Get Crafty with a Cocktail

Weekend Diversions: a scalloped shade, and a perfumed tipple

Get crafty with a DIY project for the weekend at The Unexpected ChicHappy Friday everyone! This is the new name for my weekend report, where I feature a DIY project to make something cool for your home, as well as a delicious cocktail recipe to sip on whilst you work!

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I’ve been absolutely in love with scallops lately, meaning the pattern or texture, not the seafood! Scallops are so pretty and whimsical, yet restrained and elegant. So I was pretty excited to find this easy DIY lampshade project with a gorgeous result! Thanks to Kreyv for the images and instructions!

Lampshade project from Kreyv on The Unexpected Chic

{source: tocrave.blogspot.com}

Start by choosing about a half-yard of fabric of your choice (thinner works better so the layers don’t get too thick!) and cutting it into equal-sized circles. The circles shown are a bit less than an inch in diameter. The cutting will be a bit monotonous, but a cocktail (see below!) will help ease the pain! It gets much easier from here on in.

Lampshade project from Kreyv on The Unexpected Chic

{source tocrave.blogspot.com}

1. Start with your lampshade, free of dust! Have your circles, a glue gun, some hot glue sticks, and some scissors! Alternatively you could use spray adhesive if your fabric is smooth enough.

2. Cut enough circles in half to make half-circles to go around the base of the shade. Glue these all the way around putting them close together so you cover all of the original colour of the shade.

3. Now do a row of full circles, lining up the bottoms of the circles with the bottom of the shade, with the half-circles filling in the gaps. Only glue the tops of the circles to give a bit of a fluffy look.

4. Repeat step 3 at the top of the shade.

5. Then work your way all the way up with rows of circles, keeping them close to cover all of the surface.

6. Cut two strips of fabric about 1.5 inches wide. These will be used to cover the top and bottom edges of the shade. Fold down half an inch and iron it so that it is well creased.

7. Put some glue in the bit that’s folded over, and attach it to the inside of the lamp shade, pulling it tight and flat all the way around. Then glue the outside part to the outside of the shade. Voila!

And to accompany your efforts, how about a delicious cold elderflower cocktail. Elderflower is another one of my favourite things lately! It is kind of like the reason I like the scallop pattern – delicate yet unique!

Thanks to this source for the recipe. This is like a bit of a DIY as well – it takes some effort! But it’s a pretty special thing to make your own elderflower cordial. (If you don’t have the time, you can cheat and buy some from the super, I won’t tell!)

{source uktv.co.uk}

For the elderflower cordial

  • 30 heads of elderflower
  • 3 unwaxed lemons
  • 1 kg caster sugar
  • 2 litres water
  • 2 tsp citric acid, (see note below)

For the cocktail

  • 60 ml white rum, per serving
  • fresh mint

1. For the elderflower cordial: gently rinse the elderflowers then put them in a large bowl. Grate the lemon zest over the flowers then slice the lemons and add them to the bowl.

2. Put the caster sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to the boil, stirring to make sure the sugar dissolves. Once it has come to the boil take off the heat and allow to cool.

3. Pour the sugar syrup over the elderflowers and stir in the citric acid (if using). Cover with a cloth and leave to infuse in the fridge for 24 hours.

4. Strain the cordial through a muslin cloth and into glass bottles.

5. For the cocktail: pour 60ml of white rum and 60ml of elderflower cordial into a glass. Add a couple of ice cubes, a sprig of mint and top up with cold water.

Enjoy your weekend! Especially if it’s your last before back-to-school! Tune in next week for some school-related tips and ideas to get you and your interiors tip top organized!

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