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Create A Customized Lampshade

Updated on December 8, 2014

Decoupage a Lampshade for a Custom Look:

I had a plain white lampshade that was me begging to do something "crafty and creative" with it. How was I going to go about Decorating this Lampshade?

In the meantime, I stumbled upon a very old and torn up Webster's Dictionary. I do not like to tear up books, but this one was definitely beyond repair and not valuable. I felt that this book was very needy and wanted to be put to use in some "crafty and creative" way. Light bulb moment: repurpose and use this old book to decorate the homely lampshade!

My First step: I searched the internet to find directions and ideas for decorating lampshades. I have included links to video tutorials and websites below, so keep on scrolling down the page.

Second step: I searched my home to find the supplies for this project. After all, I really did not want to get out -- it had been raining a lot and I did not feel like getting wet. I also wanted to use up what I had on hand or reuse materials. Don't want to over-load those landfills. If you need some supplies for this home decorating project, I have included some suggestions, too.

What do you think of my decoupaged lampshade pictured here? Scroll down to the bottom of the page and give me your input in my guestbook.

(The image in the upper left belongs to me as do the photos in the photo gallery below.)


How to Create Custom Lampshades by Mickie_G is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

How I Decopaged My Lampshade: - Click on each photo to enlarge it and read the instructions:

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Supplies laid out that I might need. I found the Tacky Glue too thick and watered it down in the bowl.Before!Gently ripping the pages out of the old book. Remember, it was one that was beyond repair.Dusting off the lamp shade with a dry dusting sponge.Applying the glue to a small area of the lampshade. I like to work in small batches.Where you place the pages is not really important. Since this book had no illustrations, the most interesting pages had the Capital letters on them. I tried not to cover the letters. I used all 26 pages.I brushed the watered down glue over the top of the pages after I applied them to the shade. This was done to provide a seal. It also became a dull glaze--as opposed to a really shiny one. I prefer dull.Used my hand to rub the pages in place.Trimming the bottom with scissors.Trimmed the top with the box cutter. Be careful!
Supplies laid out that I might need. I found the Tacky Glue too thick and watered it down in the bowl.
Supplies laid out that I might need. I found the Tacky Glue too thick and watered it down in the bowl.
Before!
Before!
Gently ripping the pages out of the old book. Remember, it was one that was beyond repair.
Gently ripping the pages out of the old book. Remember, it was one that was beyond repair.
Dusting off the lamp shade with a dry dusting sponge.
Dusting off the lamp shade with a dry dusting sponge.
Applying the glue to a small area of the lampshade. I like to work in small batches.
Applying the glue to a small area of the lampshade. I like to work in small batches.
Where you place the pages is not really important. Since this book had no illustrations, the most interesting pages had the Capital letters on them. I tried not to cover the letters. I used all 26 pages.
Where you place the pages is not really important. Since this book had no illustrations, the most interesting pages had the Capital letters on them. I tried not to cover the letters. I used all 26 pages.
I brushed the watered down glue over the top of the pages after I applied them to the shade. This was done to provide a seal. It also became a dull glaze--as opposed to a really shiny one. I prefer dull.
I brushed the watered down glue over the top of the pages after I applied them to the shade. This was done to provide a seal. It also became a dull glaze--as opposed to a really shiny one. I prefer dull.
Used my hand to rub the pages in place.
Used my hand to rub the pages in place.
Trimming the bottom with scissors.
Trimming the bottom with scissors.
Trimmed the top with the box cutter. Be careful!
Trimmed the top with the box cutter. Be careful!

About Mickie_G's lamp:

A little home d├ęcor history--

The lamp base used in my lampshade project has been around for a long time. It was mine when I was 13 years old. It is white hobnail glass and the original shade was pink velveteen. It kind of looked like a wide brimmed loopy hat.

I am scouring the web for a picture of this shade. The lamp was made in the early 1960s. If you have a photo of one, please send it to me so I can see if it is the one. Check back later to see if I found it.

