10/11/2010

And, I'm Spent.


 Finally, it's finished and up.  All I can say is....it's huuuuuuuuuge.   H.U.G.E.  I'm trying to decide if this is going to be it's permanent home, or maybe the bedroom (my upcoming project.)  This is what I do, I change my mind.  I drive myself crazy, but, you know, what'rya gonna do.  It's growing on me in the dining room though, so for right now, this is where it will stay. 







I got a question about how I attach the coffee filters to the paper lantern.  So, I thought a picture is worth a thousand words.  I'm not much for crumpling, just close placement.  Hope that helps.

*UPDATE* - There are several people that feel they were the inventor of this lantern, I freely say (as I have always said) that I am not one of them.  I saw Kara Paslay's (who claims it was entirely her idea) version, and tweaked it to make it my own.  There is also another person that apparently felt she invented it back in 2009 and wants credit.  Her name is Aimee Cavenecia.   The funny thing is, I'm the one that made this one.  Everyone else feels the need to get their name in there somewhere just because it was so popular, however, I initially credited who I needed to, and then the project became mine.  But, I digress.  I guess what it comes down to is....if you would like to credit someone with the "invention" of this lantern.  Pick one (not me.)  BUT, if you would like to use the pictures that I took of my lantern in my home.  You need to credit me and link back.  Thanks so much!!!

56 comments:

courtneyoutloud said...

Wow. It looks A-MAZ-ING! Honestly, it is crazy beautiful...reminds me of almost a full moon floating. and thanks for the little DIY tutorial.....

mydesignchic said...

How fantastic...and loved seeing how you did it!!

Danielle Oakey Interiors said...

amazing, i love the whole room! very inspiring.

Anonymous said...

Love to see a picture with the light turned on.

Kim at Yellow Brick Home said...

Aaand... I'm in love.

Well done!

bluehydrangea said...

Are you kidding me? This is so amazing!! I found you through Full House and just had to come check out your blog..love it. I am off to read more!

Inspire my house pretty said...

I am in love with this idea, your home looks amazing x

sarah, flourish design + style said...

Well that is the coolest light EVER. xx

Mrs. Limestone said...

Absolutely AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING!! I love how huge it is. go big or go home.

Jen of Made By Girl said...

Nichole you rock....I saw someone else do this on a much SMALLER scale online...I thought about trying it but instead opted for the DIY pendant currently hanging in my foyer.... :)) Looks lovely great job!! :))))

Jacquetta & Shaneequa said...

LOVES IT!!!!

Where did you find such a large lantern?!

Tia Brumbelow said...

This is beyond awesome!!

sunday collector said...

Brilliant! Lovely to have found your gorgeous blog.

jennifer said...

is there a full set of instructions for this diy? is the ball.. still.. inside? :) looks pretty amazing!

jennifer
www.mylittleadventures.wordpress.com

Jackelyn Foley said...

Hi! What type of glue did you use? I just wanted to make sure I used the right kind since the paper heats up - Thanks!

gigiofca said...

I'm also curious about instructions. TIA :-)

Modern Country Lady said...

RESPECT!! What a lot of work and what a result.

carolina postcard said...

well all I can say is wow! looks like quite a project, but it's way cool.

Tammy@InStitches said...

Love it. I heard about it, so glad I stumbled upon it to see it myself !

Cassie {Hi Sugarplum!} said...

that is stunning!!!! i think my daughter's new room needs one!!!

so thrilled to have found your blog and can't wait to check out more projects!

xo, cassie

shminta said...

this project definitely requires the accompaniment of a few seasons of SOMETHING on DVD (how many hours would you say that it took you?)....can't wait to try it myself for my bedroom! thanks for the inspiration!

kelly said...

that is unbelievable! your dining room is really cool!!!

Andrea said...

I think it has a rather planetary look.

MyKidsMake said...

oh. my. goodness. i love it!!!

Tracey said...

I finished a 14" wreath today, which only took 160 filters and I thought I would die. I am so impressed!

Stephanie said...

CONGRATULATIONS! What a HUGE accomplishment! {pun intended}

I know it must have felt like a million years to finish it. I am so inspired to do this myself one day - maybe for a nursery? and smaller - I don't think I have the patience!

It looks GORGEOUS and so does your dining room! Kuddos =)

Kara said...

Okay, I absolutely fell in love with this project and knew I just had to have one for my bedroom. After hours and hours...and even a few burn marks from the hot glue...I am finally done! I love it! The only problem is, it is really heavy! I feel like it somehow needs to be reinforced before hanging it, or the weight may eventually tear the thin rice paper and break the small reinforcement that is there. Any suggestions? Did you have any problem with the weight after gluing over 2,000 coffee filters on this bad boy? Any suggestions would help. And thanks again for the fabulous project. Now...just to get it hung.

j* said...

It's really incredible. I've started my own, I'm afraid to look away from your photo for fear mine will come out horribly wrong. Having trouble keeping them all really even tho. Please tell me you had to do some trimming at the end? lol

Nichole @ Parlour said...

Kara-

So, yeah, although it's just paper it does end up being a little on the heavy side. We used a large molly to reinforce the hook in the ceiling. It seems to be working well. Hope that helps!

j* said...

Finis. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jendavid1000/5326389204/

And I absolutely love it, thanks so very much for sharing it on your blog.

april's craft nest said...

i totally adore this! i just finished up my coffee filter heart and it took severla evenings--i can't imagine doing something as HUGE and WONDERFUL as your poof! LOVE IT! cone check out my heart :)

Anonymous said...

