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Published on June 10th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Meddling with Melodi

Materials: Melodi pendant lamp

Description: I’ve wanted a feature lighting pendant for some time for our dining nook. Any of the beautiful pendants I’ve seen have unfortunately been outside of a reasonable price, so the opportunity arose for me to come up with a little something of my own. Here is what I came up with …

Materials used
- One IKEA Melodi pendant lamp
- Felt sheets {I used roughly 8, at €0.72 per sheet}
- Glue/adhesive
- Scissors
- Measuring tape {not necessary}
- A steady hand and a good eye for cutting straightish lines

I began by cutting the felt into 1×5 inch strips – by cutting the felt rectangle into vertical strips, then cutting the vertical strips in half. Pretty easy, but you can choose whatever length or shape you like.

I started at the top of the Melodi lamp, and using a small dab of glue at the end of each piece, I placed the felt evenly around the top of the lamp. For the remainder of the lamp, there is no right or wrong method to placing each piece of felt. I continued to dab glue to the end of each piece, and placed them underneath the felt above, making sure to underlap {as opposed to overlap} to cover the exposed Melodi lamp.

Not to make it too repetitive, I decided to stagger the lengths of the felt. I simply did this by gluing the felt, and then trimming it to varying lengths where I saw fit. Don’t be afraid to hack into it. I continued this process until no parts of the original lamp were visible. The entire process took two evenings {an after work job}, accompanied by some decent TV.

See more of the Melodi with felt shade.

~ Hydrangea Girl, Ireland

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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".

13 Responses to Meddling with Melodi

  1. Annakarin says:

    I just made this hack, but with leather instead. It turned out really cool. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Lanm says:

    Oh thanks to this idea now I think I can “copy” the well-known lamp shape “Roofer” by British designer Benjamin Hubert.

  3. That Lamp is so funny! Maybe in leather too?

  4. Anonymous – I only use low energy light bulbs, so they don’t heat up like regular bulbs. Therefore the shade itself does not overheat in any way. I’m very fire-hazard conscious.

  5. Anonymous says:

    how would glue react to overheating?

  6. noerml says:

    Wow… this looks quite spectacular – one of the most stylish hacks i have seen here in a while. And i agree – starting fromt he bottom makes this way easier ;-)

    I would definetly hang something like that in my place. Dunno where to hang it though *sigh*

  7. Lauren says:

    so pretty and moody. I want to try this with leather fringe. it looks like the coat of some crazy animal.

  8. Thank you for your lovely comments!

    @Moontree – that makes miles more sense. I started with the shade on my lap, so the top made more sense – at the time!

  9. Anonymous says:

    I think it would look better with leather.

  10. Shona says:

    wow, this is gorgeous! I need to make it!! hahahah

  11. MacMama says:

    Funny. Look likes a Dutch childrens caracter from the 1970′s: meneer de uil (mr owl):)

  12. Moontree says:

    very pretty! but psst: it might be easier to work from the bottom up, like shingling a roof ;)

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