Make your own magic shroom light #Do It Yourself#lamps January 3 | Guest post by Julie F. I am so happy with how my magical shroom lamp came out — it brings a little bit of craziness in my living room, and I desperately needed some right now! If you'd like a little bit of craziness in your home, here's how you can make your own magic mushroom decor. What you need: Old newspaper, thin cardboard and scissors Flour, water and a bowl Christmas lights Tape (any kind) Paint and primer Step 1: Design Definitely the most important step. I Googled a couple of fantasy images to inspire me, set my mind on a mushroom type and drew a basic sketch of what I was going for, both in terms of proportion, final look, and structure. Here's how it looks as a sketch… Step 2: Cardboard decoupage One disk will be the base of my mushroom top and one rectangle (taped into a tube) will be the trunk of the fungus. Help me repurpose my old Moroccan lamps! Can anyone suggest a quick, cheap fix for these Moroccan lamps? I'm not nearly as crafty as I would like to be and the silk... [more] Step 3: Taking form I used crumpled paper to give a pear shape to my trunk, holding it in place with some tape. For the top, I filled the corner of a plastic grocery bag with some more crumpled paper. I fixed the bag to the cardboard base with tape as well. Step 4: Papier-maché until you die To make papier-maché glue, mix all-purpose flour with water in a large bowl. Try to go for a pancake mix consistency as it will be easier to work with. Add water or flour until you're satisfied. And use warm water or you'll get cold fingers! The first layer of papier-maché is the most important because it will define the shape of your mushroom. I carefully layered strips of paper on my forms, adjusting pressure to get the general look I wanted. Don't worry at this point if things are not perfect — you'll get the chance to fix everything with the subsequent layers. I strongly advise to wait until a layer is mostly dry before applying another one. Also, you will find it easier to work with small bits of paper to cover the curvy parts of your form. To make a sturdy papier-maché, keep in mind that the glue is only the mortar — it's the paper that is the brick. Entirely submerge your strips of paper into the glue, then remove glue as much as possible by pressing and sliding the paper between two fingers. About five to six layers should be enough. More is just better. Step 5: Assembling Open the plastic bag and remove all the crumple paper. Remove plastic bag all together. Cut slits in the top cardboard base. Step 6: Paint Prime it first. Papier-maché drinks a lot of water so prime it until you can't see the newsprint. I chose to go for a traditional red and white mushroom this edition, but anything goes! I recommend applying a spray varnish when you're done to preserve your work. Step 7: Fiat lux! I used my old Christmas lights! I figured that if they were safe to go in a tree, they would be safe to go in a mushroom. It took bit of gymnastics to place them correctly, but with some patience, it was all good. Bonus Step: Relax and Enjoy Plug in and enjoy the magic of the mushroom. Or replace your holiday tree with it, add fake presents, and decorate it with Christmas ornaments. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Julie F. Hi. My name is Julie. I'm a geeky gamer, amateur cook, ren faire costume maker, loving wife, former goth, devoted friend, cat lady on the side, decoration freak, Miss Cupcakes, ecologist lawyer and larp enthusiast. Yeah, that sums it up. Nice to meet you! PREVIOUS My tiny, kitschy, crafty, and Star Wars-y living space NEXT Use your aprons to hide ugly old kitchen phone jacks Toggle comments [ 12 ] This is adorable! Did you put the lights in the base and run them up through the top like in your drawing? 1 agrees Reply Thank you! Yes, it worked really well. I started by putting them in the mushroom top and them added the base. 0 agree Reply !!!!!! This is amazing! 0 agree Reply I love it! Love it love it love it! 1 agrees Reply Wow, so, while this mushroom is absifreakingadorable, it wouldn't match my own style tendencies, but now I'm wondering about a similar project with, say, a dirigible O.O Absolutely brilliant. Thank you for your fantastic how to! I'm still giggling over 'Papier-maché until you die' 0 agree Reply Papier maché is so affordable, there's no reason not to try it out. Worst case scenario, you don't like it and lost a couple of flour cups in the process. It just takes so much time to get things done, it seems like forever. But don't give up, it's worth it!! 1 agrees Reply This is my favourite thing I ever did see! I will be making this, thankyou! 0 agree Reply Please share your pictures when you're done, I'd love to see more mushrooms! 0 agree Reply This is amazing and so simple. My husband and I have been looking for ideal bedside lamps for ages and I think this may be the solution. 0 agree Reply I love how the slits cut in the top create rays of light! Did you do anything to attach the top and bottom pieces? 0 agree Reply Nope, it lays on top of the trunk. 0 agree Reply Gnuh! So cool… Now to find the time to do this amazeballs thing! I'm thinking blue and purple mushrooms myself. 0 agree Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. 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