This past spring my husband and I started to redecorate our livingroom. I really wanted some glass lamps that you could fill with sand/shells/sea glass, etc. I was not willing to pay the price of some of the ones I had looked at. One night we were in the mall at Crate & Barrel (the store I refused to pay $250 for one lamp) and I remembered JC Penny has a lighting department. So we ventured over there. I found a glass cylinder style lamp and they were on clearance for $32 a piece. I told my husband that I know I will find what I was looking for and that is not quiet what I was looking for. Well I never did find what I was looking for.
So a day or two later, I went back to JC Penny and bought the lamps they had. I actually really like them now but they still need "something" to dress them up. The shade is a plain white drum shade. Very plain for my taste. One day I was watching the Nate Berkus Show and they were dressing up lamp shades. I knew exactly what I was going to do. I bought some black velvet ribbon and glued it around the shade at the top and bottom. I look at it this way, the shade now has mascara on. lol
Now that it is the holidays I wanted to take the base one step further. I wanted to put something in it but didn't want to do the whole thing full of ornaments. After a while I realize what I wanted to do.
Here is the finish "project."
The bottom of the lamp base needed to be plugged. So I cut two pieces of foamcore to block anything getting out. After the foamcore was in place I filled the bottom with a couple inches of Kosher Salt. Yes, salt. I searched everywhere for something different and couldn't find anything. Good thing a box of Kosher salt is really cheap. Anyway, I went outside to my pine trees for a couple of clippings. The ornaments are new from Target. The first lamp has a Christmas card in it from my parents. The bottom one is the picture of my family that will be mailed with our holiday cards.
I am really happy with the way the lamp bases came out.