Sunday, October 31, 2010

P3 Challenge 11-1-10 Wineglass Candle Lampshade

Where has this year gone? I can't believe it's November 1 already!
Time for a new challenge at Paper Cubed!
The challenge this month is to create a candle/votive holder, luminary, wrap or decoration of some kind. It can be any theme.
So, whip out your candles and your craft supplies and create a 3D project that shines!
Head on over to Paper Cubed to get all inspired by the rest of the fabulous design team, then upload your project so we can all "ooh and ahh" over it!

Here's my contribution this month, I went with a fall/leaf theme for my friends south of the border who celebrate Thanksgiving this month:
I made a wineglass candle lampshade

It starts with a mismatched wine glass that's just collecting dust.
(You know, the one way in the back of the cabinet that used to be
part of a matching set until you moved and broke a couple?)
Just plop a real votive or battery operated candle inside:
(If using real candles, please don't leave unattended!)

Here's a pic of it lit up, it looks really pretty with the light glowing through the leaves, but it's difficult to capture with a photograph:

The shade is made out of vellum cardstock, which is heavier than vellum paper.
(You could also use cardstock and punch a design out of it to let the light through.)

I dug out my ancient Fiskars border scissors for the top scallops, and sponged it with Sorbet ink. Then I stamped it in Sorbet, Autumn Terracotta, honey and Barn Red with scrolls and leaves from CTMH stamp set B1355 Timeless (available only with the Olivia Workshop on the Go Kit), which were then embossed with clear detail powder because the ink seemed to be taking forever to dry. I added a hand-gathered 1" paper ruffle (pattern paper from CTMH Felicity promo kit) to the inside of the bottom edge, and hid the glue which showed through the vellum with a strip of stitched honey color ribbon. Then I attached the edges of the shade together, overlapping them by about 1/4". I used 1/8" scor tape for the whole project so it won't fall apart. Then I used the same ribbon to accent the stem of the glass, with some curly vines made by wrapping some chocolate waxy flax around a cocktail stick to curl it. Added some fabric leaves from my junk drawer under the glass for an extra pop of color.

These would be really pretty (and cheap) to make for a wedding or any party table.

Here is a template I came up with for this lampshade. I printed it as big as I could get it on an 81/2 x 11" page. You may need to resize it to fit your wineglass.

Join us at Paper Cubed this month for an illuminating challenge! ;)
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There are also a couple of openings on the Design Team...see P3 blog for details.

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I have had many emails requesting help with the ruffle edge:
For the box pleat ruffle, I used 3 strips of pattern paper cut at 1"x12", (there will be a bit of scrap ruffle left over from this)  To fold the ruffle, it's basically a valley fold, mountian fold, mountain fold, valley fold (with the valley folds touching under the pleat) for each box pleat. I found a video by the master Tresa Black that shows it for those who need a visual HERE.

To attach it, I ran a strip of 1/8" scor-tape (any strong double-sided tape will work, I just like scor-tape best for curved lines) along the INSIDE bottom edge of the decorated vellum shade, and attached the ruffle box-pleat side down, overlapping the edges of the 3 strips of ruffle to look like one continuous strip (trim off any excess, I had about 3" ruffle strip left over). Then flip it over, run another strip of scor-tape along the OUTSIDE bottom edge for the ribbon to hide the adhesive and uneven edge of ruffle that show through the vellum.  Then, when the shade is fully decorated, run another strip of scor-tape along one of the straight edges, curl the shade, overlap the straight edges by 1/4 inch and stick together. Ta-da! Pretty vellum shade! It is much easier to decorate the shade while flat, then curl it together last.

I hope this helps those who are having difficulty with the ruffle edge! 
Thanks for your comments!


  1. Hi Lorrinda

    WOW!! What an absolutely brilliant idea!! This looks amazing!

    Michelle :-)

  2. Terrific idea, Lorrinda! Thanks for sharing your template with I'm off to find some old wine glasses! :)

  3. I LOVE it!!! Such a clever idea, I will have to try it for sure, thanks for the pattern.

  4. What a "bright" idea!! So clever! Love it, Lorrinda!!

  5. Lorrinda,
    I remember making these several years ago. I bought a bunch of cheap wine glasses at the dollar store and made it a workshop! Thanks for reminding me!

  6. Lorrinda-This turned out awesome! :0)

  7. I love this idea and you did an awesome job with it. Thanks for sharing.


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