Sunday, February 26, 2012

Ikea Design Inspiration

I enjoy occasional trips to Ikea - there is so much to see and I find lots of great items at very affordable prices.  I really appreciate the clever designs and it is always fun to find something that gives you an idea for your own craft projects.

I am also fascinated by the names that they give to each item.  Our house has lots of "Billy" bookcases.  Some of the names can be difficult to remember but I like the challenge!  It is interesting to see how many languages are included in the instructions that come with a product.

This candle lantern has 31 sets of instructions!

The etched glass has a simple eyelet type pattern.  I think it is lovely and it was only $2.99.  If you wanted to personalize this shade for an event, you could easily add gems to accent the pattern.

The design is very clever - the handle reaches down to the base and the glass shade rests neatly on the ring at the bottom.  I added the glass votive holder - you could also use a metal cup tealight.

I created this background for a scrapbook page in the Silhouette Studio software based on the shade design.  I'll try cutting it out next week. 

Remember - inspiration is everywhere!

I'll be flying home today - and then I think I'll be staying put, at least for a little while.  I hope you are having a great weekend.

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  1. Have a safe trip home. I love the candle holder and for $2.99 it's a steal. I need a gift and am thinking this would be great to make lots of flowers to put around the base. It looks like it would be safe since the candle is enclosed. Thanks for the idea.

  2. Such a pretty candle. I would think the handle would get too hot to touch while the candle is burning. Hope you've had a wonderful time.

  3. If the design cuts well in Silhouette Studio, would you try either CDS or Gypsy file? I'd really appreciate it.

  4. very cool reminds me one of SU embossing folders....would luv to know how it cut in the silhouette......
    when you get home its time to pull in the sidewalk and lock the door and kick up your and relax......

  5. What a great find Diane! I don't have an IKEA near by but I have seen some of their pieces and love them all. Great inspiration too, TFS, have a lovely afternoon,


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