One of the only science courses I took in college was geology. My degree (a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Philosophy) didn’t require many science courses, and I am pretty sure I took geology for only two reasons. First, it fit into my schedule (if I’m being honest, this was probably the main driving force behind the decision). Second, I think I was envisioning lessons that revolved around crystals and ‘pretty rocks.’ I’ve always loved pretty rocks. Ha! So I’m glad the internet has decided in the past few years that crystals are cool again because I LOVE this trend.
Beyond my limited geological knowledge, this post is actually about a super easy DIY project I recently made. For this project, I am working with Canon USA. I used my PIXMA TS8120 to print my designs on vinyl and I love how gorgeous and saturated the color is. No Photoshop trickery here—it’s an awesome home printer for both color and black and white. I use this printer for a lot of different things, from printing out a few vacation photos for my albums (printing Disneyland pics this weekend!), to scanning documents for work. But most of all, I love the ease of having a great home printer so I can make little projects like this on a whim if I want. I don’t want to wait for something to come in the mail, or go somewhere and pick up my prints. I’m going to show you how I made the vinyl decals for this lamp later in this post, but here’s one spoiler: I made AND printed this all from my phone. How easy is that!?
As you can see, I added vinyl decals to both the inside and outside of this glass lamp base. I’ll share a few photos of the lamp in my office at the end of this post, but you’ll see that I also display a few crystals inside the lamp. I see empty glass lamps like this pretty often, so you can probably find one easily (mine is from Home Goods, in case you are curious). But you could also easily add vinyl decals to any glass or ceramic lamp, it doesn’t have to be clear or empty inside like this one. I really love printing on vinyl for certain projects, not only because the end result looks sleek and professional, but also because you can easily remove it later without worrying about sticky residue like you might with other types of stickers. I don’t really plan to remove these anytime soon, but I might someday if I want to change up the style of this lamp and use in a different spot in my home.
Also, if you like printed vinyl projects as much as me, you should totally check out this DIY Dress Your Tech post and also this DIY Shower Curtain project I shared a while ago. The shower curtain I still have in our guest bathroom and it’s holding up really well!
-inkjet printer, mine is the PIXMA TS8120
-inkjet vinyl paper
-glass or ceramic lamp
Step One: Think about what design you want to create on your lamp. You could print just about anything—photos, scanned versions of your own paintings, artwork you create in Illustrator or other design programs, etc. I think photos would actually be really cute, but I was wanting something with crystals and a bit more of an illustrated look. But the only problem is I am not a great illustrator (also my handwriting is TERRIBLE).
So, I used a few of the crystal ‘stickers’ from the Spirit pack in our app, A Design Kit. I just used a blank background and added the stickers, resizing if I wanted different sizes (which I did). This was SO easy and a great option for me since I’m not much of an illustrator. You could also use the app to create text designs, like a quote or motivational phrase (that sounds cheesy, but you know what I mean, right?).
Print your design(s) to vinyl. I did this from my phone but you could also print from your computer, depending on what’s easiest.
Step Three: Cut out the vinyl decals and add to your lamp. The end! I told you this project is easy.
Here’s the final lamp sitting on my desk, right by my computer. I love how it turned out! Thanks for letting me share. xo. Emma
Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with the ACS Desktop actions.