I made this super cool starry sky lamp as part of a sponsored campaign for Collective Bias® Social Fabric® and their client.
Now that it is Spring I have been going around the house updating and rearranging each room with simple changes to freshen things up. So far I have done the living room, my bedroom, Kaia’s room and the kitchen but I have been stumped on what to do for Judah’s room. We gave him a furniture upgrade over the winter so that Kaia could get his baby room stuff, so I decided on a few cheap and easy things like framing and hanging up his school artwork and switching out his curtains this time. I also gave him a lighting makeover by switching his old yellowish bulbs to GE’s new super bright LEDs I grabbed at Target and transformed his boring table lamp into a modern starry sky. It was super easy and he just loves it! Check out the tutorial below to make one for yourself!
This adorable lamp shade is very simple to make and gives your room a great soft, safe light that is perfect for a child’s room. LEDs burn cooler than other bulbs, so if your kids are as curious as mine you can feel a little better about having a bulb that won’t burn wandering hands if they try to grab it. Yes, Judah did that. Long story short he was fighting sleep one night and got up to turn on his lamp. Apparently he wanted to see how it worked because he reached right in and grabbed the bulb to try to pull it out. *cue freak out* After a call to the after hours nurse, a lot of tears and a very shaky child he finally went to sleep. Needless to say the lamp disappeared until he was a little older. Another great thing about these bulbs is that one of these babies last longer than 15 traditional incandescent bulbs – that is a crazy long time, and do you know what that means? SAVINGS!
So now that I went off on a tangent let’s get back to our tutorial. Here is what you will need:
- white lampshade
- black self adhesive vinyl (sold in rolls at any craft store)
- craft knife
- 1 inch star stencil, cutout or paper punch
- 60 watt GE LED Energy Smart Bulb
First cut your vinyl to fit your shade. I cut mine so that there is a small white border on the top and bottom, but feel free to size it however you wish. Next, take your star stencil and trace and cut out small stars evenly along the length of your vinyl. (Hint: If you have a star shaped paper punch you can do this a lot faster!)
Now peel off the backing, line it up on your shade and carefully stick it on while smoothing out any bumps or wrinkles.
Smooth it out all the way around until you meet the other end. If they don’t meet up exactly take your craft knife and cut one side down until you have an even surface. Don’t worry about cutting your shade – just use a very light hand and the vinyl will peel off easily. Do a final firm smoothing once you are sure everything is in place.
Now attach it to your lamp base and put in your LED bulb. Ta-da, you’re all done!
Check out this baby in action – don’t you just love the bright white stars?! I love that these bulbs aren’t yellow – I am definitely an LED convert now!
Don’t like stars? Cut out cute hearts or crowns for the princess in your family, do skulls & crossbones for your little pirate, mouse ears for a Disney fan, and more. The possibilities are endless!
You can find GE LED Energy Smart bulbs and most of the supplies for this project at Target. Be sure to print out this great coupon before you head out! You can also find them for $2 off through Target’s Cartwheel app here.