Create a Beautiful Lamp Shade with Wallpaper

A Fun DIY Gift Idea!

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Make a statement with color or go classic with neutrals, either way you get to design a lampshade based on your own personal style and taste

Get crafty this holiday season and give the gift of a beautiful personalized lamp shade! Although wallpaper is designed to be used on the wall, there are actually many other uses for this stylish decorating option. From staircases to bookshelves, coffee tables and head boards, wallpaper can easily be used to refurbish and decorate a variety of furniture and home décor items.

Today we show you how to design a stunning lamp shade to either keep for yourself (we won’t tell!) or give as the perfect gift. Simply follow the steps below, while using the how-to video above as your guide. And if you still have questions, make sure to add them to the comment field and we will answer them as soon as we can!

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So simple, you’ll want to refresh all of your lamp shades!

Project Tools: 

1. X-Acto Knife

2. Measuring Tape

3. Rubber Cement Paste

4. Wallpaper Roll/Scraps

5. Lamp Shade

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For these non-drum shades, we cut our wallpaper into strips for a seamless application

Step 1: Test out your wallpaper in the glow of a light to make sure you like how the design is displayed with the added illumination

Step 2: Measure the height and circumference of your shade

Step 3: Cut a piece of wallpaper to your shades dimensions

Step 4: Apply the rubber cement to the wallpaper and/or shade base, smooth into place

Helpful Tip: For non-drum shades, slice your wallpaper into strips for easier application

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Voilà!

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Trending: Wood & Metal Mix in Décor

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Wood and metal could not be more different; one is natural, rugged and rustic, while the other is refined, modern and chic. When paired together, this opposite attraction creates a beautifully layered space full of both color and texture. With an assortment of looks and finishes from organic to shiny, this trendy match can take on a wide variety roles. Whether you’re designing a rustic interior or opting for a more modern space, this favored décor trend offers an impeccable option when redesigning the look of your home.

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Rustic Inspired

The combination of weathered wood coordinated alongside wrought-iron details, brings a rustic, rough-hewn appearance to décor that’s both organic and elegant. To achieve this natural vibe in your room, look for pieces where the wood is unrefined and the metal has an antique allure.

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Bright, retro style accent chairs matched against a reclaimed wood table and adorning metal seats, is a perfect eclectic look! Images via Apartment Therapy, Pinterest & Brewster Home Fashions

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To accomplish a more eclectic space, mix your finishes and styles of furniture together. Pair both wood and metal chairs alongside one another, or add in a pop of color or a dazzling metallic accent. Garnish with antique accessories such as a gilded metal frame or mirror. This look is funky and stylish and allows you the freedom to personalize as much or as little as you desire.

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Modern Masterpiece

Pairing wood that has a polished and smooth appearance beside ultra-refined metal as seen in the examples above brings modern flavor to décor, many times with an industrial look and feel that’s both stylish and chic. To achieve this contemporary coupling, use modern pieces of furniture as well as modern room accents to tie your whole look together.

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Even a soft touch of watercolor as seen in this duvet cover by Anthropologie, adds an enchanted allure to this simple bedroom look

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Watercolor motifs have easily weaved their way from the walls to the ceilings, as well as into a variety of décor accents such as pillows, tableware, rugs and bedding. With the ability to give your space instant character, pale soft tones tend to bring a more romantic vibe, while brighter, more vivid tones add a punch of flavor!

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With the ability to be used in so many different ways, whether you chose to accessorize, paint, wallpaper or accent, have fun incorporating this poetic look into your home.

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These kids rooms are over-the-top-awesome! From pirate rooms with actual ships to reading nooks guaranteed to encourage more reading and indoor tree houses, these kids bedrooms are downright dreamy! We love decorating for kids because you can have so much fun with colors and themes. These imaginative rooms definitely went the extra mile.

1. A robot motif reading nook: Not only does this bright and chic boys room have the perfect built-in bunk beds, it also has a separate little room, just for reading – and the whole space is printed with rad retro robots. We adore everything about this novel room.

