Monday, July 14, 2014

Monday Made: This little lamp of mine

We've been doing up a little reading corner for the boys in our room. The area needed a little lamp to brighten up the corner, so we made this:


Making this was pretty simple, and you probably have the materials in your home. We made this out of a plastic milk carton (which a friend donated to us), LED fairy lights (that you might have in the storeroom with your christmas decorations), and some pretty tapes. 

Here's how to make your own lamp:

1. Decide on the shapes you would like to decorate your lamp. We chose stars, but anything goes, so long it is relatively easy to cut out. Larger shapes are easier to work with. Trace these shapes out on a piece of transparency. 


2. Taking a clean 2 litre plastic milk carton, cut the carton into half. You might need to trim the edges to ensure that the four sides are relatively even, so that the lamp can sit properly later.


3. Start sticking down pieces of tape to decorate the shapes you have drawn.
Key instructions to tell the kids:
- The pieces should overlap and there should not be any gaps.
- They can mix and match patterns, but to avoid very crazy patterns you could restrict them to two to three tapes per shape. We used two types of tapes per shape. 
- They need to tape over the outlines of the shapes drawn. 


4. It would start looking like a colourful crazy mess. Once the kids are done, cut out the shapes following the outline, while cutting inside the lines so that the lines would not show up in the final product.


5. Stick these shapes down onto the plastic carton, using white craft glue (PVA), which dries clear. 

6. After the glue has dried, invert your carton and stuff your fairy lights in. Flip the carton over, and you have your very own little lamp!


Junior J helped me with sticking the bits of tape onto the stars. We used Scotch Expressions Tapes by 3M, which includes various types of decorative tapes such as magic, washi and masking tape. We used their magic tapes, which are made of plastic, and can be torn by hand. Do note that if you are doing this craft with kids, they might need help to cut/tear the magic tapes, as the thinner plastic means that the tapes sometimes might split when you are peeling them. Also, it might be a better option to use washi tape, which is made of paper, since it is easier to tear these tapes. Washi tape is unlikely to split during the peeling process, and is residue-free (it does not leave a sticky residue when you peel it off a sheet of paper) and repositionable. 

I left the hubby to supervise the boys while I went to settle baby J, and came back to see this:


I laughed so hard to see these two boys with all the tape labels all over themselves! It was Lil J's idea, since he was bored while his brother was helping me, and conveniently helped himself to the tapes and peeled off all the labels! 

Labelled boys aside, we are loving our new lamp that cost virtually nothing!


I love the stained glass-like effect of the light shining through the tapes, and how the stars brighten up an otherwise plain little lamp. So if you happen to have some fairy lights collecting dust until Christmas, why not dig them out and try this project?

For more ideas for working with these decorative tapes, try popping by My Activity Room to get some inspiration from the projects posted there. In addition, 3M is organizing a workshop where you get to play with these tapes, and get more ideas on what you could do with them. If you're interested, here are the workshop details:

Scotch Make Amazing Workshop
Date: 2nd August, Saturday
Time: 2 sessions (1000-1200 or 1300-1500)
Cost: $20 per family (you will receive a starter kit of 3M products worth $40 to craft with)
Venue: Food for Thought @ National Museum

You can register for the workshop at this site, and here's a peek at what you'll get to do at the workshop:


A peek at the starter kit that you'll be receiving at the workshop!

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Oh, and good news! 3M is sponsoring a gift pack of their products (inclusive of some of these Scotch Expressions tapes) worth over $60 to THREE readers of this blog! Just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below to enter in the giveaway (please remember to leave your email address in the comments so we can contact you if you win!):

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Disclaimer: We received some Scotch Expressions tapes from 3M to craft our project. No monetary compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.

90 comments:

  1. The lamp is lovely! This gives me the idea to try using them to make a lantern for the mid-autumn festival together with the kids. I would also like to use these tapes to decorate my plain ikea cabinets (the stack up white cabinets looked like a fridge for now).
    Chuyan Kwek
    Kwek_ce@yahoo.com

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    1. That's a cool idea, Chuyan! Btw, if you use them as lanterns, just be careful if you use real candles. I'm a little worried about the heat melting the plastic!