That is simply gorgeous! I cannot wait to try this myself. I was going to try a similar style with white feathers, but that would be a budget buster. This is just as lovely & can be done so frugally. Mt other thought was to take a big children's toy ball & use it to make a form (using white gauze dipped in glue- kind of paper mache like). I think something like that might stand the test of time a bit longer.

FYI - for those looking for these lanterns, Cost Plus/World Market sells them.

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

Just wanted to let you know that I featured your beautiful light fixture in my most recent post on great ideas using coffee filters! It is absolutely amazing and I love it!

Michelle of Oh, Elle! said...

You made this look so easy, I thought I could do. Mine is nowhere near as amazing as yours, but I can't give up on it yet, it's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen!
You are amazingly talented!

Nichole @ Parlour said...

Michelle-

awwww, honey. Don't worry, this project tends to hold you hostage against your will. Believe me, eight hours in and I was only 1/3 of the way done. I wanted to scrap it, but, I'd already come all that way, and I'm too stubborn (stupid) to stop. Here are the true keys (for me anyway) 1. Keep the bottom flat so the glue can adhere to the filter evenly (will guard against uneven filters that will stick out.) 2. You must place them super close together. I even put some inside of others. If there is a space there should be a filter. Therefore it starts resembling ruffles. SUPER close. Of course that's how it took me 1200 filters, but, you know. I'm so glad you tried it...it doesn't look too far gone...but, I'm not sure you are willing to lose anymore of your life to coffee filters. Good luck!

butterscotch said...

YOU ARE AMAZING!!!
Rarely do I come across a design/er
that makes me as excited as I have gotten looking at the design things that you have done.You inspire me and I am now looking at what else I can do in my black/white w/green&turqouise accented living room.
In your kitchen would you mind telling me if that is black/white wall paper or peel-off stickies on your accent wall and did you free hand paint the black/white cabinet doors or did you use stencils? I would love to see more of anything that you do and plan to explore the rest of your blog.
Thank You for being the inspiration that you are.
Your home is brilliant and beautiful!

Nichole @ Parlour said...

Butterscotch-

Awww, thank you sooo much for all the kind words! Well, I haven't used stencils anywhere before...it's all been freehand. Let me know if you have any more q's. Thanks again!

N

ARTE EN TUS MANOS said...

Me encanta la idea, gracias por compartir
Un saludo
Azucena

Maja said...

wooooowww.... nice :)

Anonymous said...

how do you change a burnt out bulb?

Anonymous said...

I so love this idea and want to try it myself. My concern is how to light it. How did you do it? Did you use a regular light bulb?

Joyce de Jong said...

Absolutely love it, and have started to make my own. Nearly there now, but getting slightly worried. I stuck the filters super close together, as was instructed. Now I'm wondering, will any light get through???

kayla said...

Hi, I am wondering what size paper lantern you used? Thanks....love this!

tbowenarrow said...

Just curious....how exactly do you go about cleaning this? I'm OCD about dust and I have no idea how to clean something so fragile!

Anika Louise of Dogs Dishes and Decor said...

I found your blog via Pinterest, and I love the blog. I made three (smaller) versions of this lamp and plan to write about it soon, giving you credit, of course.

I have nominated you for the Illuminating Blogger Award. You can get more information about the award here: http://foodstoriesblog.com/illuminating-blogger-award/

Lilly said...

Your lantern if by far the best looking. I went to the other site of the "inventors" and they're no where near as amazing as yours. Oh and your home is crazy gorgeous.

Lilly said...

Your lantern is by far the best. I went to the site of the other two "inventors" and theirs doesn't shine a light to yours. Oh and your home is crazy gorgeous.

Casey said...

Hi there!

I know I'm about 2 years late on responding to your post, but I love this lamp!

I'm actually making my own and have been for, oh, a year...off and on. :) I'll find myself on a roll and then get terribly frustrated and hide it in a corner for a couple months before going back at it!

I'm about 1200 filters in, and I just had a question for you. I know you mentioned the lamp getting heavy, but did you have issues with the interior metal extender starting to bend with the weight? I'm a little frightened of what might happen to all my hard work if it comes crashing down...

Blu said...

Nichole - QUESTION! What pendant light kit did you use? I noticed it's a turquoise color, and I am avidly searching for a kit that has this color for my baby's nursery. Would love to get it all done before she ariives! Can you let us know? Thanks and fantastic job with this!!!

Blu said...

Nichole - QUESTION! What pendant kit did you use to hang your lantern? I noticed it's turquoise, and this is the exact color I'm looking for for my baby's nursery. I'd like to finish this project before she arrives! Could you let us know? Thanks and what a fantastic job on the lantern!!!

Mike said...

I love the blue tree painting you have in your room. It's very pretty.

Valarie Edwards said...

Amazing room! I am here looking at fabric to decoupage furniture but fell in love with your entire site. I intend to copy several of the things you've done and will fully credit you with the inspiration.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Nicole, but can you die the filters before applying them and still have to rigged look?

Maritn jonson said...

You idea about lanterns is awesome !! you are really a Genius.

sara jensen said...

I want to make one of these for my sister's wedding! I love your whole house too!!!

GrayNation said...

Ridiculous that someone needs "credit" for this. A variation of this has been floating around books, magazines, and journals since the 50's and I've seen a million of them since the internet became huge. So go on with your bad self because I can guarantee not a one of those people "invented" this design.

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