1.13.2011

audible gasp...


...that's what i did
when i popped over to visit odette ny,
and saw this amazing lamp made entirely
with vintage doilies!
loved it so much, i just had to share....
.
a total work of art by remade, usa

43 comments:

erin said...

amazing.

Lillian Chang said...

Oh wow, this is seriously incredible! Such an innovative idea, and it turned out so beautifully - love the shadows it makes :) Gorgeous.

Emily said...

That is such a stunning piece! How creative!

Munted kowhai said...

oh wowwwwwwwww.
this is insanely awesome.
how cool would it be to have a few of these in different pastel colours in your bedroom? magical!

Pascale said...

Absolutely stunning! I love the shadows it casts...

chunky girl said...

Wow - that is just amazing!

jessica said...

oh my gosh. how beautiful! i feel like i desperately need one of these. can you imagine the pretty patterns it would make on the walls and floor and ceiling? <3

"Een sneller kloppend hart ♥" said...

I cannot believe the beauty of this lamp!!!!
Just amazing!

Regards, Veronique (Holland)

Köln said...

70 ... my aunt had those. but these are great too!

blue moss said...

koln....
aren't they great!? so glad you stopped by
michelle

Anonymous said...

how does it hold it's shape??

blue moss said...

not sure how it keeps its shape...you could maybe check out the remade website for details... :)
michelle

vicstick75 said...

Lovely! Maybe you could tack the doilies together around a balloon and then use spray starch to stiffen them.

Allmydelight said...

How would a person make one of these? How gorgeous...I would have audibly gasped as well. Thanks for sharing...

CinnamonLotus said...

I have a box of ancient doilies and antique lace that must've been passed down to my grandmother (who was 93 when she died in 2002) from her mother. I somehow inherited it and I've been wondering what to do with the pieces! How FANTASTIC!!!

Suzen Millodot said...

What an absolutely lovely creation! How does it keep it's shape? I would love to make something similar with my treasured collection of doilies.

Anonymous said...

I'm betting that spray fabric glue or a starch mixture is helping with the shape. But what an amazing piece! I love it!

SleepingCougarWoman said...

I believe it is probably a fabric stiffener such as Stiffy. (You use the same principle to make the little cheesecloth ghosts over cola bottles for Halloween). Then you'd have to do like a part at a time & let it dry then continue over some sort of form like a big balloon which then would be popped & removed. Now I know what to do with my grandmother's doilies! :D

SleepingCougarWoman said...

Alternatively, you could also use a large Japanese Paper lantern (which comes in other shapes than round too), remove the paper and form the doilies around the basic form of the lantern. That'd be the smartest way to do it as it is already made to BE a lamp so it already has the fixture in it, and they don't cost much either, around $15.

Anonymous said...

so liikeeee... HOW DO I MAKE THIS BEAUTIFUL THING?

Anonymous said...

I would use stiffy on the doilies around one of those large kid's punching ball balloons covered in vaseline. Once the doilies are dry, pop the balloon and pull it out! Voila!

James C said...

You can make this at home. You go to the local party supply store and ask for a 3 foot circumference balloon. Then you blow it up, dip the doilies in a mixture of glue and water, then stick them on the balloon. Then let it dry, pop the balloon, and you buy a lamp kit from a hardware store (ikea sells them) and assemble it. Very awesome

Karl aus München said...

aufblasbarer Ball und Leim: Einfach gemacht. (means: we had those 20 years ago in our kinderzimmer)

But I love them.

Dana said...

Really pretty... Now I HAVE to make one....

Dana said...

I bet you could use sugar water & hang it to dry.. I made easter baskets that way , winding string around balloons, then dip in strong sugar water & hang to dry When it gets nice & stiff, then you could always put something stronger on it for it to be more permanent.diessim

Anonymous said...

my mother used to make these with her handmade doilies and she used watered down elmers glue! it dries clear, and if you put it over a balloon you get the shape you want, just be sure to leave space for the light and maybe some wire help hold the shade away from the bulb

Anonymous said...

If you use a sugar bass the heat from the light would heat the sugar and malt it. To make your own vintage doilies dye with tea.

Gift Everythings said...

Awesome idea, love it :)

Concetta Phillipps said...

You'd have to use glue, Diana - the sugar concoction would soften as it heats up from the heat of the lamp - unless you were using something like LEDs that don't generate a lot of heat.

swing from the trees said...

Aaagghhh!! I've been trying to do this with lace for my friends wedding! I'm having so much trouble getting the lace to stick to the balloons!! Elmers and water is just not working!!!!

Anonymous said...

would mod podge work?

Anonymous said...

I bet you could use the same technique used here:

ruffledblog.com/diy-string-wedding-chandelier/

Lesha said...

I LOOOOOVE this! I am going to get a plain lampshade and modpodge white and cream doilies on it.

Lesha said...

I LOOOOOOOOve this. I am going to mod podge cream and white doilies on a plain white lampshade. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Mix corn starch, glue and warm water together until it has a smooth texture.

Anonymous said...

Mix corn starch, glue and warm water together until it has a smooth texture.

Thea said...

Oh how gorgeous! I have been scouring how to make a chinese paper lamp myself but this is prettier and seems more plausible as a diy!
Just a thought, wouldn't using a small amount of baking non stick spray on the balloon help? I was think somehow the glue would stick to parts of the balloon and jeopardize the lamp.

Louise Edu said...

Hi Michelle, I think I first saw your doilie lamp on pinterest, and now I find you again through stumble upon! I absolutely adore this! I am in love with doilies...and this just makes me fall deeper! I will definitely try this for my home!

Aunt Sue said...

Just saw this on pinterest.Wow what a cool idea.
I'm just wondering how hard this would be to clean. We have a woodstove and it gets dusty here.

Anonymous said...

I abosolutly LOVE THIS!!! can you please give step by step instructions on how to master such a great lamp!?

Anonymous said...

What a great lamp! Could you give instructions for this?

Heli Munshi said...

WOW! Instructions pleeeease :)

ShihTzu Happens said...

I think "Stiffy Stuff" would work.