How to Transform Your Lampshades With a Vintage Floral Makeover

3 Materials
1 Hour

I love decoupage as a way of transforming dull and plain into colourful and wow! It’s so easy and anyone can do it!

I gather some pva glue, which I water down a little and a small paint brush. An old plain blue standard lampshade and some thin printed paper with old florals and seeds adverts that create the look I’m after. You could find any images on paper that you like and catalogues magazines or print out from internet.

Old lampshade and floral pics

I use sharp scissors to cut the images into various sizes and decide to keep a thin white border to help create some framing.

Cutting the paper

I have two or three of each design and aim to spread these around the lamp shade so that no two pieces of the same design are next to each other.

I love the vintage old florals they are so rich colourful and beautiful.

Glue onto the shade

I use the watered down pva glue with a brush working it into the cotton shade and also I put a thin cover of pva onto back of the paper cut out.

I press firmly and align the paper to the edge of the lampshade. This helps to keep all other images straight and positioned right.

Once in place I use a thin coat of pva glue over the top to smooth it into place and reduce any air bubbles and smooth any creases out. Be careful not to rip the wet paper.

Cover paper with pva

I continue around the lampshade choosing lovely florals to sit beside each other and colour and compliment a match.

Sticking on florals

I continue to smooth out and paste lightly with some pva to seal and protect the images from sunlight fading and dust.

I leave it to dry for an hour and then pop it onto the lamp stand for a bright light up!

Floral lampshade
Floral decoupage
Floral shade

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