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Vintage Inspired Decoupage Lampshade

Let Hammer Like a Girl show you how to create a decoupage lampshade with your favorite vintage graphics and patterns. Love the results!

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.

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
  • Brush
  • Paper cutter (scissors would also work)
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Large paper, for pattern
  • Pencil
  • 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.

Let Hammer Like a Girl show you how to create a decoupage lampshade with your favorite vintage graphics and patterns. Love the results!

We gathered up our wacky old publications and pondered a theme for our decoupage lampshade – Farming? Literature? 60’s fashion won out, primarily due to those bows on the models’ heads.

Let Hammer Like a Girl show you how to create a decoupage lampshade with your favorite vintage graphics and patterns. Love the results!

And the mother/daughter dress-alike duo. (and the mother’s hair.)

Let Hammer Like a Girl show you how to create a decoupage lampshade with your favorite vintage graphics and patterns. Love the results!

And the stylish dresses:

Let Hammer Like a Girl show you how to create a decoupage lampshade with your favorite vintage graphics and patterns. Love the results!

And the most subtle advertising (in the whole wide world):

Let Hammer Like a Girl show you how to create a decoupage lampshade with your favorite vintage graphics and patterns. Love the results!

To start, measure the circumference and height of your lampshade.

Let Hammer Like a Girl show you how to create a decoupage lampshade with your favorite vintage graphics and patterns. Love the results!

Mark the dimensions out on a large piece of paper.

Let Hammer Like a Girl show you how to create a decoupage lampshade with your favorite vintage graphics and patterns. Love the results!

Select interesting pages/patterns, remove from magazine by slicing along binding with an X-Acto knife.

Let Hammer Like a Girl show you how to create a decoupage lampshade with your favorite vintage graphics and patterns. Love the results!

With a paper cutter, cut crooked, irregular strips varying from 1/2″ to 1″ wide. A pair of scissors will work too, but you will need more patience if you go that route.

Let Hammer Like a Girl show you how to create a decoupage lampshade with your favorite vintage graphics and patterns. Love the results!

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.

Let Hammer Like a Girl show you how to create a decoupage lampshade with your favorite vintage graphics and patterns. Love the results!

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.

Let Hammer Like a Girl show you how to create a decoupage lampshade with your favorite vintage graphics and patterns. Love the results!

Working with one strip at a time, apply decoupage to the shade and the back of the strip. Let the tops and bottoms of the strips hang free.

Let Hammer Like a Girl show you how to create a decoupage lampshade with your favorite vintage graphics and patterns. Love the results!

Gently press down the Mod Podged strip with the brush, holding it in place with the other hand. Work your way around the shade, slightly overlapping the strips.

Let Hammer Like a Girl show you how to create a decoupage lampshade with your favorite vintage graphics and patterns. Love the results!

When you have covered the entire shade, let it dry overnight. If you like the “I need a haircut” look, you are done now.

Let Hammer Like a Girl show you how to create a decoupage lampshade with your favorite vintage graphics and patterns. Love the results!

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.

Let Hammer Like a Girl show you how to create a decoupage lampshade with your favorite vintage graphics and patterns. Love the results!

Using that measurement, make a little cardstock template.

Let Hammer Like a Girl show you how to create a decoupage lampshade with your favorite vintage graphics and patterns. Love the results!

Mark the trim line all the way around the lampshade with a pencil. Repeat along the bottom edge.

Let Hammer Like a Girl show you how to create a decoupage lampshade with your favorite vintage graphics and patterns. Love the results!

Trim along the pencil marks. Repeat on bottom edge.

Let Hammer Like a Girl show you how to create a decoupage lampshade with your favorite vintage graphics and patterns. Love the results!

Working in sections of about 5″, apply Mod Podge to the area where the paper will fold over.

Let Hammer Like a Girl show you how to create a decoupage lampshade with your favorite vintage graphics and patterns. Love the results!

Fold paper over with fingers, pressing down as you go.

Let Hammer Like a Girl show you how to create a decoupage lampshade with your favorite vintage graphics and patterns. Love the results!

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.

Let Hammer Like a Girl show you how to create a decoupage lampshade with your favorite vintage graphics and patterns. Love the results!

Wait for a couple hours, and then coat the entire shade with Mod Podge.

Let Hammer Like a Girl show you how to create a decoupage lampshade with your favorite vintage graphics and patterns. Love the results!

That’s it! A decoupage lampshade is a pretty easy project with plenty of room for error. An added benefit: when the lamp is on, there’s interesting show-through from the inside.

Good luck and let us know if you try this! To read about some of our other projects and exploits, visit HammerLikeAGirl.com.

Let Hammer Like a Girl show you how to create a decoupage lampshade with your favorite vintage graphics and patterns. Love the results!
Let Hammer Like a Girl show you how to create a decoupage lampshade with your favorite vintage graphics and patterns. Love the results!
Let Hammer Like a Girl show you how to create a decoupage lampshade with your favorite vintage graphics and patterns. Love the results!

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Last Minute Lynn

Monday 31st of March 2014

I love your lampshade! The excellent instructions will be so helpful as I copycat your brilliant design!

Mary Beth @ Cupcakes and Crinoline

Sunday 30th of March 2014

I love this ~ such a great way to ad vintage fun to your decor!

Hammer Like a Girl

Monday 31st of March 2014

Thanks Mary Beth! We love vintage - especially when it's given a little modern twist.

Emily @ Two Purple Couches

Sunday 30th of March 2014

This is so cool! I love the alternating strips of color and text!

Hammer Like a Girl

Monday 31st of March 2014

Thank you Emily!

Beverly {Flamingo Toes}

Friday 28th of March 2014

Oh I love this! It looks like something you'd find at Anthro or West Elm. The retro prints are perfect.

Hammer Like a Girl

Monday 31st of March 2014

Thank you Beverly! I love Anthropology, although super expensive. This is a poor (wo)man's version of Anthropology!

Rosemary Palmer

Friday 28th of March 2014

Love it - I use a lot of old sheet music and maps for decoupage too, and think both of these would work too.

Hammer Like a Girl

Monday 31st of March 2014

Sheet music would be very cool, great idea. Maps would be great too - you could alternate water strips with land strips. In fact we have a bunch of topographic maps that we should try that with. Thanks for the idea, I think we'll steal it, if that's ok! :)