Yes, You Can Make the Unicorn Lamp of Your Dreams
A couple months ago we stumbled upon a gold unicorn lamp from PBTeen, but we waited too long to buy it and now it’s out of stock. But no worries, because this lamp is totally DIYable! We purchased a $20 Barbie unicorn and a lamp kit to construct our dream lamp. What we love most about this DIY copycat is the hot pink hair. #hairgoals for sure <3
— lamp kit
— block of wood (8 x 3 inches)
— gold spray paint
— 1/2 inch drill bit
— hot glue gun
1. Place tape around the body of the plastic unicorn. Slowly drill into the unicorn, making sure you are perpendicular with the floor. Drill until you make it all the way through the unicorn body.
2. Thread the lamp cord through the pipe and then slide the unicorn onto the pipe. Follow the directions on the lamp kit, and slide the parts in the correct order onto the cord of the lamp.
3. Loosen the screws on the sides of the piece where the lightbulb sits and wrap the wire around. Use the screwdriver to tighten the screws and hold the wire in place.
4. Tighten all pieces and secure onto the lamp pole.
5. Hot glue the unicorn and pole to the wood block.
6. Tape over the unicorn’s mane and tail, as well as the lamp fixture that you just built, and spray paint gold.
7. Once dry, add the light bulb and lamp shade to finish off your unicorn lamp.
Alright, if you are making this for your child, I recommend not letting them watch you drill into their toy ;) Place tape around the body of the unicorn and then slowly drill through the center. You want to find a drill speed and pressure sweet spot that won’t make the plastic crack. Take your time and keeping drilling until you have gone all the way through the unicorn.
Slide the lamp cord through the pipe, then slide the pipe through the unicorn. Take a look at the instructions on your lamp packaging and place the appropriate pieces on the pipe in the correct order.
Loosen the screws on the sides of the piece where the light bulb sits and wrap the wire around. Use the screwdriver to tighten the screws and hold the wire in place. Make sure this part is done right, otherwise your lamp won’t turn on.
Place the base in the gold casing and then start screwing all the pieces together onto the pipe.
Attach your unicorn to a block of wood with hot glue. We used two craft blocks that measured four inches in length, but in total you’ll want a piece that is eight inches long and three inches wide.
Use hot glue to secure the lamp pipe and wire to the wooden base. This will help hide the seam if you’re attaching two pieces of wood.
Cover the mane, tail and light fixture with tape and get ready to watch this Barbie toy turn into a work of art.
Ahh, everything looks better in gold :)
Finish it off by removing the tape and topping it with a lampshade of your choice.
Gold unicorn — meet your friend gold French Bulldog.
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It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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