Decoupage lampshade tutorial

Well, as you know, I’ve been super excited to get to grips with the Mod Podge I recently bought. First I had a  few trial sessions re-covering the lids of some boring storage boxes. I was actually pretty happy with how it went. Here are the results:

I just slapped the stuff on with a paintbrush and smoothed the paper over it. One word of warning though, the paper does get air pockets in which you have to press out and as the paper is wet with glue it can disintegrate so be gentle!

After this practice I decided I was ready for my first project. I bought this lamp from ASDA (of all places!) for a bargain price but always planned to spruce it up a bit. I also had some very cute floral fabric that I loved but hadn’t yet found the right project for. After seeing this tutorial, I knew I’d found my spruce!


Here’s how I did it:

  1. Unattach shade from lamp- careful with hot bulbs and turn off the power first!
  2. Trace the circumference of the shade onto the back of the fabric. My shade was pitched so the fabric strip was curved.
  3. Cut the fabric carefully. Here’s your cover.
  4. Cover the entire shade with a layer of Mod Podge.
  5. Wait until it is tacky.
  6. Slowly and CAREFULLY smooth the fabric onto the shade- keeping it lined up.
  7. Smooth out air bubbles as you go- fabric is more forgiving than paper as it’s stretchy so you can manipulate it without ripping it.
  8. Leave to dry for 20 mins- I left it on the lamp stand to prevent the wet glue sticking to any surfaces.
  9. When dry, cover the fabric in a layer of Mod Podge- this seals it and prevents the edges from fraying.
  10. Once dry, add another layer if necessary.

Time for you to get cracking- I’d love to know what you’ve been decoupaging, get in touch or leave a comment!

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Decoupage Dreams

I apologise for being completely MIA for over a week now. In my defence I’ve been mega busy with jobs. Organising our art collection, re-upholstering headboards, sewing table runners, buying supplies for my stall at a boutique fair (more on this later) and looking after a sister with a broken wrist- all whilst holding down a full-time job. Phew! No wonder I’ve been stretched for time!

I had two VERY exciting deliveries this week, the first was some Annie Sloan chalk paint. So excited about this- I’ve wanted some for a while and only just discovered that there’s a stockist in our little town, hidden at the back of an antique shop- result!! I can’t wait to get crackign when I can find a spare evening. I found a DIVINE mirror in a charity shop that will be my first chalk paint project and also a little shelving unit and blackboard I want to spruce up. I’ve heard that a pot goes a long way- just as well it seems!
My second exciting delivery was Mod Podge. I’ve joined the fold.  I couldn’t take being surrounded by amazing decoupage projects any longer without joining in. My friend made me the cutest decoupage notebook for my birthday (it has Russian dolls on it, need I say more) and that was the last straw.

Now I have it, I want to cover everything in sight, the only problem is now that I can’t decide which project to start on first, I’m having inspiration overload. Should it be map coasters, a photo canvas, revamping an old wooden box or fancifying my lampshade. Too many options! Whilst I decide I thought I’d share some of the best projects using Mod Podge that the web (ok, Pinterest- but that all that matters really isn’t it?) has to offer…

For sources see my Pinterest board. And whilst you’re there, why not take a look around and follow me!