Take a boring lamp from plain to chic with these DIY ideas

While lamps serve a practical purpose in our homes, they can also be beautiful decor accents. This doesn't require buying expensive, trendy lamps. A simple and fun lampshade DIY project can take your lamp from ho-hum to "ooh ahh."
In addition to saving money, embarking on a lampshade DIY project will allow you to customize your lampshade to match perfectly with your home. If you're looking to add texture to a room, consider a yarn, button or rope lampshade DIY project. If you have a penchant for pattern, wallpaper, decoupaged napkin, or fabric lampshade projects will be right up your alley. Lastly, if you're looking for a change in color scheme, check out the painted lampshade project. Feel free to get creative and combine several of these techniques for a look that is all your own.
How to make a yarn lampshade
Any true crafter knows with a bundle of yarn comes endless possibilities. A textured lampshade is one of them. All you need is a lampshade, yarn, and a hot glue gun to secure the yarn. Yarn comes in every color imaginable so you will have no shortage of options. Layers of texture can be created if you wrap the yarn in different directions. This look is great for adding a bit of cozy warmth to a bedside table or reading nook. Get the tutorial here.
How to make a decoupaged napkin lampshade
If you're wondering what to do with leftover party napkins, here's an idea: Adorn your lampshade with them. All you need is a lampshade, some Modge Podge, a paintbrush, and paper napkins with a pattern that fits your style. If you're feeling experimental, create pattern play by pasting the napkins at different angles or combining different patterned napkins. Get the tutorial here.
How to cover a lampshade with wallpaper
There's no denying it, wallpaper has made a huge comeback. If you're looking to incorporate this trend into your home, here is one way to do it that doesn't require much commitment. Choose a patterned wallpaper to add interest to your lampshade, or one with subtle texture to add an air of refinement to a formal dining or seating area. Get the tutorial here.
How to make a painted lampshade
A quick paint job is a simple way to makeover your lampshade to match your color scheme. Chances are you already have the paint you need for this project at home. You can paint your lampshade to match your walls for a monochromatic effect, or choose a pop of color and create a focal point. Add trim or ribbon to the base of your lampshade for an extra bit of flare. Get the tutorial here.
How to make a button lampshade
This button lampshade DIY project is great for a kid's bedroom or playroom. The colorful buttons and fabric flowers makes this option playful and fun. Consider collecting buttons and items that have sentimental value to turn this into a real keepsake. No sewing required! Get the tutorial here.
How to make a rope lampshade
Add nautical flare to any room with this simple DIY rope lampshade. This look is perfect for coastal or rustic decor. The braiding of the rope adds texture and visual interest and contrasts beautifully with the base of the lamp. All you need is rope, a lampshade, and glue. Get the tutorial here.
How cover a lampshade with fabric
Say goodbye to boring lampshades! Introduce a unique pattern into your living area by covering your lampshade in fabric. Consider scale when choosing fabric with a pattern. If the pattern is too big, it may be hard to tell what it is, too small and it will appear busy and distracting. Take your lampshade with you when you go to the fabric store to assure the pattern works with the size and shape of your lampshade. Get the tutorial here.

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