A Proper Tea is much nicer than a Very Nearly Tea, which is one you forget about afterwards."
~ A A Milne, Winnie the Pooh
Back in November I was corresponding with Jen from Balancing Beauty and Bedlam about budget ideas for decorating girls' rooms, and she kindly featured one of my ideas. As I read all the kind words that people posted in the comments, I gained confidence that perhaps I could one day write a blog. Perhaps people would like my ideas. Perhaps they weren't as corny as I feared. (As a "professional" woman, I have often been teased - good naturedly, of course - by my friends for my "Martha Stewart" side. I think it has made me a little shy about admitting my love for crafts.) Now, two months later, I have started Pink Tea. I'm excited and nervous, but worst thing that happens is that no one reads this. So, let me say thank you, Jen, for giving me a chance on her blog. And thank you to everyone who commented on that post. It was the encouragement I needed.
Now on to the Chandelier. I LOVE Pottery Barn Kids. I'm sure if anyone saw me getting the mail, they would wonder why I get so giddy the day the PBK catalogue arrives. I eagerly read it two or three times, marking all the pages and ideas that inspire me. I knew I had a problem when I walked into a friend's bathroom and could name all the items that were from PBK (and yes, the bathroom was adorable). If there is ever a support network, I may need to join. So, when it was time to re-do my daughter's room this past summer, it was finally my opportunity to re-create one of my favorite pieces... the Butterfly Chandelier.
Source: Pottery Barn Kids
Isn't it gorgeous! I love the whimsy of it. However, the $79 price tag wasn't in my budget. Refusing to give up on my dream of having this in my room, I kept mulling over how to make it myself. Thus, this version was born.
PBK Chandelier: $79
Supplies from Craft Store: Less than $10
Satisfaction for making it myself: Priceless
Here's how I did it....
- Embroidery Hoop (only the solid hoop is needed; the hoop I used is about 14in in diameter)
- Twine / String
- Ribbon, 1/2 inch or so width [the same ribbon I used here]
- Ribbon, thin
- Cardstock Paper (I used three colors. I originally planned on all white, but I couldn't resist adding a little pink.)
- Butterfly Template or punch (I wanted my butterflies to be about 3 inches wide - larger than any of my punches - so I used a template from Martha Stewart)
- Hot Glue Gun
- Ribbon Punch (optional - this is a tool I use for scrapbooking that punches out two slits for ribbons to feed through)
- Take the embroidery hoop and tie a grid across it with the strings. I chose to do three strings in each direction. Make sure to tie the strings tights.
- Using the hot glue gun, wrap the ribbon around the hoop until it is completely covered, periodically gluing it so that the ribbon stays put. Once the hoop is covered, add two ribbons criss-crossing for hanging.
I hope you enjoyed this craft. It makes me smile every time I walk into my daughter's room.
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