Let Hammer Like a Girl show you how to create a decoupage lampshade with your favorite vintage graphics and patterns. Love the results!
A while back, we made a lamp from an old tripod. It needed an unusual lampshade so we made one from galvanized duct work. But time went by and it was time for a change – something lighter and brighter and funkier.
When I think funky, the first thing that comes to mind is 60’s fashion (doesn’t everyone?). Learn how to create a decoupage lampshade just like this one below.
Vintage Inspired Decoupage Lampshade
Gather These Supplies
- Plain white drum lampshade
- Paper ephemera (we used a 1960’s McCalls Pattern and Home Decorating Magazine)
- Mod Podge Matte
- Paper cutter (scissors would also work)
- Tape measure
- Large paper, for pattern
- X-Acto knife
- Flexible tape measure
- Cardstock, for pattern
- Clamps & something to clamp the shade to (we used an old car jack) OR just use the lamp base if it is table lamp
We found our lampshade at a lighting outlet store for $5, which made us pretty happy.
To start, measure the circumference and height of your lampshade.
Mark the dimensions out on a large piece of paper.
Select interesting pages/patterns, remove from magazine by slicing along binding with an X-Acto knife.
Place the strips onto the template and start laying out the design. We alternated 3 black & white text strips with one color strip so the design would have obvious stripes. We kept the color palette limited to reds, oranges, and greens so it wouldn’t get too busy.
Clamp the lampshade to something (we used an old car jack) or attach it to the lamp base, so it is suspended above the working surface and so the shade can be rotated easily as you work your way around.
If you don’t, it’s time to clean your decoupage lampshade; give it a trim and fold the edges to the inside of the shade. Start by folding one of the strips to the inside and marking where the paper needs to end.
Working in sections of about 5″, apply Mod Podge to the area where the paper will fold over.
Repeat, repeat, repeat, for the top and bottoms edges. You may need to go back and press down certain areas. This part is a little tricky, but it will give you a nice clean edge. Apply Mod Podge to the turned over edge.
Wait for a couple hours, and then coat the entire shade with Mod Podge.
Good luck and let us know if you try this! To read about some of our other projects and exploits, visit HammerLikeAGirl.com.