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!)
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 🙂 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… 😛 I recommend not using a graphical pattern for these, since the fabrics “twists”, but a pretty floral pattern will work great 🙂
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.
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 😛 If you want to use tape, remember to remove it before the next step, so it’s not caught under the fabric.
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 🙂 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 😀
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 😀 And the clear top should allow for the solar cell to charge during the day 😀
So now Falco is happy too 🙂 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 😀 He loves it, and says he now feels like a Greek statue 😀 😀 😀
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