We Took an IKEA Lamp Shade and Created This Modern Holiday Scene

IKEA hack modern holiday scene
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It's no secret we love a good IKEA hack around here, especially a simple one that transforms a basic lamp shade into a winter wonderland of shimmering mixed metallics. Playing off the smoky tones of the glass pendant, and with visions of a gilded forest dancing in our heads, we created a modern holiday scene that can shine as a centerpiece or add festive elegance to a shelf or mantel. Either way, it's a cinch to make, and your winter abode will have a lot more sparkle in it this season.

Things You'll Need

IKEA JAKOBSBYN hack holiday terrarium
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Step 1

Set the pendant inside a large bowl so that the larger opening of the lamp shade is at the top. The bowl will act as a sturdy base and will also catch any stray glitter.

Placing lamp shade in large gold bowl
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Step 2

Place a paper plate inside the pendant to create a flat ledge inside. We used a gold-colored paper plate so that it would blend in more seamlessly with our metallic theme. However, if you don't have a gold one handy, you could simply paint a regular paper plate.

Placing gold paper plate inside lamp shade
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Gold paper plate placed flat inside lamp shade
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Step 3

Paint a group of plain bottle brush trees using a variety of metallic paint colors (or simply buy metallic-colored trees). We purchased a set of ivory and silver trees, and painted some of the ivory ones copper. You can either paint them with a paintbrush and metallic craft paint, or you can spray paint them with metallic spray paint. If using a paintbrush, be sure to work the paint in between the bristles for fuller coverage.

If you don't already have a metallic deer figurine, go ahead and paint that a metallic color as well.

Bottle brush trees and deer figurine painted metallic colors
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We also painted the bases of the trees gold so they'd blend in better with the gold paper plate.

Bases of bottle brush trees painted gold
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Step 4

Place double-sided tape or glue dots on the bottoms of the bottle brush trees and deer figurine.

Double-sided tape placed on bottom of bottle brush trees
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Once you've settled on a desired arrangement, adhere the trees and figurine to the paper plate.

Taping bottle brush trees to gold paper plate inside lamp shade
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Step 5

Use a spoon to fill the bottom with glitter. You want to use enough glitter to cover the paper plate and also create the illusion of glistening mounds of snow.

Spooning gold glitter onto paper plate inside lamp shade
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Step 6

Use a clean paintbrush to brush glitter off the sides of the bowl to create a cleaner edge.

Brushing away loose glitter with paintbrush
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Now your modern metallic holiday scene is set to shimmer and sparkle all winter long.

IKEA holiday hack modern holiday scene
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IKEA hack modern snow globe
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Trisha Sprouse

Trisha Sprouse

Trisha is a writer, video producer + maker with a knack for creating modern DIY content. When her hands aren't covered in paint, she's most likely holding a camera or power drill or both.