I started this back sometime in January. Have you ever seen a cheesecloth ghost? My idea was to do a cheesecloth log. Easy right? Wrong. I got a log and some white gauzy fabric.
Next, I used hot glue to make wood grain and spray painted the whole thing white. This was a big improvement.
I tried to cover all the stitching with the glue. Some of the yellow shows through, but it's a lot more subtle which I like.
I got a tip from Nienke who showed me a tutorial for making animal lamps (which I'm going to use to make an animal lamp for Henry's room). The same idea carried over to this log lamp to use a strand of LED lights inside instead of a lamp. I got a strand of battery powered LED lights so no cords would be tempting to little hands. This is the lamp during the day with the lights on.
and this is the lamp at night with the lights on.
I really like the lamp now. I'm really glad I kept working at this and didn't put it in the garbage. I like that it's mostly white, it looks like a log, it has detail and texture, and it looks good. I can easily move it to another shelf not near a plug. I'm not worried about it falling and breaking because it's fabric and a strand of lights. It wouldn't hurt a child if it fell on his or her head. My front room is slowly turning to a nature feel so this fits in perfectly. The only thing I would change is it's still now very bright at night. It doesn't give off much light. I think when I make Henry's lamp I'll put this strand in that one and get a longer, brighter strand for the log lamp.