Christmas Lamp Challenge with Lamps Plus & Hometalk

I know.  I know.

I can hear you already…

“Surely you aren’t going to talk about Christmas!!”  

Well, actually, I am.  (Honestly, it’s a little weird for me too, especially since it’s 100 degrees outside!)

You see, I entered and was actually selected to participate in a holiday design challenge being sponsored by Lamps Plus and Hometalk.  Basically, they chose thirty bloggers to participate and they picked me!!  

I am still in shock!

A few weeks ago I received my Fillable Clear Glass Ovo Lamp from Lamps Plus with the instructions to decorate the lamp for the December holidays.

That’s it.  The sky’s the limit!

Christmas Fillable Lamp Design

Well, I realize there are a few holidays in December, but Christmas is the one we celebrate here, so I knew that would be my focus.

Every year I use my entryway buffet as a place to showcase my photos of the kids with Santa from the previous years.  I immediately thought of  the poem, “Twas The Night Before Christmas” and knew what I wanted to do!  I love the part in the poem where it reads, “While visions of sugar plums danced in their heads…”

So, my first thought was to fill the lamp with candy.  Peppermint candies.  

Then I thought about the my two sweet-toothed-kids who would have me constantly unscrewing the bottom of our lamp so they could get to the candy.

Not going to happen friends.

So, I headed to Hobby Lobby to look for something that resembled candy.

Did you know Hobby Lobby already has all of their Christmas decorations out?  I mean, like the whole shebang… trees, ornaments, wrapping paper… it’s all out and ready for you!  You know, in case you’re feeling in the Christmas spirit… in August… when it’s sweltering outside.  

So maybe my kids laughed when they saw the Christmas trees out, stared at all the aisles of ornaments, and started making their Christmas lists in the store, but I am thankful they had it out already because I got some great things for my lamp.

Christmas Fillable Lamp Design


Burlap Ribbon

Deco Mesh Ribbon

Sugar Candy Arrangement

Two boxes of Shatter Proof Ornaments

Black Cardstock

This lamp is super easy to work with.  The first thing I did was unscrew the bolt at the bottom of the base.

Christmas Fillable Lamp Design

Once the bolt was unscrewed, I could easily remove the entire base from the lamp.

Christmas Fillable Lamp Design

Time to fill the lamp!

Since I couldn’t use peppermint candies, I chose shatter proof ornaments that somewhat resembled candy.

Christmas Fillable Lamp Design

Next, I wrapped the Deco Mesh Ribbon around the center of the lamp shade.

Christmas Fillable Lamp Design

I wanted the lamp to tie in with my photos of the boys, so using my Silhouette machine, I cut out the letters to spell, “While visions of sugar plums danced in their heads…”

Since I LOVE burlap, and it is used several times in my Christmas decorating, I wanted to be sure it was used on my lamp somewhere as well.  So, I pulled out some burlap ribbon and hot glued the letters on. 

Christmas Fillable Lamp Design


Once my burlap ribbon was done, I wrapped it around the Deco Mesh Ribbon, making sure it was centered.

I then added some little “candies” around the outside of the ribbon.

Christmas Fillable Lamp Design


Finally, I tied a ribbon around the neck of the lamp.

Christmas Fillable Lamp Design


Here it is all completed…

Christmas Fillable Lamp Design


Of course, I just had to see it all put together, so I had to go up into the attic, wrestle with the scorpions.. eek!.. and find the decorations for my buffet.  

Seriously… you’d think I’d remember to grab some tissues before I pull out these old pictures of my kids…

Christmas Fillable Lamp Design



Christmas Fillable Lamp Design


Of course, now they are all old and don’t like to sit on Santa’s lamp anymore.  

Christmas Fillable Lamp Design


But, I’m sure they still have “…visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads” on Christmas Eve.  

Christmas Fillable Lamp Design

OK, so maybe it’s an X-box, or a video game, but I can always imagine right?

After all, it’s only 118 more days until Christmas, but who’s counting??

Merry Christmas… and Much Love,




My name is Claire and I am behind the blog... The Rustic Pig. I am a wife, a mother to 2 boys, and I just might be addicted to Craigslist. I love to buy antiques, paint them, and give them a chance to be loved again! Please feel free to pull up a chair and stay for a while. If you ask a question or leave a comment, I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible!


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  1. So cute, Claire!
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  2. Cute idea. It is fun to dream of Christmas even when it is so hot outside. I have been working on projects for a while now.
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  3. Claire-That is so cute! I just love it and, for once, I don’t mind looking at Christmas stuff-just cuz it’s cute and cuz it’s you! xo Diana
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  4. Very cute, Claire! Gosh it’s hard to get in the spirit when it’s 100 degrees outside but I’m so ready for fall and the holidays!! ~~Angela
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  5. LOVE IT!!! I really think what you did with the shade is perfect and the ornaments do remind me of candies. I am getting in the mood for the holidays!!!

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