, the plastic “star” will act as hooks and keep the shade perfectly in position πŸ˜€

Wings of Whimsy: DIY Glamping Canopy #diy #lamp #shades #instructions

The little lamps at nightWings of Whimsy: DIY Glamping Canopy #diy #lamp #shades #instructions

Wings of Whimsy: DIY Glamping Canopy #diy #lamp #shades #instructions

Since my string of party lights has 10 bulbs, I had one last shade to use, and lo and behold: it fit perfectly over a solar cell garden light πŸ˜€ And the clear top should allow for the solar cell to charge during the day πŸ˜€

So now Falco is happy too πŸ™‚ He used to be a forlorn brass candle holder at the thrift store, but I took him home and painted him too with my home made chalk paint πŸ˜€ He loves it, and says he now feels like a Greek statue πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Wings of Whimsy: DIY Glamping Canopy #diy #lamp #shades #instructions

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4 thoughts on “DIY Glamping Canopy – Part II

    1. Thank you Dear! And where the Tilda bunting flags was a large and meticulous project, the lamp shades was an easy and very quick project…lol So I can totally relate to why some people are “no sew”, although I personally enjoy doing some occasional sewing too πŸ˜€ xoxoxo

  1. Your lamp shades Are very pretty. It’s so fun to girlie up the campsite. My daughter and I did it one year and people were smiling and pointing. It’s a great conversation starter! ; D

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