How to Decoupage With Pretty Pink Roses on a Lampshade Project

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I wanted a warm pretty lampshade to compliment my bedroom and found just the perfect plain lampshade in need of a make over in my local charity shop.

The shade is nice shape and well made just perfect to dress up with pretty paper flowers. I thought the piping that was already on it would compliment well the colors I chose to decorate too.

I chose Paw decoupage Decor selection of paper serviettes in two different rose designs.

Paper rose design Serviettes

It is important to cut around the shape you want with good sharp scissors and separate the tissue layers once cut, by blowing gently into the edge. It should just peel away then easily. It is delicate and careful not to tear. Just use the top printed layer to stick on the shade. I started from the top and worked downwards.

Separate top layer of tissue.

I use sponge applicators that have a good soak up and I use Modpodge waterbase adhesive and sealer in Matte finish. I didn't want the outside to be shiny so Matt finish is best for light shades I find gives a better glow.

use Matte Modpodge to stick roses on shade

Keep filling up each panel going all the way to edges with your paper roses both small and large whatsoever the space dictates and over lap is necessary to make sure no gaps.

Is best to soak both shade and also over the top of the whole paper piece so it is firm and adhered making sure any wrinkles and air bubbles are gently pressed out with sponge as you go.

Modpodge gently over the tissue paper

I wanted to pretty it more with a pink bobble trim along edges. I used more Modpodge along edges to gently feed trim around and stick down in place on top and bottom of shade. it needs to pressed firmly and takes about an hour to dry fully.

Using Modpodge to stick bobble trim on edges

I am thrilled with the final piece transformed into a real pretty delicate roses lampshade.

How to Decoupage Pink Roses Lampshade project

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  • Moonyeen Moonyeen on Jan 19, 2019

    What a clever idea Susan, it turned out beautifully. The one thing I'm wondering about, is when you said that you dampen the lampshade itself. When it dries there no stains on the inside?


    • Susan Goode Susan Goode on Jan 19, 2019

      Thank you Moonyeen, It seems to dry with no stain of the glue and gets absorbed into the fabric and paper. It is my first try at lampshade and it seems to be a winner!

    • N. G. Londonderry N. G. Londonderry on Jan 19, 2019

      I have a shade very much like this and it has a separate fabric liner that doesn’t touch the outside of the shade. Otherwise I would wonder about staining,too.

    • Marge Cadieux Marge Cadieux on Jan 19, 2019

      It came out very nice but How did you keep the metal frame from rusting? i painted a shade and it all rusted

    • Moonyeen Moonyeen on Jan 19, 2019

      Sorry, N. G.

    • Rosie Rosie on Jan 22, 2019

      Beautiful !

  • Kathy Kathy on Jan 19, 2019

    Do you put modge podge on top of the napkins as well or just on the lamp shade itself ?

    • Jacx Jacx on Jan 20, 2019

      I would assume only on the shade, once dry, then on top of the paper. The tissue is very fragile and wouldn't stand the wet brushing. I did a box and had to handle it tenderly! Practice first on something else. It helps to get the feel as well as to make sure the paper doesn't bleed color. Some do! Red can be bad. I ended up spraying the sheet w hair spray first, it sealed it just enough. Always check!

    • Kathy Kathy on Jan 20, 2019

      thank you for explaining and responding so quickly your lamp is so pretty great job.

    • Susan Goode Susan Goode on Jan 21, 2019

      I generously brush over the paper as soon as I have glued to shade as its is best I find to smooth out wrinkles and the sponge applicators glide quite easily over the delicate top and coat them to give protective hard surface when dry.

  • Faith Hewes Faith Hewes on Jan 26, 2019

    Won't the heat from the bulbs eventually crack the decoupage?

    • Paul Young Paul Young on Jan 26, 2019

      An LED light bulb wouldn't

    • Kat Rogers Kat Rogers on Jan 26, 2019

      Correct, Paul. Faith, LED light bulbs do not give off any heat~ they're great.

