Disneyland is one of my happy places! Is it yours? I’ve always wanted to bring a little bit of the magic into my home by theming one of my rooms after the park and I’m finally getting started! My first piece of the room is a lamp inspired by “Jingles” from King Arthur’s Carousel!
My mom has had this carousel horse lamp for as long as I can remember and when they moved, she offered it to me. I took it, immediately re-imagining it as Jingles. It was a little difficult to get started, since this horse is in a different style and pose, but I took inspiration from the bells, flowers and colors!
Now I know not many people have spare carousel horse lamps lying around, but you’re welcome to follow my instructions if you do, or if you have something else similar that you would like to repaint and/or retheme. Have fun with your imagination!
Carousel horse lamp
Rubbing alcohol (optional)
Small disposable bags and painters tape
Krylon paint and primer spray (white)
Hot glue gun with glue inserted
6mm gold jingle bells
8mm acrylic rosettes
Clean the lamp; wipe it down with a damp washcloth, then rubbing alcohol (if needed) and allow the lamp to dry.
Wrap the cord, and the socket and light fixture up in plastic bags and secure them with painter’s tape.
In a well ventilated area, spray the lamp with the white primer/paint. I am still getting the hang of spray painting, so if you’re like me and drips or bubbles form, wait for the lamp to completely dry then lightly sand out the rough parts. Wipe the lamp down with a damp washcloth and allow it to dry, then try again. I finished with brushing on white acrylic paint.
Once you’re satisfied with the white coat and it’s dry, paint the saddle, bridle, eyes, hooves, pole and base. This may take more than one coat so be patient and allow them to dry in between each application.
Once the paint is dry, paint or spray the lamp with a varnish. The finish is based on preference, I used matte, but you can up the gloss if you want!
Once the varnish is dry, use the hot glue gun to glue roses along the bridle and anywhere else you prefer.
Trace light pencil guidelines where you want the jingle bells to be, then attach them with hot glue.
Part of the fun in raising Zoey is making things that delight her; I want to create lasting, meaningful toys for her that are made with love and will be loved! Wooden toys are classic and beautiful, when created and treated right, they can last a lifetime; so let’s make some!
It’s no secret that Cameron and I love Disney. Zoey’s middle name was inspired by one of my favorite Disney princesses, Belle, and that Belle in her name has also led to another Disney nickname, Tinker Bell. I cannot wait to create a whole set of peg dolls for her, but these two characters hold the most significance until she begins watching the classics on her own.
This week I’ll be sharing the steps I took to create a Belle peg doll in her blue peasant dress for Zoey.
Blank peg doll (I used a “small angel” or “girl” shape/size)
Small, flat & fine tip paint brushes
Paint palette (or a tray for your paint)
Blue non-toxic acrylic paint
White non-toxic acrylic paint
Light blue non-toxic acrylic paint
Brown non-toxic acrylic paint
Dark brown non-toxic acrylic paint
Black non-toxic acrylic paint
Non-toxic varnish (I used Duraclear Ultra Matte Varnish)
With a pencil, lightly sketch Belle onto your blank peg doll. Belle wears a dress over a white blouse, I gave her sleeves so more of the blouse can be seen.
Begin painting your peg doll with the base layers first. I started with the blue of her dress and hair bow, the white of her blouse and apron, and the brown of her hair. Allow this paint to dry before moving on to avoid smudging, then apply a few more layers of each until you’re happy with the colors and textures.
Paint the very bottom and edges of the peg doll black to signify her shoes.
After the base layers have dried, paint a border of light blue on the edges of her apron, shirt and hair bow. If you don’t have a lighter shade of blue, you can create some by adding a small amount of white paint to the original blue and blending.
Paint dark brown accents on and around the hair, don’t forget her ponytail in the back!
Taking something small and round (I used the opposite end of one of my smaller paint brushes) dip it in black paint and dot the two eyes. Using the finest tipped paintbrush you can find, give her an eyelash or two on each eye.
Once the eye paint has dried, add a highlight dot to each eye with a fine tipped paintbrush and white paint.
Using the same method as the eyes, dip the opposite end of a slightly larger paintbrush into light pink paint and dot the blush under each eye.
With a little white paint, give her a few sparkles of pixie dust on the hem of her dress or wherever else you feel it will look right!
Allow for all paint to completely dry, then apply a varnish and allow it to dry. You can apply as many coats as you want for the finish you want, just allow them to dry in between applications and before handing her over to your child.
Voilà! Belle is done and ready to be played with! Enjoy!