How to Decoupage With Fabric & Create a Boho Patchwork Lampshade

Susan Goode
by Susan Goode
7 Materials
1 Hour

I just love covering things in fabric to transform and breathe life into them again. This plain lampshade was a quick little project to do just that. Let's get started with this decoupaged patchwork lamp DIY!

Lovely Patchwork Lampshade

I chose fabrics that would give pattern, texture, and a cool and warm mix of colors. I used leftover pieces of fabric along with some thin cotton squares that are made for crafts.

Plain lampshade ready to decoupage

1. Apply Mod Podge before the fabric

I applied Mod Podge Matte Sealant with a sponge applicator directly onto the lampshade surface. I started from the top and worked downwards being careful to cover the shade with no gaps - there needs to be a little overlap between pieces of fabric.

Using Mod Podge to stick the fabric squares

2. Apply Mod Podge after the fabric

Continue until the whole lampshade is covered, then apply another generous layer of Mod Podge over the top. Sometimes, I found it easier to turn the lampshade upside down to place the fabric accurately.

Using Mod Podge over the fabric to seal firm

3. Add trim

I decided to use a sweet little turquoise bobble trim around the top and bottom edges to bring the piece to life! I carefully glued the trim into place with Mod Podge and slowly pressed it firmly in place as I moved all the way around. This part cant be rushed!

Glue Bobble trim with Mod Podge

DIY decoupage patchwork lampshade

I am so delighted with the result. What a transformation! What do you think? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • Ann marie Ann marie on Mar 02, 2019

    Did u put the mog podge on first b 4the material then after also? great job

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  • Doreen Kennedy Doreen Kennedy on Mar 27, 2020

    The patchwork decoupage with the trim looks fantastic

  • Kra51833533 Kra51833533 on Jan 14, 2022

    Book pages of different aged, yellow, different print types also work.

    • LAURA LAURA on Jan 28, 2024

      I thought this would be a good idea too, or aged postage style stickers you can get on Amazon, words , flowers, foliage etc.