Christmas Lamp Shades

Good morning! If you’re joining me today from one of the other ladies in the Colorful Christmas Blog Hop, welcome.  I’m delighted you’re here!  You can learn more about me and this little piece of the internet HERE.

Now, without further ado, y’all come on in to our Christmas foyer!!

I love nothing more than traditional reds and greens at Christmas.  New for the foyer this year are these DIY painted lamp shades.

Now, I’ll admit that I was working with my mom on this project and it took off quickly!  I wasn’t the best about documenting the actual painting part.  Here are some tips and tricks for making your own:

1.Start with a basic white drum shades.  This is my third set of painted lamp shades and my favorite are these drum chandelier shades from Lowe’s for $6 each.

allen + roth 4.5-in H 5.75-in W White Drum Chandelier Light Shade

2. Sketch your designs in pencil on paper first.  Then, paint over your sketches.  You can see here that we tried different variations of the paint on paper first.  We first thought we would mix with a darker red and then with pink.  After seeing them on paper and holding the paper up to the light (like it will be on a lamp shade) we decided to go with just the regular red color alone.

3.Pick simple designs that you love and that will accent the rest of your decor style.  I love everything chinoiserie, hence the pagodas and umbrellas.  We added in winter trees to make them Christmas-y.

4.Use regular craft paint and good quality tiny brushes.  We went through our stash of paints on hand and ended up using the one in the middle for this project.

5. When it comes time to paint, use the pencil to sketch the basic shape of your design on to the shade.  Then let the creative juices go!  We decided to add a whimsical candy cane dots to the top and bottom borders and tiny dots of “snow” around the entire design.

I absolutely love the way they turned out – especially for a total of under $25!  Here are some other links you might enjoy:

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Mod Dot Painted Chandelier Shades

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The Delightful Home: Everyday Foyer

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The Colorful Christmas Blog Hop

Easy Ornament Updates | Small Home Soul
Birch Wood Sign Holiday Decor | Welcome to the Woods
Christmas Lamp Shades | Dixie Delights
Colorful Wood Slice Christmas Tree | Anika’s DIY Life
Pottery Barn Inspired Christmas Napkin Ring | The Chelsea Project
Colorful Christmas Tree Centerpiece | Pearl Street Designs

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Dixie Delights Deck the Halls 2016
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bedrooms  | boy bedrooms |  porch

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How to Make a Greenery Bouquet  |  Easy Flower Arranging Tips + Tricks
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2 Easy Ways to Hang Christmas Wreaths  |  Paper Bow DIY  |  Painted Lamp Shades

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13 thoughts on “Christmas Lamp Shades

  1. Oh you know I’m loving these lamp shades! I had added a touch of chinoiserie to my dining and living rooms this Fall. So, of course, I’ll HAVE to give this sweet project a try. Your directions make it look so easy! Thanks so much for sharing! XOXO ~~ Susie from The Chelsea Project

  2. These little lamp shades are adorable, what a great way to extend your holiday decorating. I love that you painted them on yourself, so much talent. Thanks for joining our first Colorful Bloggers Blog Hop! I can’t wait to do more of them in the future!

  3. So cute! I love these so much!!! It makes me want to create a lampshade. Many years ago I used to make punched and hand painted lampshades. Fun project!

  4. Amanda, you and your mom hit a home run on this project. I don’t have a spot for tiny shades, but now I’m wondering if I have the skills to do something like your summer shades on a larger scale with a regular lampshade. Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. These shades are fabulous!!! I love them. I just don’t consider them DIY (at least not for me – LOL!!)…….I think you also need incredible artistic talent which you and your mother have!!!

  6. I like the fact that you were able to bring the life back into those old lampshades by simply painting them. Nice! It’s amazing how you can make these look new again just by simply adding some intricate designs and layouts. How I wish I was as creative as you are when it comes to designing these lamps. I guess I will just have to settle with shopping around with what’s already available for purchase online. Thanks for sharing this, though.

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