I don't know about you, but I often see home decor that I KNOW I can make myself for a fraction of what it costs to buy in the store. In fact, it is always my goal to keep the costs down.
A few months ago, my oldest daughter was looking through the PB Teen catalog with me and saw THIS light
|Photo from PB Teen|
It cost me about $6.00 dollars to make because I had most of the 'ingredients' to make one. It would probably cost about $10.00-$15.00 from scratch.
I simply took a decorator table top (like the one below) that I had from my college days and cut out the peace sign openings with a jig saw. I knew someday I was going to use that table top for something creative! Being a pack rat pays off sometimes!! :)
After I cut out the image, I sanded it down with a little sandpaper. I then primed and painted it. For an added bonus, I used chalkboard paint. I thought that would be fun for her and her friends! After the paint was dry, I flipped it over and added a picture hook for hanging and some battery operated LED Christmas lights. You could very easily use a lamp kit with a small night light type bulb or plug-in Christmas lights. I prefer this way because I'm not a fan of exposed cords, plus I was planning to hang it above my daughter's bed and felt like it could be a hazard. I'm paranoid like that! I let me daughter pick out the lights. She went for the multi- color lights. I, of course, would've used white lights. She's 8, so I totally get her decision! :)
This was a really cheap and easy project!
Here is the breakdown:
Table top: FREE
Paint: about $1.00
LED lights: $4.99
Labor: FREE :)
Total savings compared to PB teen: about $143.00
It is a little smaller than the PB model, but big enough for us!Enjoy!!
Thanks to my little sweetie for writing peace, love, craft!!