DIY Moments: Vol. 16 No. 3

Our large selection of fine papers have an array of gorgeous textures and patterns that are perfect for more than paper crafts – upcycle an old lamp and take it from shabby to chic in just 3 easy steps!

lamp with decorative lampshade

What You’ll Need


Step 1

Remove the shade from your lamp and clean the surface of the base.

Step 2

painting a lamp with aqua paint

Following the direction on the Acrylic Paint, paint the base of the lamp with a Nylon Brush. Apply additional coats, if necessary.

Step 3

tracing a lampshade on a piece of paper

Trace the lampshade on the backside of the decorative paper of your choice in pencil, rolling the shade along the surface as you trace until you reach the required length.

Step 4

hands cutting a piece of paper with scissors

Cut the traced shape out of the decorative paper.

Step 5

hand applying glue to a piece of paper with a brush

Brush PVA on the back side of the decorative paper with the Paste Brush, starting with your brush in the center and pushing past the edge of the paper with each brushstroke. Coat evenly.

Step 6

adding decorative paper to a lampshade

Adhere the paper to the shade, smoothing as you go.

Step 7

gluing pom trim onto the bottom of a lampshade

Bead the lower rim of the shade with hot glue, adding trim as you go.

Step 8

Assemble the lamp and plug it in!


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4 Responses

  1. Cheri says:

    Can any type of paper be used without worry of a fire starting? I always thought the type of paper used had to be something treated, like wrapping paper.
    I love your simple demonstration. The lampshade you made is very cute.

    • Meg Kowieski says:

      Hi Cheri! We definitely understand your concern. Since the paper is only being applied to the outside of the shade, you won’t be altering the properties of the shade’s interior, so we leave the safety to the shade’s manufacturer, then!

  2. Carmen says:

    I was just about to invest in a new lampshade, I will save me a lot of money by following this technique!

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