I worked on this project for my Mum, she had bought a little pot of fake flowers to sit in her living room on one of the shelves but they were plain white with not much interest to them, and in her words “they look too fake…”. After having a chat with her about what she wanted I said I may be able to help and dutifully carried them home to work on.
I thought about the best way to add colour to the flowers without it looking too bright, Mum wanted something a bit natural looking, and as these were similar flowers to a hydrangea I decided that I would use colours similar to those of the hydrangea.
I chose to use some of my excess hair dye – Bleach London dye and some Superdrug own brand dye, as I had used it for my floor lamp and it had worked really well and I knew I could control the intensity of the colour by diluting the dye with water and conditioner.
Here’s the before and after pics
I didn’t take that many pics during the process as it was a bit messy…each flower needed to be dabbed with dye using a paintbrush and I ended up with the dye mix all over my hands. However, this was a really simple and easy upcycle project to undertake and Mum was really pleased with the outcome!
Here’s the rest of the pics I took…
I’ve had the same plain floor lamp for as long as I can remember and while I love the actual lamp itself I’ve not really been liking the shade. I bought the lamp from Ikea years ago (so long ago that they don’t sell it anymore!), it has a fold out hinge so you can move the light around without disturbing the stand which I find perfect for reading under in the evenings. The shade that came with it was cream and seemed to pick up dirt and dust really quickly and forever looked a bit grubby which I really didn’t like so I decided that I would make it into something that I did like. I have to issue an apology now because I don’t have any proper “before” pictures except for this one where you can see the lamp in the corner behind my chair…
The first thing I did was to wash and dry the shade after removing it from the stand. I scrubbed it off in the kitchen sink with dish soap and a scrubbing-brush which seemed to remove most of the dirt and dust. I left it overnight to dry off.
The next morning I decided that I was going to either paint it with acrylic paint or attempt to dye it. As I was running low on paints I figured I’d have a go at dying it. I had some leftover semi permanent hair colours in yellow, orange and pink shades so watered them down a bit. I then began applying the dye in bands around the shade with a paint brush.
I started with the yellow then worked my way down to orange before finishing with the pink. I left it to dry overnight again before rinsing off any residue in the sink. The colours blended together a bit and they faded down once rinsed and dried off again but I was happy with the outcome.
I then decided to add a beaded fringe so raided my bead collection for suitable beads
I decided to use small pony beads and finish the fringe off with small brass bells. I measured the circumference of the shade at its widest end, marked 1 inch sections and marked with a small pencil mark then, working from the inside rim, used a needle and thread to puncture a hole where I wanted the fringe to be. I added beads then a bell before passing the needle back through the beads and back through the hole I had made, then moved on to the next 1 inch mark before repeating. I worked this way, all around the rim before tying off and completing. Once finished I reattached the shade to the lamp.
What do you think of my handiwork? What other uses do you think hair dye has?