A travel inspired Living Room Lamp

So, I have heard a bunch of people talking about mod podge and it’s wonders. Sure, I’ve used mod podge to preserve puzzles for years, but recently I’ve dived into bigger crafts, and have found it is a lot of fun!

So, in a moment of overcrowded, young 20’s fun… This lamp fell over and the lampshade was squished. It still functioned, but had lost any beauty or appeal.  In comes Mod Podge to the rescue!

STEP 1: Gather your supplies.
• Mod Podge standard
• a Lampshade or other item you plan to mod podge
• Scissors
• foam brush (standard brush would work too!)
• Your Map, or magazine, or old book pages, whatever it is you would like!
• Finally – Newspaper to cover your surface – this job is sticky!

Step 1: Gather your supplies
Step 1: Gather your supplies

STEP 2: Cut out the amount of map you will need to wrap your lampshade. If you are using book pages, this step can be skipped as you will just be placing them on!

Step 2: Cut out the appropriate amount of map/magazine, etc.
Step 2: Cut out the appropriate amount of map/magazine, etc.

STEP 3: Liberally apply glue to your lampshade.  If your lampshade is fabric like mine, liberally is an accurate term!  If you have a plastic lampshade, just apply a thin coat (but enough so that it will stick!) as the glue will not soak in!

Step 3: Liberally apply glue to the lampshade
Step 3: Liberally apply glue to the lampshade

STEP 4: Now wrap your lampshade!  (Or start applying your book pieces if you chose to do an old book)  If you look closely you can start to see wrinkles in my lamp from the glue!  Don’t panic like I did!!  You can desperately try to smooth them over like I did; or just leave them be!  Once dried, the map stretches back out, and most all of the wrinkles were gone!  (Except for one I had smoothed so desperately that they crinkled!)

Step 4: Wrap the Lampshade
Step 4: Wrap the Lampshade

STEP 5: Apply glue on the map where the last edge will overlap. No need to use tape or anything. Mod Podge is the only adhesive used here!

Step 5: Glue the map where the corner will fold over.
Step 5: Glue the map where the corner will fold over.

STEP 6: Fold over all the edges of the map.  Apply Glue to the inside of the lampshade and fold over all the edges of the map.  Being neat and tidy is not too important here; but when the lamp is on, the additional layer of map in the interior will show up as it adds to the thickness of the lampshade – so try hard to have the paper even.

Step 6: Fold over edges
Step 6: Fold over edges
Step 6: Fold over edges
Step 6: Fold over edges

And you are done!  Wait for it to dry; the wrinkles will smooth out and your lamp will be complete!  Enjoy your new creation and new Frugal addition to your decor!!

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The one wrinkle in this is where I tried to smooth it too much and caused a crinkle. Avoid this! Otherwise, it looked awesome, and very few people even noticed it!

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TIPS for a lampshade:  

  1. Unless you want light and darker patches, do not overlap your material you are applying to the lampshade.
  2. Another tip would be to gently smooth out some of the wrinkles, but do not stress over them; most will come out and look great when finished!