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    2. Thanks for yr advise. I intend to use the fake candle light from Daiso selling 2 for $2 :-)

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  2. I would like to use these Expressions tapes to decorate the milestone books of my two little ones.

    Cheryl
    cheryl_siew@yahoo.com

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  3. Ooooh, I would use the tape to jazz up my coffee table. :-) Love the craft and the fact that you used LEDs !

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  4. Love the final product!

    intheweehours@gmail.com

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  5. The lamp is nice! I will be using the tapes for kids crafts.
    Jolin
    Babyhappie@hotmail.com

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  6. I love your home made lamp! I would love to make one for my kids as well!
    chanxgg@gmail.com

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  7. Love this homemade lamp and the glass effect of the tape!

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  8. I would make a lamp like yours for our master bedroom too!

    cmeilim@gmail.com

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  9. oh gosh ... so simple and yet so lovely ... clap clap clap!

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  10. What a great idea and I love that the kids were involved. How fun!

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  11. would like to make a 2D map of a town with roads, railway tracks and runways with my boys, woot!

    Robert_sim@yahoo.com

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  12. We'll probably work on some photo craft with it, or maybe your lamp!
    Name: Karen
    Email: heart_ocean03@hotmail.com
    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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  13. Brilliant idea - I love coloured tapes and I'd love to spruce up my craft stash drawers with them.

    Debs G

    4owlswell@gmail.com

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  14. Would love the tapes to decorate Lil Pumpkin's room walls!! I saw some washitape murals I'd like to make :)

    sakuraharuka at live dot com
    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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  15. So lovely, both the lamp and the stained glass effect. The two brothers look so identical and the picture of them with peeled stickers is so adorable.

    Satin711@yahoo.com.sg

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  16. I would use them to personalize my kids sketch books !

    Pm_babe
    pm_sgbrides@yahoo.com.sg

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  17. I am gonna copy your idea.
    Is your fairy light battery operated?

    moeybb@yahoo.com.sg

    Cheers,
    Shetom

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    1. Hi Sheron,
      Nope ours plug into an electrical source. Ikea and Daiso have battery operated ones though!

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  18. A SIMPLY Wonderful idea! Lovely works! And fun-loving kids! It's always exciting to see your ideas. : )

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  19. Oh, you can find me at ang.angelia@gmail.com

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  20. Would like to make this with my boy & hv it on his playroom.

    Eunice
    Nikki_wee@hotmail.com

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  21. I bought some of the Expressions tapes and they're wonderful! It's also so easy for kids to use. Now they'll do up their own scribbles and then paste it up themselves wherever they want!

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  22. Love your creation! Jenniferteo75@gmail.com

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  23. Artistic..n its environment al friendly.
    Thumbs up. Going Oz as a family..hope to win this to decorate our journal with these...

    Marcia Too
    Marcia_267@yahoo.com

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  24. The expression tapes helped me in creating my Phone case in a unique, fun and trendy way.

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  25. Such a pretty lamp! Where can we find transparencies now? Can use clear plastic wrapper?

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    1. Zhen Xin, yes anything that is clear and stiff enough would work. You could try the leftover backings of sticker sheets too!

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  26. Attended a felt flower making workshop by Bloesem Class (owner of Bloesem started it) at Tiong Bahru and would love to use these tapes for my flowers....particularly the stems! :)

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  27. Would like my kids to use these to decorate cards and send it to their friends/ teachers.
    ker min
    magixn@hotmail.com

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  28. Use it to label the kids belonging...one colour for each kid
    Jaime chan
    Chueimei@gmail.com

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  29. I'd use the tapes to decorate lots of homemade cards!
    Florence daffodil_garden@yahoo.com

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  30. I will let my children use them for their school arts and crafts homework.
    Teo Yee Long
    trantrulla@hotmail.com

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  31. Would love to have this to decorate their playroom and for my children artwork!

