For the love of craft: Jazzing up a lampshade

Following my terrible first attempt at screen printing, I’m so proud to share with you my very successful stencilled lampshade!

Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Plain white lampshade (mine was cotton, but I recommend canvas)
  • Oil based spray paint in a colour of your choice (I went for mint green)
  • Contact paper (otherwise known as sticky back plastic – you know, that stuff you used to cover your exercise books with at school!)
  • Marker pen
  • Scissors
The method:
1. First of all, measure the circumference of the light shade and mark those measurements onto the sticky back plastic (you’ll wrap the plastic around the shade eventually so that’s why you’re marking measurements).
2. Draw your pattern onto the back of the sticky plastic – something with solid blocks of pattern is  good as you’ll cut it into a stencil, so don’t want it to be too fiddly.  Unless you’ve got incredibly steady hands and cutting skills!
3. Cut out your stencil shapes and peel off the back of the plastic – position and stick the shapes onto the shade as you want them
4. Shake the spray paint up until you hear it rattle – (I recommend taking the shade outside for this bit and wear gloves and old clothes!). Spray the shade all over, avoiding the inside of the lampshade.
5. Leave to dry for at least 2 hours, then peel off the sticky black plastic to reveal your pattern.
Et voila – let there be light!
Happy crafting,
Marie ♥

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