    • Susan Goode Susan Goode on Jan 26, 2019

      The heat from my low energy bulb is minimal and doesn't seem to have any effect on outside of shade. Good idea with LED though thanks

    • Faith Hewes Faith Hewes on Feb 11, 2019

      Thank you ladies❣️ BTW... I love the lil table that you have the lamp on. I'm sure you fixed that lil beauty up too didn't you?? 😉

  • Rodney Rohlfing Rodney Rohlfing on Jan 26, 2019

    I’m still not clear on the product you used for the roses. It sounds like it had a sticky back

    • Susan Goode Susan Goode on Jan 26, 2019

      Hi The paper napkins / serviettes are with several layers and you just need to separate and just use the top printed layer. There is no sticky apart from the Mod POdge you apply.

    • Shuganne Shuganne on Apr 14, 2019

      That was my question, too, Rodney: what's the difference between a paper napkin and a serviette? Because its got a French name is it especially thick tissue paper or special in some other way? Better ink? Higher cost?

    • Linda Linda on Sep 28, 2019

      A serviette and napkin are usually different shapes but essentially the same

  • Cristi Roe Cristi Roe on Jan 26, 2019

    Beautiful and skillfully done! Is it less bright due to the decoupage?

  • Michelle Michelle on Jan 26, 2019

    Would a white lamp shade work ?

  • Rachelle Rachelle on Jan 26, 2019

    Would this technic work with photos as well?? I was trying to figure out how do do a photo shade on lamps I picked up cheap.

    • Susan Goode Susan Goode on Jan 27, 2019

      I think it would work.although the paper to be as thin as you can get is better but I did a table with photos and printed pics and it was super! Go for it!

    • Shuganne Shuganne on Apr 14, 2019

      I would suggest xeroxing the pictures, both so the pictures are still pristine and because the paper is lighter weight.

      Further, the pictures are a special finish - glossy, matte, etc. that might interact with the Modpodge in unexpected ways. Maybe experiment with unwanted pictures? I'm sure you'd have to peel some of the heavy backing away.

      Please share when you are finished! It doesn't take much to write up your project, just snap pics along the way. Maybe you and a crafty friend could take turns photographing each other's project!

  • Joy Joy on Jan 26, 2019

    so cute!.....I just love that little table.....did u make that too?

    • Susan Goode Susan Goode on Jan 27, 2019

      Thank you and yes I make and sell my items though I do use them a lot too as so functional as well as pretty!

  • Linda Linda on Jan 27, 2019

    What size wattage bulb can you use with this lamp shade? Will the bulb cause the Mod Podge to melt?

  • Cindy Murphy Carpenter Cindy Murphy Carpenter on Jan 27, 2019

    Can you paint the lamp

    shade? Cindy Carpenter

    • Susan Goode Susan Goode on Jan 30, 2019

      I have never tried this but is worth an experiment maybe!

    • Maureen Maureen on Feb 17, 2019

      I have painted many can use spray paint or craft paint.

    • Christine Sandow Christine Sandow on Jan 08, 2021

      Well done, Cindy. Just beautiful! This would be for a room where you don't need it for a light source. In the daytime, the visual is stunning. When the lamp is lit in the dark, anything like your technique or paint will lose its translucence and the light will only go down or go up. Its rose pattern will not be discernible by lighting the lamp. Paint on the shade will similarly block the light. This has been my experience, and I felt compelled to share. Cindy, I love that you are a fellow lamp renovator! Thank you for sharing your idea!

  • Carol White Etchison Carol White Etchison on Mar 14, 2019

    Beautiful! Do you have to clean the shade before you decorate, if so what do you use if it’s really dusty?

    • Susan Goode Susan Goode on Mar 14, 2019

      Yes if about dusty A damp cloth usually is ok if linen.

    • Jacx Jacx on Jan 06, 2020

      You can use a soft brush as it won't wet the dirt. You can also use the soft brush on the vacuum.

  • Cherie Cherie on Feb 20, 2020

    so can you see the cut lines when the light is on?

    • Susan Goode Susan Goode on Feb 20, 2020

      No as they are sort of me flow into each other with glue and maybe little bumpy overlap in places but not big deal in overall design

  • Rose Ann Smargie Rose Ann Smargie on Jan 07, 2021

    Pretty lampshade. Have you thought about painting the lamp in a cream color? I think it would compliment the shade.

    • Susan Goode Susan Goode on Jan 08, 2021

      Thank you and I did paint one of the pair bases actually on a different project see my tutorials.


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