December Daily 2013 | Leg Lamp (from A Christmas Story)

If you’re a fan of the movie A Christmas Story, then you certainly know about the leg lamp. “It’s a major award!”

This paper-pieced leg lamp is double sided. In my December Daily ABC album, it is sandwiched between L for Lights and M for Movies. (Um, I haven’t actually finished those facing pages yet, so I’m only posting the lamp page).

leg lamp

Supplies: 6×8 transparency, patterned papers (Studio Calico from my stash), black cardstock, black sequined ribbon from Michael’s, glue stick, black thread.

leg lamp front


leg lamp back

How I made it:

  1. I sketched a lamp pattern on scrap paper.
  2. I cut two lamp shades, legs and shoes – one facing/mirrored because they will be back-to-back.
  3. I stitched black sequined ribbon to the bottom of each lamp, folding the ribbon ends under to hide the raw edges.
  4. I glued one leg onto a 6×8 transparency, then the shoe, then the lampshade. I repeated this on the back side.
  5. I stitched the lampshade with black thread.


  • Cut a page protector instead of using a transparency.
  • Use solid cardstock for the background instead of making it double-sided.
  • Use woodgrain patterned paper for the background and stamp “FRAGILE” on it (the leg lamp arrived in a wooden crate in the movie).
  • Make it a card.


I’ll be back next week with a “greatest hits” round-up for 2013, and I’ll post my finished December Daily album in January. Happy holidays!