Easy Upgrade: 3 Ways to Customize Plain Lampshades with Drawings

Easy Upgrade: 3 Ways to Customize Plain Lampshades with Drawings

Taryn Williford
Aug 5, 2013

It turns out all that's needed to transform a boring lamp into a vignette-worthy statement piece is a marker and a good approach. Even non-artsy types can get in on the makeover fun with one of these three easy techniques. 

Use a Template
Marlene of Jade and Fern created the light bulb print on a white shade with a DIY template cut from cardboard. With a consistent shape to guide your drawing and spacing, it's easy to give a plain lamp shade the look of patterned fabric.

Trace It
Who needs a lightbox when you have a lamp? Tape drawings to the inside of a shade before putting the the shade back on the lamp and turning it on. The designs are illuminated from the back, making it easy to trace patterns, like the Parisian-inspired elements on this lamp from Kelly of The Moon and Me.

Go Freehand
With just some basic skills and great inspiration, anyone can freestyle a drawing onto a lampshade. The sky's the limit! Copy a favorite fabric, work of art, or photo, or freehand an organic illustration like this one from Bonnie of On The Way.

(Images: Jade and FernThe Moon and MeOn The Way)

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