Kill two birds with one stone. Work together to create something precious and functional out of your children’s art pieces. They will be thrilled to see their work on display in the home.
- Artwork on A4-paper (any thickness will do, but preferably not too thick so that light can shine through easily.)
- A4-size Plastic Acetate Sheet (You can buy this from art stores or use an old plastic folder.)
- Double-sided tape
- Wine Glass
- Tea light
- Print out the template of a lampshade directly on your child’s artwork. Cut out the lampshade according to a template. This one offered by Red Ted Art fits most wine glasses.
- Alternatively, prepare a template, and get your child to draw outlines on his artwork. Capture the part of a picture he likes. Having a template makes it easier to work on large drawings too!
- Let your child cut out the lampshade if he can use scissors safely. Supervise, if needed.
- Cut plastic acetate sheet according to the template.
- Get your child to glue the artwork on to the plastic acetate sheet. It can get messy, but he’ll enjoy it! The artwork should be facing up. And, the glue should be spread over the whole area beneath the artwork to prevent the parts from separating when in use.
- When dry, guide your child’s hands to bring the ends together to form the shape of a lampshade. Secure with double-sided tape.
- Place tea light in wine glass. Light it up, cover with lampshade.
When the occasion calls for it, place a tea light into a wine glass and cover with the lampshade you made together. Make lampshades to give away to grandparents as presents. These will be well treasured for sure!
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