Supplies You might need for a custom lampshade project:

One can always upcycle an old lampshade, but sometimes buying a brand new shade in a different shape could update an old lamp. If you like color, pages from an old dictionary will not satisfy you--unless it is an old illustrated child's dictionary. Scrapbooking paper might be the ticket. Consider using fabric scraps, too. Here is a link to a page that will teach you how to use fabric on lampshades to make a customized shade: Fabric Covered Lampshades.

Craft Glues to make a lampshade: - 2 parts glue to 1 part water; mix well

I found that the "Tacky Glue" in the gold bottle was just too thick to use for my lampshade project. It was also difficult for me to thin with water--but that could just be me.

If you have Elmer's Glue on hand -- as most of us do, just use that. Thin it with water if you find it too thick.

Sobo Glue is made in the USA. I need to buy some of this glue. I used it many years ago and remember it being a great all purpose craft glue.

How to Choose the best lightblub for your newly decorated lampshade:

Accordng to Lampshade Buying Tips, "Be sure you have 2-3 inch separation from bulb to shade, especially for higher wattage bulbs. Be sure the top opening is wide enough to vent the heat. Compact Fluorescent bulbs are great for most lamps because they burn cooler, but you may need larger harp since CFL's are taller than standard light bulbs."

Supplies mentioned in the "Decorating Lampshades" Videos:

3M Spray Mount Artist's Adhesive, One 10.25 Ounce Can (MMM6065)
3M Spray Mount Artist's Adhesive, One 10.25 Ounce Can (MMM6065)

Made in the USA.

Practice before you use this product on your project.

 

Additional Inspiration for customizing your lampshades! - Copy, imitate, use or expand on these decorating ideas:

Yes, a clickable list of ideas. Hope you find some inspiration from this list of websites. I know I did.

BTW, I got permission from the bloggers or writers to use their photographs.

Is my custom lampshade completed?

OK all you crafty people out there, is my lampshade finished? If you think I am not finished decorating lampshades at my house, give me ideas. Please! (you do not have to be a member of Squidoo to make a suggestion)

Share, share, share! We all need ideas to steal.

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      playulheart 3 years ago

      I love this. When I was in Korea, I re-did a shelf with newspaper with hangul (the korean script) on it and it looked great. Very exotic too!

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      Rose Jones 3 years ago

      No, only thought about it. Your lens really helps. I read the lens with great interest and enjoyed the videos. I like the idea of making personalized lampshades - good, cheap, thoughtful presents.

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      angelatvs 3 years ago

      love it, we did one with maps last week

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      Mickie Goad 4 years ago

      @rattie lm: I am all about reusing and making old stuff better!

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      rattie lm 4 years ago

      Gorgeous! I can't wait to start one of these. Was just about to throw out some lamps, but now they have been given a reprieve.

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      These are great. Thanks for sharing.

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      TheArtLibrarian 5 years ago

      No, I haven't, but thanks to this lens, I now know how to do it!

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      TenPoundTenor 5 years ago

      This is such a cool idea. I'm going to give this a try. Thank you so very much

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      lclchors 5 years ago

      yea but just with paint

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      ianbwfc1 5 years ago

      We specialise in making fabric lampshades to order and often recover people's old lampshades at www.premierlampshades.co.uk

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      RocklawnArts 5 years ago

      No, but I have made a few lamps.

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      That first video is so funny! I have so many lampshades that need to be replaced. I love the ideas here for remodeling them! Thanks!

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      SecondHandJoe LM 5 years ago

      Your lens is affecting everyone the same- we all wanna buy a plain lampshade and try to show up yours!!! lol

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      lesliesinclair 5 years ago

      It's another one of those projects I may undertake when I finish my next painting, or the next one.:-)

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      Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

      I've never decorated a lampshade, but these are great ideas!

