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Revamp a Clip Lamp with Scrap Fabric

Give an old, beloved clip lamp a facelift with fabric and Mod Podge! It’s a very easy and budget friendly project – and you’ll love the results!

Revamp a Clip Lamp with Scrap Fabric

Hi everyone! It’s Ashlee from My So Called Crafty Life, and today I am here to share a fun lamp revamp using Mod Podge Furniture Gloss.

This little pink plastic clip lamp I have had for years! I have used it in my office and in the bedroom as a book light for years.

Over time it has gotten a bit scuffed up, and I have been wanting to paint it or cover it. So, I finally decided it was long overdue for a facelift and decided to cover it with a scrap of a vintage tablecloth I had in my fabric scrap pile. Check it out!

Decorate a Clip Lamp

Here’s What You Need:

  • Clip lamp
  • Mod Podge Gloss
  • Paint Brush
  • Tablecloth remnant, or fabric of your choice
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue


Metal clip lamp laying on its side

The first thing you need to do is gather your lamp and clean the surface well and dry it completely.

Hand pulling fabric around the shade of the lamp

Take your fabric and lay it on top of the lamp shade. Pull it tight around the lamp. Trace the line of where the lamp shade meets the metal area with your pencil to get the arc you need to cut. Next take the fabric and cut along the line where you drew in the arc.

Mod Podge on the shade of a metal clip lamp

Brush a layer of the decoupage medium onto the lamp shade.

Fabric smoothed onto the shade of the clip lamp

Press the fabric onto the shade and smooth it out. Make sure to line up the cut arc end around the area where the shade meets the metal. Continue to press and smooth out the fabric around the shade.

Trimmed fabric around the shade of the lamp

When you get to the back side where the stem is, cut a notch out of the fabric with your scissors. Overlap the ends neatly and smooth down.

Now your shade should be covered with fabric and the fabric should be neatly aligned with the small end of the shade where it meets the metal, and then there should be fabric extending over the opposite edge or opening of the shade.

Fabric trimmed around the opening of the shade

Now you need to trim around the opening of the shade. Trim the fabric off as close to the shade as you can. I used my embroidery scissors for this step. Attach a strip of fabric around the coupler below the shade.

Adding ribbon around the base of the decoupage lampshade

Once the medium has dried thoroughly, you are ready to add your ribbon.

Trim glued around the front opening of the lamp shade

Run a bead of hot glue around the bottom edge of the shade and glue down some ribbon, then do the same thing with the opening of the shade. I used a 1″ wide ribbon and glued it on the outside and then folded it in to the inside.

Metal clip lamp shade decorated with fabric and Mod Podge

I really love how my lamp turned out! It looks adorable clipped to my side table in the bedroom, and now it actually fits with the decor in my room!

Clip lamp decorated with Mod Podge and fabric

This lamp revamp was seriously easy to do, and it was fast to whip up. It took me about an hour to make. I love how versatile this project is!

Metal lamp shade covered in fabric and trimmed in ribbon

You can really customize it to your style just by the fabric you use. So, if you have an old clip lamp, give it a little update with some fresh fabric. You’ll love it!

If you loved decorating a metal lampshade with fabric and Mod Podge, you might like these other projects:


Tuesday 2nd of February 2021

Really creative ideas! Just one question: what am I doing wrong? I just recently started using MP and my projects seem to feel very "tacky" after they dry. I am not sure how to remedy this.


Tuesday 2nd of February 2021

Hi Cindy! I wrote a post about that - check it out!


Tuesday 8th of March 2016

Super cute!