I am so happy with my brand new, stylish watercolour lampshade! I had this lamp for ages and it showed.
Who doesn’t know this scenario? You own something too old or plain to be a favourite piece, but too useful to throw away (still working perfectly). The solution: make it a favourite piece again! Create something you love looking at again.
For this upcycling project, I used a “wet-in-wet” watercolour technique where the colour spreads on a wet surface and creates that typical watercolour effect that I love so much. Like with most watercolour projects (especially with this technique), it’s impossible to predict how the end result will look, so take it as a creative experiment and let yourself be surprised.
To make a watercolour lampshade with honeycomb you need:
- White fabric lampshade
- Fabric paint
- Small bowl to mix paint in
- Thick paper – gold OR thick white paper and spray paint
- Downloaded honeycomb template (get it here) OR hexagon punch
1 – Remove the shade from the lamp.
2 – Wet the lampshade all over with a sponge or cloth. Then dilute the fabric paint carefully with water until it’s liquid enough. Start applying the paint from the bottom up and let the paint spread.
3 – Let it dry. During the drying process, you can add paint where you want it to be darker or add water (with a clean brush) to dilute and create a watercolour effect. Let it dry completely.
4 – Print the honeycomb template on the back side of the thick gold paper.
You can easily make your own metallic paper by applying spray paint on one side of normal thick white paper, let it dry completely before proceeding. Print the honeycomb template on the white side.
5 – Cut out as many hexagons as you need. I cut out 16 in different sizes. You find three different sizes on the template.
6 – Before you reach for the glue, place the hexagons on the lamp shade and try different honeycomb patterns. Once you’re happy, start glueing the paper hexagons onto the lampshade.
7 – Assemble the lampshade. Enjoy you new upcycled stylish watercolour lampshade!
This upcycled watercolour lampshade doesn’t only look good in daylight. The hexagons create this amazing shadow pattern when the lamp is switched on.
In the next post, beginning of May, I will show you step-by-step how to make a beautiful, personal wedding gift that every bride and groom will love and that will not disappear into their spare room. If you don’t want to miss it, leave your email address in the top bar of this page and you will be notified.