Do you have any shades with regular cord pulls?
Are they these plastic pulls that break?
After replacing cord pull after cord pull, I finally had enough.
All you need is a package of one-inch candle cups.
Paint them inside and out – two coats. I used Annie Slow Arles yellow. And then the real fun begins.
Since my shade fabric has cotton bolls on it, I thought it would be fun to mimic those.
Y’all know I’m not the artist. That’s PAM, not me. I rummaged through my Project Studio drawers for some helpful painting tools. I had no regular pencil eraser (my usual paint dotting tool), so I substituted this plastic thumb tack instead. Ha! Magical, right?
Even with unsteady hands, I was able to dot three little paint dabs in a triangle. I promise anyone can do this. Don’t stress over making this perfect. You can see mine isn’t, but that’s part of the fun and whimsy.
Holding top and bottom with finger and thumb, twirl the cup around to make a few more dot formations. Scatter the locations so they’re not all in a perfect row. Randomly scattered is best.
I love dots, so I touched the very tip of the thumb tack edge here and there for random tiny dots. Are you having fun yet?
Cut a short piece of dental floss. Hey – I said I used random stuff from my stash! Dental floss is my fancy shmancy gathering tool for ruffling, remember (Gathered Bed Skirt DIY)?
Dip the floss end into a bottle of green craft paint.
Drag the painted floss from the dot collections off to the edge.
With a tiny-point-art brush, connect any skipped areas and add little stems sticking out here and there. I know. This is where I need video rolling. I was so tempted to jump onto Periscope and show everyone what I was doing.
I hope to soon have the video thing figured out so I can show you stuff rather than using a thousand words and pictures to do it. Although, I hate being in front of a camera. I’ll have to get over my self-consciousness. You got any tips on that?
Anyway, to make leaves, I tried a new special tool from my drawer. This eraser is so short, it gives you lots of control.
I recommend dabbing a little of the paint off first before making a dark mark between the cotton bolls. Connect those to the stems for a base.
Again, DON’T go for perfection. It’s supposed to be fun, remember? Continue around your cord pull to dress out all the cotton bolls. Each one should look a little different.
See how imperfect my painting is? You can do this, too! Perfection ruins these whimsical little shade pulls. Please don’t ruin yours by making it too perfect!
Now for the not-so-fun part. Insert the shade cords through the top candle cup hole one a a time. My fourth one was snug, so a little shove with tweezers into the hole…and then a little pull through from the under side gets the job done.
Pull through until all the cords are smooth and the same length. Tie a knot, but don’t pull the cord tails all the way through. The loop helps secure everything better…and prettier. Snip the cord ends.
Slide your new cord pull down over the knot so it hides nicely inside the bell.
See? Wasn’t that fun? You’ll be happy to know you’ll never have to replace your cord pull again!
What motif does your shade fabric have? Would you like to mimic it or do something simple? Random dots – or just plain paint? ANYTHING is better than plastic, right?