    Kylie Lim
    yippeewoods@gmail.com

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  32. A beginner in scrapbooking and these beautiful Scotch Expression Tapes would definitely help me to enrich the designs in my first scrapbook for my girl!

    dorlee_1@yahoo.com

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  33. Would love to use them to make mid autumn lantern with my kids! I'm sure they would love the process of doing it with these expression tapes!

    Andrew Wong
    Andrew.wong017@gmail.com

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  34. I would love to use the tapes for scrapbooking and card making and start my boy with this simple craft work too!

    Wenqi
    casperian05@gmail.com

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  35. Thinking to use the tapes to make care packages :)
    tanyingling@yahoo.com

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  36. I want to decorate some plain frames I have in the kids' rooms. Something I've been putting off for a while! :)
    Mummybean
    mysmallthings[at]gmail[dot]com

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  37. just came across your blog and I can't say how much I am inspired, thanks for the sharing and you definitely have won yourself a new reader :)

    and thanks for the giveaway, hope to win the gift pack and get crafty with my little girl too

    cheers
    Janette Tan
    tanmcjanette@gmail.com

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  38. The lamp looks lovely! Thanks so much for the chance to win the giveaway! :)
    I would love to get crafty with some washi and fancy up some pen pal letters or birthday packages :)

    MJ
    littlepandacrafts@gmail.com

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  39. Wow..this is an awesome article..
    My kids n me love handicrafts...
    Definitely a better choice than Ipads..
    Love to try making this lovely lamps with them...

    Kathy Woon-Tan
    prectitude@yahoo.com

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  40. Brilliant idea! I'm not fantastic in crafting but this looks so fun! Would love to try it during the Sept holiday.

    Shirley Yong
    shirley@yong.sg

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  41. Such pretty lamps! Would love to try making for my boys too!

    Debra
    Olimomok@gmail.com

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  42. I would like to use these tapes to decorate my daughter's pencil holders!

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  43. I would like to use these Expressions tapes to decorate my daughter's pencils holders!
    Lydia
    lydia@yahoo.com.sg

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  44. Going to let the girl use the tapes for her craft work!
    Rosalind
    shuyunsky@gmail.com

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  45. I will use it to decorate the chalk board door in our house!

    Ting
    Tinkene@gmail.com

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  46. Love the idea! Probably make one similar to yours.

    Evelyn
    evelynngst@gmail.com

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  47. Love your creativity and idea. I may do the lamp with my kids; they will be feel achievement.

    Keith
    tan.keith@hotmail.com

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  48. My kids have a second hand wooden stool that we love for it's weight and size. Adding some colourful tape to it will definitely give it some needed TLC and new life. Love your lamp!
    Colortypes
    Colortypesink@gmail.com

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  49. I will use the 3M tapes to deco my kid's bunk bed. Now its all plain woody col. I need lots of colourful 3M tapes.

    FB Name: Ace Serene
    Email: liaoserene@hotmail.com

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  50. Wow.... great ideas...thanks for sharing!!

    Ailing
    linailing@gmail.com

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  51. Thanks for the chance to win. The tapes look lovely and I am tempted to replicate your project to make a bedside table lamp for my girls.

    Lynn Soh
    sohlayleng@yahoo.com.sg

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  52. I would love to try my hands at these 3M expression tapes for crafting and teaching the boys to zhng up their own drawers in the play room!

    Cherie
    cherieladie[at]msn[dot]com

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  53. I will use to decorate my kids wardrobe; which is second hand from previous owners.

    Jess
    jesskoh@hotmail.com

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  54. I would use the tapes to decorate some photo frames as gifts, and to display Noah's artwork/doodles.
    Adeline / growingwiththetans@gmail.com

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  55. We have lots of relatives' and friends' birthdays coming up. I'd use the tapes to add some zest to my gift wrapping, and to DIY some cards!

