Painted Chimney Lamps by CraftyChica.com.

Patrick and I set up a fabulous backyard scene, complete with twinkling lights strewn across the trees, and solar lights anchored by the huge nopal cacti we have. Then a monsoon/haboob rolled in and ripped out one of the trees in our lovely landscape. Back to the drawing board. I went back to Lowe’s for a second round when I came across two things I had never noticed before: chimney lamps and umbrella lights. And just like that, I came up with a completely new! My inspiration comes from all those beautiful DIY painted Moroccan lanterns on Pinterest. But since they’ve already been done, I had to mix it up a bit. Here’s what I came up with, hope you like it!

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Supplies:

– Litex 3″ Neck Clear Chimney Glass

– LED battery-operated Umbrella light (I couldn’t find these on the Lowe’s web site, but they are in the umbrella area and run about $8 each.

– Paint

– Decoupage medium

– Plastic cups, stirrer

– Wire rack

– Puffy Paint

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First, squirt some decoupage medium in a small plastic cup. Next, add a TINY drop of paint (you can also use fabric dye or even food coloring) and stir well.

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Pour it generously around the opening. Mix another batch and pour from the bottom. For a two-tone look, mix up a complimentary color and pour it over the open areas. Roll it around so the paint covers as much of the open areas as possible. You want only a THIN coat of paint so it will dry quickly. in that case, I went out back and shook the lamp hard over and over to shake off the excess. Set the lamp on a wire rack so it can dry. You want for the paint to look thin and like stained glass.

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Here is the green one. It really wasn’t quite dry yet, but I figured since I wouldn’t be touching the inside, I went ahead and added puffy paint designs in black. You could also use gold if you wanted! Once you have it all decorated, set it back outside to dry.

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Here is the orange and pink lamp. See how it is starting to dry clear?

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Using house paint will give a bit more of an opaque look, but if you use dye or food coloring, it will look more like stained glass. You could even use stained glass paint too!

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I used clear plastic plates from the dollar store to set on top of the umbrella lights, then I set the chimney lamp on top. Wow, don’t they look stunning? The lights are so bright!

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Love & light,