Tuesday, 28 January 2014

DIY Poppy Lampshade

Just a quick and easy D.I.Y post; I've been lampshade-less since moving into a new house for second year and have evidently been too lazy or forgetful to buy one for the best part of four months. So my Nan gave me one she had lying around at Christmas which she snapped up for £1.49 at Boyes (definitely student friendly if you're thinking of recreating this D.I.Y). Instead of having a boring plain-Jane white lampshade I decided to spruce it up by painting it with watercolour. Initially I wanted to paint pansies but because the paper on the lampshade is so absorbant this would have resulted in a sloppy mess, so I decided on poppies as the effects of the paper didn't matter so much. Here's the simple how to, you will need;

1x Paper Lampshade
1x Paintbrush
1x Watercolours
(Water and Newspaper if you're messy like me)

First, pop up the lampshade as instructed then you can either paint freely or draw general outlines in pencil first if you're not feeling confident but be careful not to press too hard. For this design I don't think you need to draw out the flowers as the messy, impressionistic style I find kind of works (although this wasn't my initial aim I got frustrated and then rushed the majority of the painting). Here's the finished lampshade which I think looks quite cute for so little money and effort!



  1. It looks fantastic! I really like the poppy print! You definitely are an artist! :)

    Sofie x
    Little green Sofie

  2. What a cute diy! Love the post!
    I nominated you for the Liebster Awards. More details in my blog, please check :)


  3. this is such a cool idea! Definitely going to try it X


  4. You have done an amazing job here!
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  5. What a great idea!!! Love what you've done!! Great job! Would you like to follow each other on GFC? Please let me know on my blog so I can follow back. Thank you.