DIY Newspaper Lampshade by Landee See, Landee Do

    Posted by  ·  February 22, 2014

    Hello!  I’m Landee from and I am so excited to be here on Skip To My Lou today sharing my DIY Newspaper Lampshade Makeover!

     DIY Newspaper Lampshade by Landeelu

    I have had this lamp since, and I’m not kidding here, 1996.  I got it the year my husband I got married for our very first apartment together.  As you can see from the condition of the lampshade, it had seen better days!  The metal frame was rusting through the paper and, I can admit, my packing tape fix wasn’t the prettiest thing in the world.  🙂  You can’t even see the inside where the lightbulb had touched the inside and melted the plastic a little… and yet, the cute little lamp has just kept on doing its job and providing light for our family for 18 years now (I think there’s a life lesson or something in there somewhere)!

    lampshade before

    Anyway, I decided that rather than throw the shade away and get a new one, that it just needed a little TLC and a major makeover!  I spray painted the lamp base a bright turquoise color first and then moved on to the lampshade.  That is where it got fun!

    Here is what you’ll need if you want to do this project as well:

    • newspaper cut into strips of various widths, long enough to cover lampshade top to bottom
    • Mod Podge
    • foam brush
    • scissors
    lampshade newspaper strips

    Using your foam brush and working in sections, apply Mod Podge to lampshade.  Lay strips of newspaper over Mod Podged areas and flatten and smooth as you go.  Overlap strips and continue until entire shade is covered.

    lampshade newspaper modpodge

    Trim strips lengthwise as you work so the newspaper barely wraps around top and bottom of shade.  Allow Mod Podge to dry and then apply another layer over entire shade to seal down newspaper and give it a nice finish.

    And you’re done!

    Newspaper Lampshade using Mod Podge

    Here it is on the bookshelf where it now happily resides.

    Newspaper on a Lampshade DIY Newspaper Lampshade by Landeelu

    The newspaper is such a fun detail next to all the books we have on that shelf!  And this entire project took me about 20 minutes and cost next to nothing.  My favorite kind of makeover!

    Landee from  You can find me over at (aka Landee See, Landee Do) crafting it up on the regular as well as sharing home decor ideas, making fun printables and  family favorite recipes!   I’m a fan of easy projects that pack a punch to your decor but not to your wallet.  You can also follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+ and I’d love to have you stop by and say hi and follow along!

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