The Victorian potpourri and doilies basket lamp makes a stunning accent piece for any room in the home. This Victorian basket lamp also leaves a nice fragrance in a room. Colors can be changed to match any decor. If you have a sensitivity to scents, you can decorate the basket with dried florals instead of using the potpourri.
Victorian Potpourri and Doilies Basket Lamp
Medium wicker basket with handle
1 yard of pink beads on a string
Small glass bowl that will fit inside the basket
Lamp basket C-clamp
Rose colored and scented potpourri
Glue gun and glue sticks
Small mauve lamp shade
2 to 3 small, round crocheted ivory doilies
4 to 6 silk mauve rosebuds
1. Place some newspapers on the top of your work area. Place the basket on the newspaper. Working a section at a time, glue a small amount of moss on the rim of the basket. Place a small amount of glue on the top of the moss, then sprinkle with potpourri before the glue dries. I also press the potpourri into the moss to help secure it to the moss. Repeat until the entire rim of the basket is covered in moss and potpourri. If there is an excess of moss sticking out, trim with scissors.
2. Cut doilies in half. Don’t worry about the frayed ends of the doilies they will be covered by the string of beads. Take the first doily half, and glue it lengthwise directly below the rim on the basket where the potpourri and moss border is. Repeat around the basket.
3. Glue the pink string of beads on and around the top edge of the doilies and basket edge. Glue the end piece of beads as close as possible to the beginning piece of beaded ribbon. Trim off excess ribbon.
4. Glue a silk rosebud to the center of each doily piece.
5. Pour some potpourri into the glass bowl. Place the bowl inside the basket. I also use bobbins, yarns and other items to fill basket. This basket on this Victorian lamp can be used for multiple purposes.
6. Place the lamp basket clamp at the center of the basket handle. Tightly twist the screw to make sure it is secure to the handle of the basket. Place a light bulb in the socket, then place the lamp shade on the Victorian potpourri and doilies lamp.
The websites www.amazon.com and www.countryporch.com offers the lamp shade and lamp basket adapter needed for this project. A great place to get potpourri is the Dollar Store.