Monday, 13 October 2014

Crochet Flower Lamp

Hello People!
I've been having a rather splendid time over the past week or so, making dozens and dozens of bright and vibrant crocheted flowers.
The pictures I took of them kind of make my heart skip a beat! Aren't they lovely.


I've been making these flowers with the idea of transforming the ikea lamp that I have hanging in my bedroom.  

Honestly, I was not totally convinced if this project would work? Nonetheless, I thought I'd give my idea a whirl and see what the outcome would be.

For about three years now, I've had this plastic rings sat in my craft box. Dennis bought them on a whim whilst out shopping and we have never found a use for them...until now!!
I thought they would be perfect for this project, finally a chance to make use of them. 


I crocheted around the rings to create these cute little flowers. I crocheted with bright shades of cotton, that would later complement the equally bright buttons I was going to embellish my flowers with.


One I had finished making my flowers (84 in total), I sewed in all of the pesky ends. 


Isn't that just dreamy? I could make bright pretty flowers all day!


I then organised my buttons, so that each flower would have a button of contrasting colour.


I cheated a little here...
I threaded my buttons with the matching colour of yarn to the flower I was going to place it on. Then instead of sewing the buttons onto the flowers, I used my hot glue gun to attach them. 



Final I placed a blob of glue onto the back of each flower....


and attached the flowers to the skeleton of my ikea lamp.





TAAAAA-DAAAAH! I'm awfully happy with the outcome!
Bright and bold and it just ooooozes Spring time, rather lovely for these grey Autumn days.

It hangs beautifully in the bedroom! Very over the top, but original and one of a kind! It makes me 
rather giddy looking at how very extravagant it is!


At night the flowers glow warm and delicate. Magical flower shadows are cast upon the walls.



I'm rather smitten with this crochet makeover.

It's the simple things in life......

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92 comments:

  1. Wow, I'm stunning. What a great idea. It is so beautiful.

    Lisa

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  2. Magical Matt, the reflective glory of time well spent

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  3. What a brilliant effect! Very clever! X

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  4. That's lovely Matt! What a wonderful Ikea hack!

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  5. wawwwww!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  6. Hi Matt! What a brilliant idea and what great result!
    It looks totally fabulous! <3
    I always admired those ikea lamps, but yours is definitely a special one off! :)
    Thanks for sharing!
    Have a great week!
    Ingrid xx
    http://myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

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  7. Gorgeous Matt, I'm a beginner crochet, can I ask which stitches you used. You have inspired me

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  8. It looks fantastic. Well done.
    Anne xx

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  9. It's terrific ! I like it very very much ! It's a wonderfull idea !!

    How I like your interior, it is full of happiness... Thank you for sharing your creations with us !

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  10. It's absolutely gorgeous, Matt - perfect for a gloomy day like today in the UK. Thanks for sharing x

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  11. So CUTE! How creative. You should enter that in some kind of contest.

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  12. This is amazing! Have you posted it to the IKEA hackers blog? It would look great!AriadnefromGreece!

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  13. lovely, how clever you are.

    Barbara

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  14. Absolutely wonderful - looks amazing!! :)

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  15. Simply wonderful.. I love love all the bright and cheery colors.. wonderful job.. with love Janice

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  16. Olha isso!
    Que mágico, Matt!
    Maravilhoso!
    Você realmente é um grande artista. Parabéns!
    Obrigada por compartilhar os detalhes.

    Abraços,
    Fabiana.

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  17. Beautiful! IKEA should contact you and sell your work!

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  18. Waaau impresionante quedo preciosa .
    Besos .

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  19. Wow! Looks amazing! You did a wonderful job! I like it very much! :)

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  20. You SHOULD be smitten!!!! That is amazingly beautiful!!!

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  21. Really great......def one of a kind
    Karen x

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  22. Oh wow! Wonderful and inspirational.
    //Katarina

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  23. Fantastic !!!!! Which cotton did you use ? The colours are so vibrant 😀

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  24. Brilliant, what a great idea! :0) x

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  25. συγχαρητήρια !!!!!! conrgatulations,it's amazing !!!!!!!

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  26. Oh! That is so awesome!! Almost makes me want to master crochet. :)

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  27. Como siempre gran trabajo Matt, eres pura inspiración.
    Besos
    Olivia ♥

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  28. I am in love with this! What a great idea!

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  29. your idea is so amazing and I like very much the shadow they makes when it's the night !! You are a genius : you need to contact ikea to sell it
    Kisses

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  30. Wow, I love it. Such a great idea!!!

    Groetjes, Monique

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  31. Holy cats, that is AWESOME! Thanks for sharing!

