Saturday, September 26, 2009

how to girl-ify a lamp shade




have you heard of freezer paper stencils? they are great fun. i have freezer paper stenciled t-shirts, onesies and bibs. recently i wanted to embellish my daughters lamp shade but i wasn't sure how. then i got the crazy idea to use freezer paper stencils on it. i painstakingly cut out the very detailed zinnia design. i layered three sheets so i only had to cut out the design once thankfully.


i have to be honest, i would probably not do this again. it was almost impossible to get the freezer paper to stick to my linen lamp shade and the end result was not as clean as you usually get with the freezer paper stencils. i also had to be really careful to not melt the plastic liner when ironing the stencil onto the shade.


see how smudged the flowers are? it drives me nuts!


but sutton ooohed and ahhhed over the lamp and it looks good from a distance so we'll keep it!


part of DIY day at A Soft Place to Land.

22 comments:

Nicole said...

Pretty! I like it a lot.

jen said...

I guess I'll have to see it in person because you can't really tell that the flowers are smudged. You're way more patient than I am! It looks lovely on Sutton's nightstand.

merathon said...

yeah, doesn't look smudged at all to me either, so no worries-- you haven't ruined your perfect reputation for amazing home projects!

Jen R. said...

I think it's cute!

Green Me Alison said...

I think it looks just right! Plus, I've noticed smudges and other perfections are hardly ever noticed by other people!

Coincidentally, I just updated two bedroom lamp shades this week by gluing on new fabric and trim. It was super easy to stretch and glue the fabric, the glue was messy at first, but dried clear without any muck. So, if you did another, you might try the stencil patter on a piece of fabric cut to the size of the lamp shade, which you could then glue on with fabric glue!

P.s. Your blog was just recommended to me by a friend and I've been having a blast reading through your posts!

Maryeliz said...

I honestly can't see the smudges. It's so very pretty. Looks like something they would charge a lot for on Garnet Hill.com!

Melissa {is•ly} said...

What a great idea for redecorating a lampshade! Last year I was looking around for some funky lampshades and got SO disappointed.

I'm impressed you did that all with freezer paper and an exacto. Serious props.

Tammy said...

Just discovered your blog today. Wanted to let you know - I love it! Thanks for the great ideas and inspiration. I love the spray painting post. I need to spray some more colors, less black and ivory. Please post more of what you've done!

Andi said...

It looks great in the pictures!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Wow, that is SO pretty! I want to do this asap. I've been looking for a plain orange shade. I think a white shade with this in orange would be perfect for my needs. I'll be linking as well. Also, how in the world did I miss your gorgeous family tree templates?!?! I love that project! I'll be linking to that one as well. I just love it here!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Ooh and smudges? What smudges? It looks gorgeous! =)

Happy Together said...

Ooooooo. I think it looks beautiful!

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Oh how cute! Looks like it came from PB or Ballards! Great idea for stencils too...freezer paper!

Saw you are from NC! Me too! :) It's always nice to discover fellow Carolina Bloggers! ~Rhonda

KellyH said...

Too Cute!

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

What a great difference a little paint makes!...so much cuter!!!

Erin said...

thanks everyone!

green me alison- you are right it would have been so much easier to paint flat fabric and then adhere it to the shade. i really should have thought of that. especially since i have recovered lamp shades in the past!! thanks for the suggestion!

myrepurposedlife.blogspot.com said...

we learn as we go... that's the fun part of this whole experience!
very cute lamp!
gail

Mandy said...

Looks perfect from here!
Very cute!

2sisters said...

Darling!!! I have been wanting to redo my daughters lamp, how do you do freezer paper stencils?
2sisters2gether@gmail.com

Char said...

I love that you're keeping it real and admit that you wouldn't do this again! ROFL!

It's way cute, though!

Wendy said...

Now THAT is adorable!

theartfulabode said...

i think it's look great! what a cute idea. :) and i'm sure your daughter loved it!

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