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How to Create a Lampshade

Written by; Emily Carson / TCCN Staff Writer
Added on: Tue Aug 25 2009


Decorating one's home is a reflection of your style and your preferences. Sometimes, you just want to refresh the look of your home without spending a lot of money. Decorating does not mean "paint-by-numbers". In fact, that would be boring. It is the unexpected touches that draw attention as well as compliments. One easy way to add color or interest to a room is through the use of accessories. A project that delivers on the promise of transformation is to create a lampshade.

The real advantage of creating your own lampshade is the ability to either match or contrast your decor. For example, a blue and white living room can be accessorized by a soft yellow-hued lampshade. This is a complimentary color that provides a delightful infusion of another color. The tools needed for this project are: mixing stick, one 5-cm paintbrush, round or flat, one flat 1-cm artist paintbrush, one round 5-cm soft bristle paintbrush and a small paintbrush to use with stencils. The materials needed are: a paper lampshade, acrylic 100% latex paint, coloring pencil in black, Illusio products, low tack masking tape, rage and stencil.

To begin the project, apply the base color to the paper lampshade. Use a rounded paintbrush and apply the paint with light and angled movements. Wipe off any extra paints from the brush with a dry cloth. Neutrals are typically chosen as the base color as the foundation. It is important to let the paint dry until it is tack free.

Now your creativity comes into play. Use a specially made masking tape and outline those areas that you want to define. If you want a lampshade with polka dots, outline large circle shapes with the masking tape. Apply a high-quality acrylic paint to the inside of the outlined sections. On the areas not masked, paint a light coat. Carefully remove the tape while the paint is still wet. If the paint is allowed to dry, paint will come off with the tape when removing. Let the paint dry until it is tack free. Use another acrylic paint to color the unmasked sections. Again, let the paint dry until it is tack free.

Decorating the lampshade is the next step. The black coloring pencil is then used to stencil a repeating pattern. Perhaps simple seashells can be stencil on the lampshade in shades of off-white and soft peaches.

There are many other options for embellishing a lampshade. The possibilities are endless. Think of nylon butterflies adoring a lampshade in a little girl's room. For grown up girls, the lampshade styles include a simple trim shade, a rose and peonies shade, a square tassel shade, a beaded lampshade and a Victorian lampshade with braid and fringe. Use up those leftover ribbons or scrunched-up thin sheets of gift paper for your lampshade. Don't overlook the dramatic appeal of a fabric lampshade adorned with tassels, beads, braids and fringes.

Making your own lampshade is a simple and enjoyable decorating project. It is simply beautiful!


Copyright: 2009

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