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  32. I LOVE IT! (PS please can I have one too?!) x

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  33. This is Happy Lamp. I am so in Love :)
    Sublime job Matt.

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  34. Very cool Matt, a brilliant idea! Fantastic photos too! sam xx

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  35. Epitome of patience Matt.... hats off to you.. How many by count? Wonderful... Bright n lovely... Congrats

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  36. Beautiful! Love the shadows it makes :)

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  37. Hi, this is my first comment here but I just had to say: What a clever idea! I understand you are over the moon! I loooove the flower shades cast on the wall. And again it just shows how a little crochet can brighten your day! Enjoy your week and your new lamp! Anna

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  38. It is absolutely gorgeous. I have just discovered your blog and it is just beautiful. Thank you for taking the time to share your creations and tips. It is greatly appreciated.

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  39. That's a cool happy lamp hanging on your ceiling! Great idea!!

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  40. That is the best crochet project I have EVER seen! Love It!!!!

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  41. Oh my lord, I'm In love with this lamp, what an awesome idea! :)

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  42. I LOVE THIS!!! Well done - fabulous creativity!

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  43. OMG! I love it! It looks like the flowers are floating in an orb in daytime. Hm, maybe something to make for my little girl's room?

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  44. Outstanding! So lovely... really.

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  45. wow. what a wonderfull idea. when I started reading your post I thought you would add the flowers to the white things on the lamp. but I think this works even better.

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  46. Absolutely LOOOOOOOVVVVEE it!!!!! You are truly a genius!!!!!! The best recycled project of the year!!!!!!!!!! Love the shadows at night!!!!!!!!! Have a fab week!!!!
    Love
    AMarie
    xxx

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  47. That is SUCH an amazing idea! The temptation to go to IKEA now...

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  48. WOW, I love it, I want one, lol

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  49. Oh my. I'm in love. You are always so imaginative!!! xx

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  50. I love it!!!!! It's so beautiful!!!!! :D

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  51. I love it!!!! It's so beautiful!!!! I'm starting follow your blog beacuse of it!!! :D :D

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  52. Thank you so much for this hack! It is lovely! Might I trouble you for the flower pattern and the brand and size of the rings?

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  53. amazing!!!! such a beautiful idea!!!!!

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  54. What a marvellous creation!!!

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  55. That's awesome.

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  56. I particularly love the shadow flowers all over the room.

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  57. Donna from Arizona, USA17 October 2014 at 09:35

    You are so VERY CREATIVE!! I love your lamp! You could open your own "one of a kind"imporium and become famous and rich! But then we, your readers would miss you, so dont do that. Hee! Your blog is my very favorite, even though I am a knitter. It's so fun to anticipate your next creation. Hugs!

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  58. Wow! What a bright idea! Very very nice!

    Anna

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  59. You are just too clever for words. That makeover is beautiful and so colorful. Thanks for sharing your spectacular project with us.

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  60. Hi Matt, wow wow wow ... what So awesome for a terrific idea .. .. I am a big fan! Could you tell us how you made the crochet flower ...? How many stitches in the ring? And how do you do that single petal ...? That would be super nice of you ... But your idea is really incredibly great ...

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  61. Jane from Alberta, Canada18 October 2014 at 23:04

    OMG...your idea of the flowers is amazing, to say the least. I could not get to the store fast enough to buy some plastic circles (I used garden washers) and now i am so excited to try these out. Thanks for sharing. I just found your blog and I must say.....it is my favorite.

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  62. It's beautiful, what a great idea.

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  63. I so love the flower shadows ....Lovely Idea!

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  64. You are so amazing so creative completely in awe you!!

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  65. The result is just lovely, but coming up with an idea like that is just brilliant! Well done!

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  66. Wow! Absolutely fantastic! Great job! I love it!

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  67. What a fun and clever idea, isn't fun when a bright beautiful idea just pos out of your head and the product is just what you wanted ? Just fantastic.

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  68. What a fun lamp, such a good idea Matt!

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  69. I'm little late to the party here, but I just have to say that is the best makeover of that lamp I've ever seen!

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  70. Just stumbled across your gorgeous light! Awesome! I think some Velcro attached to the lamp ("stems") would be great, then you could switch out the flowers quickly and do themes,say for the seasons...

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  71. I love this! I simply have to make it for my kids room :). Thank you for the idea!

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  72. This is amazing! I would have never thought of this. I really love everything about your blog! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  73. Hi Matt! Hoe did you make the flowers?

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  74. This is just the coolest thing! I've been contemplating how to renew my Maskros-lamp, and this was certainly a great idea. I have the large version though. 160 flowers in total...

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  75. What a hard and lovely work! I love your lamp's look. It's very pretty.

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  76. What size button did you use?

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