The lighting in my sitting room was terrible. I found a couple solutions online that I could buy, and I was almost sold on this gem from World Market, I just hadn't made it to Murfreesboro to buy it before I found this on pinterest! I knew I had to make it, but I decided to switch it up & make my lamp with circles instead of hearts.
The only problem was that I didn't have a large circle punch. Lindsay let me borrow hers but it was only 1.5 inch & the circles weren't the size I wanted. Saturday, hubs surprised me by taking me to Hobby Lobby (then to Red Lobster)! While we were there I found this 2in circle punch that I decided to go ahead & purchase. (The project would have been cheaper but I did splurge on the punch!)
I used a book that I bought on clearance, but never could get into. I tore out about 100 pages & was able to get 6 circles per page.
Then, I stacked 2 circles & started sewing them together. I left about 8-10 inches of thread on the end to make it easier to tie them to the lamp ring. (Be sure to do this. I had a couple that were short & they were really hard to tie!) I found the the lamp shade ring at Goodwill a couple weeks ago for 50 cents!
I sewed the majority of my circles in 3 different lengths, 5,7 & 9. I didn't really want them too long. I don't really remember how many I sewed. I started out with 6 of each & that only went about half way around the ring. Then I just sewed until it was full! I did make more of the 7's than the rest.
Once I went all the way around the main ring, I sewed a cou4ple 13 circle lengths & tied them to the center ring, so they would hang lower than the outside.
Then, hubs ran to Lowes & bought a hanging lamp kit. It took a little work to make it fit my antique ring, but he made it all fit. It would have been easier to attach the fixture BEFORE tying on all the circles. I think he was afraid to tear them since they are made of paper.
After we hung it, I went through & fold the circles to give it some texture. It's a perfect addition to my sitting room. I love that I used the book pages & hung it next to my book shelf!
Overall cost: $25.50
[$11 for the circle punch, $.50 for the ring, $14 for the light, book was free]
It's about the same as the World Market lamp, but I think I like this one a little bit more!