Add a Pop of Color to a Plain Lampshade with This Easy DIY Project

This funky neon lampshade is hard to miss when you walk in a room but oh-so-easy to make.

Punch up a plain lampshade with vintage lace and a pop of bright color.

Add color and texture to a basic circular lampshade with this DIY neon design. To make it, paint lace fabric with neon paint, then apply it to the lampshade. The process couldn't be any simpler!

Although bold and bright, neon works well in many different rooms. From a drab entryway in need of a little light to a teen's bedroom that could use a touch of trend, neon decor is an easy way to make a statement. We used neon yellow for our shade, but feel free to experiment with other vibrant hues, such as pink, blue, and orange. 

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What You Need

  • Lampshade
  • Lace fabric
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Kraft paper
  • Neon paint
  • Paint roller
  • Fabric adhesive

Step 1: Measure Lampshade

Lay your lace fabric flat on a surface. Then place the lampshade, curved side down, on the fabric. Roughly measure and mark with a pencil the amount of fabric you'll need to cover the shade. 

Step 2: Cut Fabric

Using your marked measurement as a guide, cut enough lace to wrap around the shade. For this step, cut wisely. You can always trim excess fabric, but you'll have to start over if you cut too little. 

Step 3: Paint Lace

Protect your work surface by laying down a length of kraft paper. Roll neon paint evenly onto the fabric with a paint roller. Let lace dry on a clean, covered surface before moving on to the next step. 

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Step 4: Adhere Fabric to Lamp

Once dry, flip the lace over. Liberally apply a fabric adhesive to the non-painted side. Working quickly but carefully, place the fabric onto the shade. Tuck edges in as you go. Let dry and trim excess fabric as needed. Place shade on lamp base.

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