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Whimsical Mod Podge Paper Lamp Shade

This DIY paper lamp shade is an easy-to-do decoupage project involving cut black paper and your favorite shapes. Get the tutorial here!

Whimsical Mod Podge Paper Lamp Shade

I’m a little obsessed with Mod Podge lamp shades over here at Hammer Like A Girl. I see a blank white shade and think “hmmm . . . how can I spice that up?” It’s like a little canvas that lights up.

This Mod Podge paper lamp shade is an easy-to-do decoupage project, involving cut black paper and your favorite shapes. I used birds and leaves – my favorite design motif. Keep reading to see how I made this unique DIY lamp shade!

DIY Paper Lamp Shade

You will need:

  • Simple lampshade, preferably light in color
  • Black paper
  • Mod Podge Matte or Satin
  • Sharp scissors
  • Large sheet of paper for pattern
  • Black marker
  • Brush

First find a nice simple lampshade.

White lampshade sitting on a table

To create a basic pattern for your Mod Podge lamp shade, spread out a large sheet of paper and slowly roll the shade, marking the edges with a pencil as you go.

This Mod Podge lamp shade is an easy-to-do decoupage project involving cut black paper and your favorite shapes. Get the tutorial here!

Continue until the entire shade is traced.

This Mod Podge lamp shade is an easy-to-do decoupage project involving cut black paper and your favorite shapes. Get the tutorial here!

To better see the outline, draw over the top of the pencil line with a black marker.

This Mod Podge lamp shade is an easy-to-do decoupage project involving cut black paper and your favorite shapes. Get the tutorial here!

Start cutting your shapes out of black paper. I cut simple leaf and bird shapes freehand – I think the irregularities add to the whimsy/fun of the design.

However, if you feel more comfortable using a pattern, you can copy it onto a sheet of printer paper and layer it over the top of the black paper and cut through both layers.

This Mod Podge lamp shade is an easy-to-do decoupage project involving cut black paper and your favorite shapes. Get the tutorial here!

Keep cutting shapes and begin building your design by placing the shapes onto the pattern.

This Mod Podge lamp shade is an easy-to-do decoupage project involving cut black paper and your favorite shapes. Get the tutorial here!

After a few hand cramps from the scissors, you’ll fill up the pattern.

This Mod Podge lamp shade is an easy-to-do decoupage project involving cut black paper and your favorite shapes. Get the tutorial here!
This Mod Podge lamp shade is an easy-to-do decoupage project involving cut black paper and your favorite shapes. Get the tutorial here!

When you’ve arranged your pieces and are happy with your decoupage lamp shade design, you can start transferring them piece by piece onto the shade. Working section by section, apply Mod Podge onto the shade.

This Mod Podge lamp shade is an easy-to-do decoupage project involving cut black paper and your favorite shapes. Get the tutorial here!

Spread Mod Podge onto the back of the pieces.

This Mod Podge lamp shade is an easy-to-do decoupage project involving cut black paper and your favorite shapes. Get the tutorial here!

Place the pieces onto the shade, using a brush dipped in Mod Podge to press down the pieces.

This Mod Podge lamp shade is an easy-to-do decoupage project involving cut black paper and your favorite shapes. Get the tutorial here!

After all the pieces are attached to the shade, let it dry.

This Mod Podge lamp shade is an easy-to-do decoupage project involving cut black paper and your favorite shapes. Get the tutorial here!

After the shade is dry (about 4 hours) completely cover the shade with a coat of Mod Podge. Repeat.

This Mod Podge lamp shade is an easy-to-do decoupage project involving cut black paper and your favorite shapes. Get the tutorial here!

There you go – that’s all there is to making a Mod Podge lamp shade with paper! A little glowing forest in your living room.

This Mod Podge lamp shade is an easy-to-do decoupage project involving cut black paper and your favorite shapes. Get the tutorial here!
This Mod Podge lamp shade is an easy-to-do decoupage project involving cut black paper and your favorite shapes. Get the tutorial here!
This Mod Podge lamp shade is an easy-to-do decoupage project involving cut black paper and your favorite shapes. Get the tutorial here!

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Suzan

Wednesday 4th of February 2015

This idea is so perfect! And the shapes are so natural and organic; absolutely my kind of decor. Thanks for this tutorial!

Heidi

Thursday 5th of February 2015

Thanks Suzan! It's pretty easy too. :)