Personalizing a ceiling light fixture with felt balls

While I was pregnant with our second daughter, we gave ourselves a very small budget to put her room together. We didn’t know if we were having a boy or girl (kept both a surprise) so it had to be neutral, which I love anyway.

One of the first things the room needed once the colour scheme was decided was a ceiling light fixture. While shopping at a big box store, we came across a really elegant yet innexpensive option. As soon as I saw the plain fabric drum, my mind was racing with ideas to embellish it.

In the end, I chose tiny felt balls in different colours that complimented the scheme I had going. I found this amazing Etsy shop, Honey Canada that let me narrow down the colours to just the ones I wanted. In fact, it was easier to tell Yuki, the shop owner, which colours I didn’t want. Shipping was fast and as soon as I received my order, I got to work.

ceiling light fixture embellished with felt balls

What you need:

  1. Inexpensive fabric-covered light drum (or lamp shade)
  2. Felt balls
  3. Glue gun

How to:

  1. Line up the tiny felt balls you will use in the order you want. This is helpful to avoid accidentally placing two of the same colour side-by-side. I don’t know about you, but when I work with a glue gun, I tend to work much faster than I normally do, or should.
  2. Place the drum on a flat surface.
  3. Working in small sections at a time, apply hot glue along the bottom of the drum. One way to know that your felt balls will be even, is to use the flat surface as your guide: Place the ball against the surface and bring it closer to the drum until there’s contact.
  4. Continue until the entire circumference is done. The whole process took me 15 minutes.
  5. Let the glue cool completely before picking it up.
  6. Hang and admire your work :)

This is what my daughter sees from her crib. I love it!Customized ceiling light drum shade with felt balls

Is it time to remove that no junk mail sticker from the mailbox?

It is said that you can cut your grocery bill by over half, just by redeeming discount coupons and checking the weekly flyers. That reason alone should be enough to get anyone to open-up that weekly specials bag that’s delivered to our doors, no? Well, I believe in this figure. I haven’t hit that percentage yet, but in this household, we do love the feeling of presenting coupons at the checkout. We feel zero embarrassment, or shame in doing so. Nope. We actually feel really smart and savvy. Although the flyers in the bags don’t contain nearly as many coupons as the weekend newspapers do, we do sit down and go though them to find the best deals for the things we need and it’s mainly food. There are a few supermarkets in our area and so going to 2 or 3 to get the best deals is sometimes simply a matter of walking across a parking lot.

Daddy and daughter looking through the PubliSac

The bag contains flyers for more than just supermarket specials, obviously. These come in handy when shopping for the girls, home, or for gifts. I’d normally add “for myself” too, but I haven’t gone for some good ol’ retail therapy in a long, long time. To be perfectly honest, I only started doing some hardcore bargain hunting since we had kids. We had to. Every penny counts. They counted before too, but I guess I just wasn’t as conscientious about where my money went as I am today (the upside to this new reality). It was kind of weird at first but now, it’s a full-blown habit. And because it is so worth doing, it’s become something fun to do while sipping a coffee or sitting on the living room floor with the girls playing around us. The idea is not to make you spend more money, but to stretch every dollar.

Another reason why I look forward to getting my weekly bag of goodies is because of the paper. We always need newsprint paper for crafts! So much of the paper gets reused at least once before we put it in the recycling bin. I just wish that everyone would systematically recycle and that the printers would always use recycled paper or make sure that their end-products were recyclable. My dream would be that they would use soy-based ink on recycled paper so I could compost the paper… THAT would be awesome as we always need “dry” materials in our compost bin, especially in the middle of summer…

What about you? Do you find yourself spending more time looking over your weekly flyer-bag? Do you still have a “no junk mail” sticker on your mailbox?

Don’t forget your reusable shopping bags when you go out!