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2. Pirate theme room with a built in boat and bridge: need we say more? This pirate room takes the theme to the next level with a boat hide-out accessed by a ladder and bridge. The walls and ceiling create an ocean adventure with a one of a kind mural.

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3. The ultimate pink girls room with a sleeping alcove. This dreamy pink room is so posh and pretty. We love the toile fabric and luxurious details, not to mention the regal bed. It is truly fit for a princess.

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4. This enchanted bedroom is straight out of a fairy tale! The custom round bed is built into a giant tree trunk and the walls have been built out with charming secret doors! We can imagine that this space inspires fantastic games of imagination and magic!

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5. A carnival circus theme kids room complete with an actual ferris wheel. We are dying to know if the ferris wheel actually works! Either way, this colorful and cute boys room decor takes the cake for creativity, as well as featuring a stylish mix of pattern and color.

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6. An actual castle bunk bed. This bunk bed features a ladder inside the castle turret and a gorgeous wall mural to create the illusion that you are indeed royalty. Talk about sleeping in style!

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7. A tree house theme room, inside your house. Every kid wants a treehouse right? This kid has one in their room! The tree itself is an incredible work or art, filling the wall and ceiling with beautiful branches and a ladder leads up into a secret hideaway!

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8. A room fit for a superstar! This great girls room sets the stage for pop star performances, poetry readings, dance recitals and dress up fashion shows. With a built-in stage area and a rolling wardrobe of clothes, this would be a very fun room to grow up in!

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9.A colorful boho-chic kids room with a teepee. This happy space has a chic mix of colors and prints, almost like an eclectic Anthropologie-esque space for your little one. We love the hanging feathers, lantern for late night reading illumination and soothing palette of blues and greens.

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Walls to couches, skirts, coats and headboards, cognac adds a warm energy to fashion as well as home décor (images from top left: Pantone.com, Pottery Barn, Brewster Home Fashions, Milk Magazine, Pinterest & Style.com)

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What is seen in fashion can also transition over to the home décor market. From warm leather sofas, stand out headboards, vintage accessories and cultured brown walls, cognac creates an interior that is stylish and chic as well as pleasant and enjoyable to live in. Whether it is the main focus of a room or subtle addition, adding in touch of this feel-good color provides your home with a comfortable living space.

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1. Bring dimension and symmetry to a long hallway by lining each wall in black and white photographs of the same shape and size

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2. Bring an element of surprise to your room by covering a vibrant wall in black and white photographs

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3. Mix both small and large photos to add interest to your space as well as keep the eye fascinated and moving

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4. Mix in one or two print’s that aren’t black and white for a pop of color

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5. Create an eclectic look by arranging your photographs asymmetrically

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Wallpaper Panels for a Pop of Pattern

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Create a beautiful mural with hanging wallpaper panels via SF Girl by Bay Blog

From covering walls to ceilings to tabletops, bookshelves and even headboards, wallpaper has truly remade itself in the home decor marketplace. Having been scrutinized and labeled with such terms as outdated and tacky, the new role its taken on is like a breath of fresh air. With endless possibilities that offer you both an affordable and easy design solution when redecorating your house, building a home from scratch in a new apartment or condo, or rather styling a trendy dorm room, wallpaper can make the old new again and turn the ordinary into something beautiful. Today we show you just how simple it is to take a single roll of wallpaper and turn it into a dazzling statement piece for walls. Let’s get started!

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Project: How to Make a Hanging Wallpaper Panel!

Tools & Supplies:

1 roll of wallpaper

2 wooden dowel rods

A piece of decorative string

Staple gun

Scissors

Ruler

Glue

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Step 1: Measure and cut the wallpaper to the exact length you need using a ruler and a pair of scissors (width is already precut for you!)

