Garden Jar Lamp

By  Barbara Greve 

size: approx. 12" tall

  • Garden Jar Lamp


  • Recycled clear glass jar, 2-1/2” diameter, 4-1/2” tall
  • Zinc Jar Adapter (Shades4Fun.com)
  • Lamp shade with light bulb clamp, 5”x5”
  • Birds Wrapping Paper (Cavallini)
  • Mulberry paper scraps: yellow; pink; white
  • Sisal fiber filler
  • Plastic speckled egg, 1-1/2”x1-3/4”
  • Paper or silk butterfly, 2”x2-1/4”
  • Recycled dryer sheets, five
  • Tracing paper, 14”x17”
  • Americana Acrylic Paints (DecoArt): Peaches ‘n Cream; Neutral Grey; Forest Green; Baby Pink; Khaki Tan
  • Assorted scraps of fiber ribbon, eyelet trim, lace and off-white fringe
  • White gauze scraps
  • Beads: yellow and brown crystal seed, 17; yellow bugle, two; brown crystal e, three; white fresh water pearls, 5mm, two
  • Off-white button, 3/4”


  • Beading needle
  • Off-white sewing thread
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic gloves
  • Spray bottle
  • Small plastic mixing bowls
  • 1. To dye dryer sheets, lay out paper towels to absorb excess moisture. Mix one color paint in each bowl and add water until consistency is like cream. Dip sheet completely in bowl and spray with water over sink until it is as light as desired. (Note: Sheet will dry lighter.) Lay on paper towels until dry. Repeat with each color.
  • 2. Make a covering for shade from tracing paper. Lay shade on its side with bottom facing toward outside edge and top toward the center. Using a pencil, make marks starting at the seam on top and bottom of the shade. Rotate the shade completely around on the tracing paper, marking as you go, joining marks together to make two continuous parallel lines, on top and bottom of shade until shade is completely rotated back to starting seam. Continue marking, extending lines another 1/2". Draw a straight line from top to bottom of the covering on both sides and cut out covering.
  • 3. Fit covering around shade and use pencil to draw a line where covering overlaps. This is where shade will be sewn together after embellishing. Work with covering open until all dryer sheet panels are sewn on.
  • 4. Note: Measurements for panels may be different depending on size of shade, but separate shade into four panels roughly based on these measurements and proceed in the same way.
  • 5. Cut panel from green dryer sheet 3" across top and 4-1/4" across bottom and sew it to covering (next to edge of side of covering without a pencil line) with 4-1/2" strip of lace and eyelet trim sewn under the bottom. Tear two irregular shade 2-3/4" strips with writing and cut a 1-5/8"x2" botanical motif from paper. Position a 1-1/4"x4-1/4" strip of fiber ribbon vertically in center of panel; place a torn strip over ribbon 1-1/2" from top and place a diagonally torn piece of pink Mulberry paper over top right corner of strip and sew in place over ribbon. Place other strip over bottom 1" up from bottom of ribbon on top of a yellow 7/8"x2-3/4" strip of yellow Mulberry paper and sew both strips over ribbon. Center botanical motif as shown over these pieces and sew in place.
  • 6. The front panel will be sewn with the green panel on the right side (next to the green panel). Cut out a 2-1/2"x2-3/4" bird motif and sew it 1-1/4" from top of covering with a 4" strip fiber ribbon and eyelet trim underneath on the right side. Cut a 1-1/4"x2-5/8" piece from beige dryer sheet and sew it over the top as shown. Use beading needle and thread to sew beads across top 1/2" down as shown. Make a ruffle on bottom with 3-1/8" of lace and fringe trim on top and 2-1/2"x3-1/8" strips of grey dryer sheet over top of fringe trim. Sew each piece on top of one another.
  • 7. For pink panel, sew two 4-1/4" pieces of lace and eyelet trim on bottom of covering extending approximately 1/2" under the fringe trim on the front panel. Cut a pink piece of dryer sheet 2" wide on top and 3-3/4" wide on bottom and sew on covering and over lace trim next to left side of front panel as shown. Center a 1-3/8"x4" strip of fiber ribbon in panel and sew a 1-3/8"x3-7/8" strip of white Mulberry paper over it onto the panel. Cut out three 1" square botanical motifs and sew on top of white Mulberry strip spacing them evenly as shown. Sew a 4" strip of white gauze over the top of the ruffle on the front panel extending over to the pink panel and sew on the button as shown.
  • 8. Fill in the remaining panel 1/8" over the pencil line with a piece of peach dryer sheet sewn over an eyelet trim on bottom. Sew the two ends of the covering together with the green side overlapping the peach by 1/8". Trim off excess piece of covering along seam on inside. Trim any loose threads.
  • 9. Place covering over shade. Arrange sisal straw with a couple strips of gauze, egg and butterfly on the inside of the jar as shown. Twist the lamp adapter on top of the jar, insert light bulb and clamp shade on top.