Needle Felted Mushroom Lamp
Last week I wrote a post about Craft + Tech which highlighted some of the awesome ways that you can incorporate technology into your craft projects. As an example I showed the needle felted mushroom lamp which I recently finished. This week I am going to share more about this little night light and how fun and easy it was to make.
The finished lamp is 7 inches tall and about 7 inches wide. My original design just had the mushroom on a wood stand but the concept grew over time. The snail was actually made for my husband and you can find more about how I made it in my Natural World of Needle Felting Craft Book Review. Once I started working on the mushroom my husband decided that the snail and mushroom went well together so he 'donated' it to the project.
To turn the lamp on or off you press the lady bug in back (as I am doing in the above photo). There is a simple push button switch that clicks the circuit on or off and I decided to hide it under a felted ladybug sitting on a rock.
The lights, there are two- one on each side of the mushroom stem, are LEDs. I found a website called Model Train Software which sells, among other things, lights for model train sets. I bought a Chip Light Kit with 2 LEDs, warm color and 8 inch wire length. This kit came with everything I needed- lights, wire, switch, battery, battery holder and they even have a video on their website which shows you how to put it all together. Easy!
I put the light kit together and then began felting the mushroom around the wires. Since I was using a sharp needle near wires I tried to be careful not to damage the wires so I worked gingerly around those areas.
I started by felting the cap of the mushroom. I then added the red top and white dots to give it that classic mushroom look. The wires are in the mushroom stem along with a piece of wood dowel to give it structure. The lights come out where the stem and cap meet.
The wires then run down the stem and come out the bottom. In the above photo you can see the white plastic push switch, wires and battery with holder.
I knew I wanted to hide the switch and battery so I decided that I could somehow cover the switch with a piece of needle felting and then have the wires wrap around the edge of the base and cut out a place for the battery on the bottom of the stand.
I drilled a hole for the dowel inside the mushroom to be glued into the stand. I then carved out a section on the bottom of the base for the battery to reside. I broke the base in the process but glued it back together and you can't see it now. If you don't want to do this kind of wood working then you could simply hide the battery under the felting- just make sure you make it accessible so that you can change the battery when needed. LEDs do last a long time but not infinitely.
After that it was just a matter of assembly. I glued the mushroom dowel and ladybug rock to the base. I then glued the light switch to the rock and carefully glued the ladybug to the switch. I didn't want to gum up the switch so I only used a very small about of glue there.
When dry it was time to landscape!
Everything is felt except the rock for the ladybug, the wooden base and the electrical parts. I don't have any 'in progress' photos because I was just really excited to be finish it and forgot to stop and take photos.
I was thinking about putting the snail on top of the mushroom but after making the little hill with flowers the snail just fit so perfectly where he is that it became his home. My goal was to make a little scene with a variety of heights and a few different elements so it looked like something that you might find on the forest floor.
I think the whole thing came out really well and I was surprised at how easy it was to add lights to my needle felting. Sometimes we get intimidated by new things that seem complicated but when we apply ourselves to figure then out they really aren't that hard.
I've already got a few more ideas for incorporating lights into my crafts so this won't be the last post like this one. I hope this project has inspired you to try something new and grow your crafting abilities.
Let us know what you are working on and