Friday, July 10, 2009

DIY...on a very small (and hopefully chic) scale

I pride myself on being handy around the house, but I fall short of being crafty or a true DIYer. I love to paint, I'm pretty good with electricity, and I like using my drill. But that's pretty much it.

This weekend, I'm doing a DIY project that is a little bigger than I'm used to. It will probably take until Sunday and I'll be able to share pictures of my success or tremendous failure then.

For now, I thought I'd share my last little project in greater detail than I did on Mrs. Limestone's blog a few weeks ago (she let me guest blog and got me thinking about starting a blog of my own). I stumbled upon KaarsKoker candle sleeves on a blog last year and lusted after them. I considered ordering them online, but was a little nervous about picking the right color. Luckily a swanky lighting store called Timberlake Lighting (with an adorable logo) opened up in town and they carried the sleeves. I made a special trip up to their store one Saturday morning and was greeted with a locked door. Their hours: 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday. I was dumbfounded. In this day and age, who has such hours? I wasn't interested in leaving the office to make a special trip to the store (I deliberately bought a home within walking distance of my office, so the trip would include going home to get the car).

In addition to the limited hours of the lighting store, the price of those pretty, little sleeves seemed a bit much for what they were - paper. I decided to try to make my own.

First, I bought some decorative paper as the Caspari boutique (for some reason, we have the largest and perhaps only Caspari boutique in the country). I used a paper cutter to slice the paper into strips as wide as the plastic candle sleeves on the chandelier in my bathroom.

Did you get caught on the chandelier being in the bathroom? My boyfriend thinks it's hilarious. I think it's pretty.

Anyway, I used a glue stick to secure the paper to the plastic sleeves and rolled. That's it. Done. Total cost: $2.35


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4 comments:

  1. uhu, brings back childhood memories.
    I like how you can change these if you wish. It's quick, easy and inexpensive. :)

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  2. Just FYI- You should be really careful if the paper is not UL rated. It could easily catch on fire. Other than that, they look great!

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  3. I have an almost identical chandelier that I'll be hanging in my bathroom (mine has 5 arms instead of 3). I'd been wanting to add a little "something" to it, so now I'll be on the lookout for some pretty paper to do this project myself!

    My husband doesn't get the "chandelier in the bathroom" thing, either. But it's staying.

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  4. It's been quite some time and I just now noticed the comment about the paper catching on fire. The paper doesn't touch the light bulbs and it's protected by the sleeves that came with the chandelier. I think they'll be okay. :)

    I haven't had any problems since putting them on. What's more, no one seems to use the overhead light in the bathroom. The vanity fixture seems to be the one everyone goes with.

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