I bought a HATTEN table from IKEA for £16 as it was the closest I could get to the shape of a cupcake! I removed the lid and painted it hot pink on the inside. If I was to do this again I would have used spray paint to make life easier, and the result less stripy, but just normal paint works as well.
I wanted the finished table to pop a bit, be a little bit extraordinary, so I decided to fill it with fairy lights.
They weren’t very bright (but still bright enough to make the paint stripes show through… 🙁 ) so to enhance them (and hide said paint stripes) I bought this silvery holographic plastic wrapping film (paper?), cut it into the same shape as the bottom of the table (although slightly bigger, so that it would overlap with the side pieces) and two strips as wide as the table is deep.
Once I had made sure everything fitted well, I spray-glued the film to the inside of the table. Spray glue dries quickly, so I only left it for 20 minutes or so before putting the fairy lights back in.
The silvery holographic pattern reflects the dim LEDs of the fairy lights, making them appear just a little bit brighter. I drilled a hole through the bottom of the table, near a leg, for the cable to go through.
The result is a girly pink cupcake lamp and table with a silvery glow inside! My stepdaughter loves it, and I must admit I do too!
Jules Yap started IKEAHackers.net in 2006 as a personal blog to showcase the most impressive IKEA hacks from all over the world. Since then, she has learned a lot more about power tools and DIY. Her site has helped thousands modify IKEA furniture with step-by-step tutorials, craft projects and home styling.