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      Odille Rault 5 years ago from Gloucester

      What a wonderfully novel idea! I think I'm going to buy a plain lampshade especially so I can decorate it! Great lens! Blessed. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Oh heck,now I want to go outside and spray paint the base of an old lamp, and play with the shade, you have really inspired me :)

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      agoofyidea 5 years ago

      I had a lampshade in which the shade had separated from the metal ring at the top. I took red ribbon and stitched the ring back on using a large blanket stitch. I then left the two ends hanging down and attached small jingle bells to them. It looked like I did it on purpose, not as a repair.

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      dessertlover 6 years ago

      Sooo fun! I've been just dying to get a glue gun so that I can attempt crafty things like this!

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      Chazz 6 years ago from New York

      Blessed by the home décor neighborhood squid angel. Great job!

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      joanv334 6 years ago

      Hello, thanks for the great tips!

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      nelabai 6 years ago

      I'll show this to my fiancée, she will love it :)

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      Sir-Decorate-A-Lot 6 years ago

      If you like your lamp, and just want to change or re-furbish your shade, you can always try the folks at FenchelShades.com. They let you send in your own fabric (to match your curtains, or accent pillows, etc.) and they'll apply your fabric to a shade in any size you want.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      no not yet but this lense may change things !!!

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      mockingbird999 6 years ago

      I love your lamp shade. I have a lamp in my living room that I've been wanting to make a shade for. You've given me ideas.

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      tssfacts 6 years ago

      I have updated my lampshades with fabric before. It was fun to do and I think I used hot glue gun to attach it to the shade.

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      Rita-K 6 years ago

      Such a great lens! You have gotten me contemplating on how I can update my lampshades. Holiday themes would be fun!

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      alesxandrea 6 years ago

      im going to try this one time. great idea!

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      achang1 7 years ago

      Great lens! This lens definitely serves me as guide on how to decorate my own personal modern lampshade.

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      You know, I honestly hadn't thought about remodeling a lampshade, but this is a great idea. You could customize with fabric from the curtains too for a formal look and then go wild with the kids bedroom ideas. Love this!

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      puzzlerpaige 7 years ago

      What a cool idea! I have a lampshade which is the wrong color to match the lamp and room so I need to do something too. My lampshade is textured though, like the material is pleated so I don't know that this will work for me. Humm. Maybe if I use a LOT of decoupage it might work. I really like your dictionary idea.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      What a great idea! This is the one craft project I have always hesitated to jump into. I fear I would do something that would end up burning down my house :)

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      encouragingwords 7 years ago

      Such great ideas, I might make a lampshade hat!

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      Cynthia Arre 7 years ago from Quezon City

      Congratulations on your purple star, Mickie! This is a wonderful tutorial, I will definitely remodel one of our old lampshades using your tips (now that I know that it can be done) (: *angel blessed* too

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      GrowWear 7 years ago

      Really love your lampshade with the Webster's Dictionary! Wonderful for a library or reading area, and the "masthead" centered on it is a great touch.

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      Bambi Watson 7 years ago

      Great ideas!

      Congratulations on Graduating RocketMom!

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      kimmanleyort 7 years ago

      This is a great idea! I am not a crafty person but this looks like something I would love to do.

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      Deb Kingsbury 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      What a neat idea, using the old dictionary, and great tips. This would really perk up a room with lots of white shades.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Very crafty. I will have to try your idea.

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Great Craft Idea! Your lamp turned out quite well. I was going to try it on an old lamp but oops, senior's moment...I don't remember what I did with the lamp! I remember it had a nice maple base, too. :)

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      blue22d 7 years ago

      Love your lens. I have always wanted to redo a shade but felt I would not do well. I was always afraid of the glue showing through the shade. If I did one, I would probably try fabric first. Great job. ***** and a favorite to my lens: . I will want to try your lens later.

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      capriliz lm 7 years ago

      Thanks for featuring my Tie Dye Kits, Tips, and Techniques lens! You make it look so easy to decorate lampshades. I am going to try some of your suggestions.