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  56. These makes me feel like getting back to crafting again!
    Really love the tapes! I REALLY don't have enough tapes! ;D

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  57. Sorry forgot my name & email!

    Sam
    thepaperholic @ gmail .com

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  58. Great idea for kids!
    Rosalind
    Rosalindang@msn.com

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  59. I will make photo frames for the kids room!

    Kathryn kathrynng(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  60. Love this! The tapes are versatile and good quality!

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  61. I will use it to decorate our DIY kite. My kids enjoy flying kite.
    Celyn Huang
    Celyn11@hotmail.com

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  62. My girl loves to decorate will let her use the tape base on her creativity.

    Neo Kwang Hui
    Annhocktpt@hotmail.com

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  63. What a great and fun idea!! Super love all things handmade and DIY!! :D

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  64. I would love to try these tapes out for crafting and simple diys!

    Beverly
    beverlywoo.bw@gmail.com

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  65. Wld like to do a calendar board with the tapes!

    marveille@gmail.com

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  66. I would love to use the tapes to add to my current stock for a big project when our new home is completed!

    Estella
    sooddlydreamlike@gmail.com

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  67. Awesome lamp
    hweegee@yahoo.com.sg

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  68. would love to use the tapes for a variety of crafts with my boy.

    i can think of making blocks for pattern sequencing and photo photo frames for now.

    Thanks for the chance! :)

    Felicia ffellie@yahoo.com

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  69. I will use it on my girl's play boxes. let her have the chance of doing it by herself and coming up with something that is creatively done by her.
    Cynthia Lau
    edenie98@yahoo.com

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  70. decorate the photo album and have the boys decorate their own wardrobe and shelfs
    jingxian
    j_xian@hotmail.com

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  71. I hope to make a pencil holder using these materials. My email address is dtan445@yahoo.com.sg

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  72. Make storage boxes and other cute items. pearlyntan94@yahoo.com

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  73. Wow~~~ what a brilliant idea for engaging kids. Very impressive end result.

    Gary
    limleetau@hotmail.com

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  74. I would like to create beautiful objects with my 6 year old niece...she loves to do art and Craft and I bet she would be delighted to be able to use them... thanks. My email is "irene.lye@hotmail.com" thanks

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  75. I would like to use it to deco my photo frame and vase.
    Bel. email : belwken@yahoo.com

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  76. I will use to make nice decorations to place on my office's desk. Email is soastc@yahoo.co.uk

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  77. Love crafting ideas.

    Poohspree@gmail.com

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  78. I love to do craftwork. It will be a good hobby for me. mingmingng67@yahoo.com

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  79. Awesome idea for using washi & upcycling! Will definitely try this out. :)

    Mariae
    yeesan68@yahoo.com.sg

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  80. An awesome giveaway for craft lovers like me.I just cant end my imagination just with a single piece i would create as much i dream.
    I can recycle my old stuffs into new useful gift items.
    Sindhu Mano
    sindmansing@yahoo.com

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  81. Making boxes and other stuff for festive decorations and use. 3M products are always the best for DIY craftwork and gives effective results. My email is huihuigoh35@yahoo.com

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  82. I love the designs on the tapes! Awesome! Thanks for sharing that tutorial! ;)
    Lynn
    lynnen78@gmail.com

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  83. I would love to use the giveaway and do the same project as what you just did! Never imagined making such a pretty DIY Lamp! Bet my son would love to help just like J!

    Everything seems so fun at your home!

    Cheers and thanks for hosting!

    Audrey
    sweetsweethalo@yahoo.com

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  84. I will use the Expression Tapes to decorate on recycled bottles, filled them up with goodies, personalized them as Teacher's Day gifts!
    lohjingrong@yahoo.com.sg
    JingRong

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  85. I would like to make fabulous projects just like yours! My gals will surely love it!

    Thanks
    Kris
    krischewng@live.com.sg

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