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DIY Lamp | Home Decor Craft | Apostrophe S | Limelight

DIY Lamp | Home Decor Craft | Apostrophe S | Limelight


Hi, it’s Jill with Apostrophe S. Today I want
to show you how to make our newest kit Limelight. It’s this awesome lantern for the summer and
this is great. Okay, I’m showing you the picture because the lantern itself is pretty large,
but you can see here how darling this is and it’s really fun to make. So I’ll show it to
you. Okay, so first of all, here’s all of the stuff
that you need to make it. You’ve got some wax paper to keep your tabletop smooth, all
of the wood pieces, these vellum pieces that make the lantern window. You’ve got glue,
paint, some masking tape, the actual light and a sponge to do the painting with. Okay and then what you’re going to need from
home is we suggest that you have a couple of heavy books to help press stuff down for
the gluing, and then a wet rag, or actually a damp rag, not too wet, and then a cup of
water, again, to help with the painting. So one of the first things that I want to
show you is all of the pieces are labeled, just like we’ve done with our other wooden
kits. Okay, so the base part of this kit is all labeled with–the pieces all have an “a”
on them. Those are the lantern’s base. Then the part that’s illuminated, the middle, are
all labeled with “b”. And then the top part are all labeled with “c”. So let me show you
a little bit about what those pieces actually look like. I don’t know if you can see this,
but you can see the letters there. This is 2a bottom, 2a top. The top and the bottom,
the bottom shows that it goes in like this and this is the top edge. So the top is up
here. The bottom is down here and it just kind of helps you orient the piece. These
are just a couple of the pieces so that you can see how they’re all labeled, okay? Now the first thing to do with this kit is
that because of the lasering, the pieces have a little bit of burn look on them. Now some
people like the look of that and can do the white washing over it to kind of give it kind
of a funky rugged look. Others might want to get rid of that. So the only thing that
you need to do to get rid of that kind of burned look, is to just take your wet rag
and kind of rub those. Be careful of these spindles, because they’re, you know, so thin
and you don’t want to, you don’t want to break them. Now, obviously, you don’t want to, it’s
not going to totally come off, and I was going to say you don’t rub too hard on these as
I just said, but it kind of helps lighten it up a little bit. So you can see this is
a little cleaner than over on this side. So it’s something you can do if you want to do
that, is clean up your pieces. Okay? So, once you’ve got them all cleaned up, we’re
going to get the piece of the wax paper to protect your surface and then we’re going
to get one of the little plates and I’m going to get some of this white paint. Be careful.
And I’m just going to–it’s pretty thick paint– so, what I’m going to do is I’m going to get the
sponge and you’re going to put it in the water and you’re going to kind of…kind of, kind of get it wet and then
just get a little paint on it and go like that. Kind of wipe over where it’s labeled, so that
you can see those labels later; I didn’t do that before, and so when it came time for
me to put the thing together, it was a little hard at some points to see if I had the right
piece. So you just do that with all of the pieces
and whitewash them…. …so that they all look like this. You can
see that these are all whitewashed. Ok? And that’s how they look. If you want it more
paint-ish, you can have more paint and less water. If you want more of a whitewashed look,
then you can add more water–it just depends on what you want to do. Ok, the next part that I want to do before
I put the whole thing together is I want to adhere these sheets to these wooden side pieces.
Now this one says 1b–and again this is b because it’s the center; remember a was the
bottom and then b, and then c was the top. So I’m going to get the pieces–this is 1
bottom and this also says 1 bottom–and I’m going to take the glue–and you don’t want
to put too much on because these are so narrow you don’t want it to bleed through–so, what
I’m going to do is just put a little bit of glue… …in some of these areas–some of these
sections, like this–Ok?–and run it just really thinly along the edge. And basically, when you have it all glued
on, put it along the sides and all over, but then you set this up and then carefully line
these up, like this, Ok? And then to glue it, once you’re sure that the paint’s dry,
put this on it and wait for about 10 minutes, until it’s dry. Ok, then, it looks like this. So you can see
it’s all glued on and it looks like this. Ok? And you’re good to go. Ok, so let me show you how to put it together. I’m going to start with the base. The only
piece that’s not labeled is this one–well, this one and the very, very top piece. The
reason this is cut right here is because it’s going to be where your cord goes through,
right here. And you can see, maybe–it’s hard to show you, there’s a piece of tape to hold
that cord down, Ok? And you can see how the inside is and I’ll show you how to put this
together. Ok, so you want the white showing, so I”m
going to flip this over, like this, Ok? Then I’m going to get this piece, and I’m going
to look for the 1 at the bottom–this is 1a bottom, 2, 3, and 4, Ok? So I’m going to do
wrong sides together and, again, I’m going to do the glue, but I’m going to do it on
this side because this is the side that has the…these cut-outs for the pieces to fit
into. The whole thing will piece together, like a puzzle. Ok? And you might just want to do like dots–in
between there–so that it’s glued. Ok? Let me put that on there. Ok. As I flip it over, again this is 1a–I’m
going to have the 1s facing me. So I’m going to put 1 like this. Ok? And I’m going to glue that and I’m going
to set that down again, for about 10 minutes to let that totally dry. Ok? Now we’re going to pretend that it’s dry,
because I want to show you how to do this moving forward. See, if you don’t put the
book on, they come apart, so make sure that that book stays on there and really weights
it down–glues it down. Ok? The next part we’re going to do are these,
and again, I’m going to look for 1, because that’s the one that’s facing me. Now, I’m
not going to glue these, just for the purposes of showing you, but you’ll want to glue just
a little, teeny, thin bit of glue just on the bottoms, like that, and you’re going to
fit it into those grooves, like that. Ok? Then I’m going to take number 2–this one–and
again, the bottom and the top–and you want the white facing out–and you’re going to
go like this. Now, you might want to put a little bit–woops!–a little bit of glue right
here so that it glues on that edge as well as on the bottom. And you’re going to continue those all the
way around. And there’s number 4, Ok? You’ve got those
done. Now, this one says b–don’t want that one,
yet. I want a. So, I’m going to put the number
1–it’s really hard to read because I painted over it–but number 1 is facing towards me–and
I want the white upside down, so that it shows–see, the white–you can see it shows right along
there. So it needs to be white, and you want the edges to not show, so when we paint it,
we don’t want to paint the edges. Now these are a little tricky, but you just
kind of work with them… …until you glue it down. You put all those on… …and you’re all good to go. This one–this one was number 1, so I know
that I lay it like this. Then I glue it again. Find 1b, face it towards me, glue it down,
put the book, wait 10 minutes, and then remove the book. And now, I’ll start gluing the side pieces. So, you go like this…and then number 2 fits
in like this. Now, the sides–I’m going to move this because
it’s not glued. The sides–you’re going to take some of your tape–once it’s glued–and
you’re going to tape them so that it can dry, and you do it all the…you do it all the
way around so that all these pieces are all on with the tape around the sides to glue
it all together. Ok? When that step–and then you do just like
we did these panels with these, you do the same thing with the little panels that are
around the top, Ok? And you put those on and glue them, and then you put the top together
like this, just the way that we did the base. So, the side panels–these–will fit into these,
and then this will be the very, very top, and these will go in the top, and this will
fit on like this, and then your final piece will be like this, so that it will fit like
this. So that it’ll fit like this. And when the whole thing is glued and put
together, it’s really fabulous. The light you just take the light, pinch it, and slide
it into the hole at the bottom and release these, and then put the cord through the holes,
turn it on, and you’re ready to go. So, that’s all there is to it. Limelight. Apostrophe S. Make It Yours!

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