Holiday Accent Lamp

Holiday Accent Lamp


I thought I’d take a quick break from golf cards to make this Tiffany-inspired lamp project which I’ve been wanting to try for a while.  It was made with my Silhouette electronic die cutting machine, an svg file from the “Boho Butterflies SVG Kit” by svg cuts, an electric candle, card stock and vellum.  The original design had dragonflies on the lamp shade, but I wanted to make my lamps as holiday gifts and decorations, so I altered the cut file to include holly leaves instead.  The basic holly leaf design (which I manipulated to fit on the lamp shade panel) came from the “Comet’s Candy Land SVG Kit” which is also by svg cuts.


(original lamp shade design)

It’s hard to believe this lamp is made out of paper!  I used Recollections brown (chocolate) shimmer paper (which looks like bronze/metal), Recollections black card stock, and vellum.  I used Copic Markers (G29, R59, and Y28) to color the vellum panels.

*POST ADDITION – I found it tedious and difficult to color 36 panels, front and back, for each lamp I wanted to make.  The vellum kept shifting so the colors didn’t line up with the black lines perfectly, and this was messy/obvious when the lamp was assembled and lit.  (I’m not sure why I didn’t have that much trouble with my first one!)  I ended up creating two print and cut files so I could either color in my panels by hand with lines visible on the vellum, or I could just print and cut the already colored panels.  Much easier!!

Print and Cut with no color  Print and Cut with color

You can see the tutorial on how to assemble the lamp HERE.

There is a 9 inch electronic candle “built in” to the center of the lamp base which came with a 7w bulb. I replaced this bulb with an LED bulb so it didn’t get hot since it will be lit so close to the paper.  (The original bulb seemed to work fine and didn’t really seem to get that hot, but I didn’t want to take any chances.)


I used the Darice 5×7 Basketweave embossing folder for the decorative panels on the base of the lamp.


The design details on this lamp are incredible!  The lamp shade fits on the lamp without touching the bulb.  And the decorative knob on the top is pretty cool!



Some sad news…

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I LOVE svg cuts; there is a huge variety of projects (2-d and 3-d), and they are all AWESOME!!!  It’s the first place I look when I need an idea or element for a special occasion or project.  I LOVE watching Mary do her project tutorials which takes a lot of the frustration out of creating these projects.  (I tried to wing it a few times and ended up wishing I had just gone straight to Mary for some of the more complicated designs!)  And, I don’t think I’d even have any idea at all about electronic die-cutting with svg’s if it weren’t for Leo’s tutorials on Sure Cuts A Lot and all the customer support/questions answered by him over the years.  So… I was extremely saddened by the news that Leo and Mary are going their separate ways and will no longer both be working together at svg cuts.  Leo has decided to start a new svg company called Dreaming Tree (3DSVG) while Mary will continue to run svg cuts.  (Leo explains this in a letter on his new site, HERE).  I’m sad for them that things didn’t work out, and I’m sad that the company as I’ve known it will not be the same.  However, I am excited with the idea that there is a new company out there that will be providing svg files, am hoping this works out well for both of them, and am looking forward to visiting both often.

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11 thoughts on “Holiday Accent Lamp

  1. WOW, oh my gosh this is so cool, You are so cool! Glad you needed a break. Who knows what you will come up with when you just have time on your hands.


  2. That is beautiful! It will be so loved by whomever receives it. I know I would sure like it and such a pretty decoration for Christmas too!


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  4. Amazing … love love love. Can you please send me the svg files? I have no idea on where to start with making it work after looking at the svg cut files.


  5. Just love this lamp! How were able to change it? My sister is really into Mickey Mouse…curious about how you were able to change them! Love the idea of print and cut and have a cricut maker. Would you mind sharing how you did that? thanks!


  6. Hello Lisa!!

    Your lamp is amazing! You are extremely talented. Is there any easy you could explain how you altered the lamp files to change the dragonflies to the holly leaves, and also how you broke apart and created the print and cut files. I made the original lamp from SVG Cuts, who I also love, but I can’t for the life of me figure out how you did this. I have both Sure Cuts A Lot5 and Silhouette Designer Edition, but I’m just not skilled enough to figure this out, I guess.

    Thank you so much for any help you can offer

    Susan Suszka


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