Step 2: Cut each dowel rod 1-2 inches longer than the width of your wallpaper

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Step 3: For both the top and the bottom, place the wallpaper over the rod, tucking into place and securing with a staple gun, stapling every couple inches

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Step 4: To make sure the rod stays in place, run a little glue down the length of your rod, making sure the edges are thoroughly fastened into place

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Step 5: To hang, take a piece of decorative cord and tie it to each end of the rod and then hang from a hook on the wall

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Ocean Front Home, Newport Beach CA via Houzz

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The Entryway:

Warm textiles, weathered wood and pops of blue and aqua, work to transition these high traffic areas into clean and comfortable entryways.

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A Coastal Chic Minneapolis Entryway via Houzz

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Comfy Beach House Entryways via Wayfair Coastal Living (left) and Taradennis.com (right)

The Kitchen:

Soft blues mixed with wood and wicker detailing and vintage beach signs, makes for a comfortable and warm eating area for everyone to enjoy.

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Coastal Kitchen Décor via Houzz (top & bottom)

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The Living Area:

Often the most occupied area in the home, clean white furniture mixed with nautical inspired pillows, wood detailing and pops of blue, aid in designing a perfect beach inspired living room.

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A Boca Raton Living Room via Houzz

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Coastal Vintage Style via Better Homes & Gardens (left) & A Beach Cottage Blog (right)

The Bedroom:

Below, elements of the sea are brought through in colorful prints and peaceful photographs inspiring a perfect relaxing escape for one to rest their head.

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A Santa Barbara Bedroom via Houzz

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Images via Houzz (left), Cabbage & Roses Winchelsea Beach Lookbook (middle) & DMagazine’s Home & Design Blog (right)

The Bathroom:

From shells to starfish to a fish net covered light fixture, coastal chic bathrooms often bring natural sea elements to life in new and exotic ways.

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Breezy Seaside Cottage Style Bathrooms via Houzz (left) & Elle Decor (right)

The Coastal Chic Details:

When it comes to coastal chic décor, little details do make a difference. An antique ship to a roped lamp to sea inspired curtains, all help to bring that perfect beach vibe inside to enjoy day after day.

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Coastal Chic Details from Pinterest (left & right) & A Beach Cottage Blog (middle)

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DIY Project: Wallpaper on Stair Risers!

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Alternate wallpaper designs for an exceptionally unique touch

From black and white prints to the more vibrant and colorful, adding a beautiful pattern to stair risers is an easy way to bring stylish detail to the interior of your home. With numerous ways to express your own individual design style, this is the perfect time to allow those creative juices to flow! Whether you choose a pretty floral print for a more romantic and girly feel or instead opt for a chic geometric for that dash of modern flavor, this simple DIY project will truly make a statement in your home as well impress those around you by showing off your artistic talents!

Project Tools:

  • 1 roll of wallpaper prepasted or unpasted (2 rolls+ if you are looking to alternate designs as seen in the picture above)
  • 1 can of acrylic wallcovering primer
  • 1 can of wallpaper paste/adhesive (if using unpasted wallpaper)
  • 1 quart of matte gloss or gloss clear acrylic
  • Household cleaner & sponge
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Wallpaper sponge/brush
  • Smoothing tool
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Before & After: Bare white stairs transformed into a lovely new décor statement

Project Directions:

  1. With your ruler, measure each stair riser separately as each stair could vary in size.
  2. Using your pencil, trace out each measurement on the back of your wallpaper and cut to size with a pair of scissors (read the wallpaper label to determine the exact pattern repeat, to ensure that each sheet remains proportional to one another).
  3. Next, wash your steps to make sure they are free of any dust or debris.
  4. Apply a thin coat of primer to each stair riser and let dry. This helps the wallpaper stick to the surface better as well as makes it easier to remove later.
  5. If you are using an unpasted wallpaper, apply a thin coat of paste to each stair. Next, press the wallpaper onto each stair riser and even into place with a smoothing tool. If you are using a prepasted wallpaper, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions on the correct booking time, and then use the same steps from above to apply.
  6. Wait until the wallpaper has completely dried, while making sure to wipe away any excess paste with a sponge.
  7. Lastly, apply a thin coat of glaze to protect your stairs from future wear and tear.

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