8 Ways to Decorate a Lampshade
Update the look of a room by transforming a plain lampshade into an attractive room accent with a few personal touches. A strip of fabric, a few sequins, a swash of paint or a lovely silhouette can turn a lampshade from drab to fab. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Decorate with baubles and beads
Strands of beads or pieces of costume jewelry add a glamorous feel. Attach strings of beads along the top and bottom edges of the lampshade with hot glue. Sew small hanging jewels along the bottom of the lampshade for a chandelier effect.
Add cut out silhouettes
Silhouettes of friends, pets or city skylines attached to a lampshade create interesting shadows when the lights are turned on. Use black craft paper to cut out the silhouette and attach to the inside of the lampshade with spray glue or hot glue.
Cover with fabric and notions
Scraps of fabric, leftover buttons and decorative lace offer unlimited opportunities to decorate a lampshade. Cover a lampshade with the bodice or sleeve of an old sweater. Sew buttons onto lampshades in colorful patterns. Make fabric flowers and glue to the lampshade. You can even use lace as a stencil and spray paint over it for a delicate pattern.
Add color with fabric paints
Fabric paints are an easy way to add your own design to a lampshade. Fabric paints come in a variety of colors. There are also glitter paints and paints that make a 3D effect.
Washi tape is another easy way to add color to a lampshade. Washi tape comes in a variety of colors, patterns and sizes. And, as a bonus, washi tape is not permanent and can be removed later.
Cut designs in the lampshade
For an effect that is the opposite of a silouette, cut designs into the lampshade. When the light is turned on, the light will shine through the lampshade and create a bright reflection on the wall.
Adorn with doilies
Create a romantic atmosphere by decorating a lampshade with doilies or handmade silk flowers. The doilies can be dyed in different colors that match the room décor. Create a soft glow by covering a lampshade in net, tulle, chiffon or organza fabric.
Cover with newsprint
Attach an old newspaper, book or map to a lampshade with a coat of Mod Podge. Any decorative paper, such as tissue paper or cutout pieces of craft paper, can also be affixed to a lampshade.