Published on February 11th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


The cherry blossom lantern

With Chinese New Year just roaring in in just a few days, this seems apt. This one’s from Joey.

“Here’s the Ikea hack I did on the Regolit lamp! I needed a soft glowy light source for the corner of my sitting room, but it has got to be cheapest possible, since we are on a budget….and it’s t.i.g.h.t…so I remembered this lantern from Ikea.

And I personalized it to suit the oriental feel of my home by painting cherry blossom branches on it, then later attached faux cherry blossom blooms onto those branches.”

See more of Joey’s cherry blossom lantern and other hacks.


I also take this opportunity to wish all my Chinese readers (and those celebrating it!) Gong Xi Fa Cai^ and have a merry, food and fun filled one. May all you singles out there get lots of angpows* and your uncles and aunties not pester you about your turn to get hitched (and forever lose your right to free money).   

^ well-wishes for happiness and prosperity
*red packets filled with money.

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

23 Responses to The cherry blossom lantern

  1. absolute love on this one… I need to create courage see if I can paint those branches as well as you did, and where to find the cherry blossoms…brilliant idea , giorgeous skills :)

  2. Mayuska says:

    Hi!! I would like to know what kind of ink did u use on it… Thanks!! I think it’s really nice!!!

  3. Michelle says:

    That looks so pretty I love the 3d effect. Great job :)

  4. Bella says:

    Your lamp is gorgeous! I’d pay you to make me one. Seriously.

  5. Magda says:

    hey! I have linked you to my blog.
    love magda

  6. IcedNyior says:

    I remember last year Ikano (a shopping mall right next to IKEA Malaysia) did exactly that for their CNY decorations. Not sure if they used the Regolit or not though

  7. AbundantEmpress says:

    This is lovely!

  8. I’d just like to thank you for taking the time to create this internet website.
    The best information i have found exactly here. Keep going Thank you

  9. budisakty says:

    this is my first come to your blog,and i read agood information that you put in here..good job i like it
    keep going thanks.

  10. Terra LA says:

    So simple and elegant. Would look really cool over my Asian antique-ish (lucky find!) desk. Plus, it could be an art project that I can get my kid to help me with. Thanks for the idea.

  11. Wow, that’s gorgeous! Thanks so much for this, I’ll be linking.

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  13. Lisa says:

    Oh, very nice and I will almost definitely been stealing that idea! I hope I can paint branches as beautifully as that.

    Thanks for the CNY wishes. I am certainly looking forward to the celebrations.

  14. Stacy says:

    Wow! Great job!

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  17. Emily says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! I just LOVE it and might steal your idea…

  18. Tina says:

    How imaginative. Even the photo of your ink, brush and the blossoms is beautiful.

  19. Barbara says:

    Beautiful. I love it.

  20. Amie Sugat says:

    gorgeous! Cant wait to try it!

  21. Eva says:

    That was really nicely done!

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