Directions on Decorating Lampshades

Finding a lamp and lampshade combo that directly matches the decor of your room often becomes challenging. Instead of all the frustration, you can decorate the lampshades to match your decor and create shades unlike any you have ever seen. Whether you choose lampshades made of paper, fabric, glass, wood, or other natural materials, you can easily decorate any type of lampshade with various paints, beads and découpages.

Paint the lampshades to match the colours throughout each room. For lamps with glass shades, use either transparent glass paint or acrylic paint. For paper and wood shades, try acrylic paints and water colours. For fabric shades, use water colours that seep into the fabric or acrylics that sit on the surface of the shades. You may also paint images and designs onto the lampshades. Use stencils to keep your images or any text on the lampshades as neat as possible.

Cover the lampshade in beads. Use either plastic or glass beads, and attach them to any type of lampshade. You may use beads of various colours to create a random or patterned mosaic, or simply use beads of one colour or shades of the same colour. Stick the beads onto the lampshade with heat-resistant glue. You may want to cover the entire shade or just place beads over seams on the lampshade.

Découpage the lampshades with photographs or decals. Find photos or decals you want to include on the lampshade. You may choose things you like or things that match your room decor Cut these pictures or decals out into desired shapes, and apply heat-resistant glue to the back of the picture and onto the lampshade. Stick the photo or decal onto the lampshade and apply spray clear polyurethane over the découpage to prevent peeling and protect the images.

Trim the top, bottom, and any side seams on the lampshade with lace or beaded lace and borders. Attach the lace and borders with heat-resistant glue or fabric glue along the top and bottom of the lampshade. You may also place the lace and bordering materials over seams or along only the bottom of the lampshade.

Things You'll Need

  • Glass paint
  • Acrylic paint
  • Water colour paints
  • Stencils
  • Beads
  • Heat-resistant glue
  • Photographs
  • Decals
  • Clear polyurethane spray
  • Lace
  • Beaded lace
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Penny Porter is a full-time professional writer and a contributor to "Kraze" magazine. She is pursuing a bachelor's degree in journalism at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky.