10 Ways to Reinvent a Lampshade

10 Ways to Reinvent a Lampshade

If you've ever bought a lampshade you know it isn't exactly the most exciting item to shop for. The shades and drums that are readily available tend to be pretty basic and lack personality, or they cost an arm and a leg. Luckily, there are plenty of DIY options for those inexpensive store bought shades, so you won't have to shell out a ton of cash to get a designer look. Here are ten ways to reinvent a basic lampshade on a budget.   

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1. Make a lace pattern lamp shade

2. Use washi tape to create a unique lampshade liner

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3. Use a fabric stencil to paint a pattern

4. Refinish the surface of a lampshade with paper

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5. Tell a story with sharpie pens

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6. Create a dainty doily lampshade

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7. Give a lampshade the ombre treatment with yarn

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8. Learn how to recover a shade with fabric and trim

9. Add family photos to a standard drum lampshade

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10. Add a diamond detail with ribbon

Which one(s) of these will you try? Share your favorites in the comments below.


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liz on Aug 14, 2014:

I bought a great vintage flamingo lamp with a mis-matched lampshade th at the color did nothing for the lamp...i painted the lampshade a lite green I had from painting my walls.  The lampshade looks fab, like it was made for the lamp & easily done-30 min.

Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl on Sep 17, 2012:

Love all those lamp makeovers! Here's one more (using an old atlas): Vintage map lampshade

Vintage Map Lampshade

smilesAlot on Sep 13, 2012:

It's amazing how you can give a simple object a completely different feel with just a little DIY. :)

Great ideas! 

how2home on Sep 13, 2012:

These ideas are awesome! Such a great little upgrade :) 

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