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Cute wall lights to your nursery room or shop
These wall lights are very easy to make, just takes a few hours and no expensive or special materials are needed. these were designed by myself, so you can use the design , with no problem.
Wood (obeche wood with 3 mm width maximum)
Thin paper card
Kitchen paper towel
Fine sand paper
Sharp craft knife or x-acto
Acrylic paints (colours of your choice)
Embroidery thread (white or brown…or as you wish)
Electric bulb with wire and plug
Tail about 7.5 cm (about 0.5 cm with be to glue the tail to the back
of the kite
Number of tiny bows: 7-9
Tiny bows: about 1.2X 0.5
Draw a cross with 2.6 X 4.0 cm in the thin card and complete the drawing creating a lozenge (also called diamond), this is your template. Use it to cut it in the wood. Keep the template! you are going to need it for the back side of the kite (see photos).
Sand carefully. Draw a cross in the front as you see in the picture. With the help of the x-acto or a craft-knife, use the lines to make the two grooves.
Now if you want give a fine coat of filler and sand again, in order to have a nice smooth surface, maintaining the grooves!!!!!!!!!
In the back make also 4 little grooves as explained in the picture, they will be use to glue in place the tiny pieces of wood and the kite tail.
Paint the kite with colours of your choice. I painted with to tones of the same colours and I like very much the effect. After drying with a soft cloth polish the surface gently, this will allow you to get a beautiful finish.
Making the tail: paint a piece of the towel kitchen paper with dilute acrylic paint, the stronger one you have used in the kite. Let it dry. Separate the double paper layer, just use one to cut little rectangles (average length 1.2X 0.5 cm).
With the help of a tweezers hold the, the rectangle in the middle, press in order to obtain the little bow. Just like this, glue it on a piece of white embroidery thread. Make 7-9 bows like this.
Now it is time to glue the tail and the ends on the back of the kite, on those little groves you have done. Everything is in place? Wait to dry; now you can glue the card template, to have a nice back.
Cut a cube (more or less) of wood, and open in the centre a tiny hole, just large enough to pass the electric wire with the lamp attached. You can put a drop of glue to maintain it in place. Complete with the connection of the plug (remember that if you want to hide the wire, you must make the hole in the wall first, put the wire trough it, and then connect the plug (see photo of the toy shop, yellow kite), and voilá you just need to fix your kite to the wall………
Tip – if you are one of those that don’t have much time to spend on making miniatures, but still love to do your own one, just make the kite in thick card (about 3 mm thick), decoration can be made with paper, painting or even with real fabric, maybe matching the nursery room, make the tail as described and, glue the bulb in place.
The little one painted in yellow is a “circle with about 2.0 X 0.8 cm
Pay attention to the photos to see the part where the thread is tightened as if it was use to hold the balloon…