How to Put Pictures on a Lamp Shade

Written by jennifer habersham | 13/05/2017
How to Put Pictures on a Lamp Shade
Add your pictures to a light-coloured lamp shade. (lamp isolated, furniture image by JoLin from

Decorative lampshades can be quite expensive. Even with the variety of lampshades and coverings available on the market, it can still be difficult to find the one that matches your decorating motif. Instead of paying a large sum of money to have the lampshades custom made, you can make it yourself in the comfort of your own home. You can use pictures from magazines, books, newspapers or those you print out, to decorate your lampshade.

Choose a lamp shade that is light in colour. Inexpensive white or off-white lampshades can be purchased at numerous hobby or discount department stores.

Dust your lamp shade. If it is dirty, wipe it down with a damp washcloth.

Cut out your pictures. Pictures from magazines or books will work well. If you want to use personal photographs, scan the pictures first and print them out on computer paper. If you use real photos, the light will not shine through.

Dip your foam craft brush into the découpage and apply to a small area of the lamp shade.

Place the picture onto the découpage you just added to the lampshade. Run your fingers over the picture, removing any air bubbles or curling.

Apply a coat of découpage over the picture.

Continue in this fashion until you have covered the lamp shade with pictures. Allow the lamp shade to dry. Once dry, apply two more coast of découpage. Allow the lamp shade to dry between applications.

Things you need

  • Light-coloured lampshade
  • Duster
  • Pictures
  • Scissors
  • Découpage medium
  • Foam craft brush

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