It was a rather unremarkable ficus, the kind that you find in the dentist's reception room. For some reason, I thought that it would be PERFECT in my living room. And there it sat, in a corner, for about a year. Did I mention that at one point I thought it needed lights, so I wrapped a string of Christmas twinkle lights attached to fake pine needles around the trunk? No? Okay, good. Cause that would have been embarrassing.
Also once upon a time, there was a lampshade.
He was a very sad lampshade, because he lived at Target on the clearance shelf all by himself. He had been marked down to $4.99 but still, nobody wanted him. That is, of course, until I spied him in all his navy blue wonderfulness and snagged him. Did I have a lamp that was within a foot of having the right scale for this beauty? Nope. But I didn't care.
And so, after many squints and some tilted heads, it dawned on me: the ficus and the lampshade were meant to be together.
I unwound the Christmas lights from the trunk, I sawed one of its three trunks down to the ground (did you know those things are made of real wood? I sure didn't!), and I ran a couple of coats of leftover white paint across the pot to dress up the bride.
Then it was time for the wedding.
First, I used heavy duty adhesive glue to attach the cord to the back of one of the trunks. I ran the adhesive all the way down the back, then used twist ties to hold it in place while the glue set up.
(Truth be told, I should have used a brown cord but Menards was out of 8' brown lamp cords and it was my 15th trip there in about 3 days and I was BURNED OUT. I just wanted to get home and like, glue something.)
Next step was to create a platform for the lamp socket, and to hold the trunks in place. Dan helped out with that one. We took a scrap piece left over from some bed slats and drilled holes in it to hold the trunks. A little assistance from the hammer and the rubber mallet and the trunks were definitely solid. We drilled a hole for the cord and wired up the socket.
(Need a quick wiring tutorial? WikiHow explains how to create a lamp out of anything.)
And that was it! Here's how it turned out:
Right?! It's certainly better than when it was a fake tree.
My favorite part, though, has to be the pullchain. The bird was leftover from the lantern I turned into the light fixture in the living room. He just looks right, hangin' out in the not-tree.
So there you have it. Ficus and lampshade: a match made in heaven. Isn't it bizarre and great?