Make Your Own Lamp Shade
Here's a fun way to take an inexpensive lamp shade (in the range of 15 bucks!) and turn it into something creative and fun for the nursery or playroom. Tape and paint turn a plain shade into a customized solution for any nursery décor!
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
- Lamp shade
- Painter’s tape or stenciling tape
- 3 different colors of paint
- Heat gun or hair dryer (optional)
Assemble the necessary materials and if necessary dust the surface of the lamp shade. It is best to have a variety of brush sizes to use for different areas of the lamp shade. Smaller brushes will help with touch-ups if necessary.
Make Your Zig-Zag
Starting about 1 inches from the edge of the lamp shade, add a zig-zag line of tape around the lamp shade by using 2- to 3-inch long strips. The zig-zag design can be varied in height and length. The points at which the pieces of tape meet, will often times have extra bits of tape sticking out—fix them by using small scissors to make straight edges.
Tape the Bottom
Add tape to the bottom edge (just above the metal frame) of the lamp shade. Make sure that the tape is completely parallel to the edge of the shade. Unlike the zig-zag design, it is best for this to be as precise as possible.
Paint the area in between the zig-zag and straight edge tape in the color you’d like to be the most dominant. Add a second coat if the paint looks too translucent. Before starting to paint a second color it is best to let this first pass dry completely. A heat gun or hair dryer could speed up the process.
Zig Zag Again
Tape a second zig-zag line about 1 inches above the first one. Follow the angles in a relaxed way. There is no need for the angles of both lines to line up. In fact, the shade will look more interesting if the lines don’t match up very much. Aside from the angle you may also consider the space you leave between the two taped lines—they don’t need to be even either. Paint the area between the two taped zig-zags a second color. In this case it’s red.
Repeat step 5 for a third color. The distance between the second and third taped zig-zags is about 1/2 an inch. When the tape is removed there may be areas where the paint seeps under the tape just fix the area by using a thing brush and painting over the dripping paint. This will make the white areas narrower but just take it as part of the overall handmade design look!
Add the Ribbon
Use scissors and glue to cut and attach a strip of ribbon to the bottom edge of the first color of paint. The ribbon should start and finish at the seam of the lamp shade.
The project is now complete, but don’t let that stop your creativity! Other embellishments such as 3D paper flowers, butterflies, buttons, or chip board letters could be added over the zig-zag design to add a more personal touch.
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