Lining a lampshade with wallpaper is a quick way to bring color and pattern to a room. Here’s how to create this sophisticated element of surprise.
What You’ll Need:
- A lampshade
- A tape measure
- Wallpaper (enough to fit the inside of your lampshade) and, if the wallpaper isn’t self-adhesive, glue
- A ruler
- A pencil
- Measure the height and circumference of your lampshade. (We chose a drum-shape shade because the top and the bottom are the same circumference, making it the easiest shape to work with.)
- Use a ruler and a pencil to draw a rectangle the same height and length (this equals the circumference) of your shade on the back of your wallpaper, adding 1/2 inch of overlap for the seam.
- Cut out the rectangle. Position the wallpaper inside your shade to make sure it fits, making any adjustments if necessary.
- Wet the wallpaper according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Line the shade with the wallpaper, matching the paper’s seam to the shade’s existing seam, and let dry.
Tip: Since wallpaper glue stays wet for a while, it is an easy material to work with. If you don’t line your shade perfectly on the first try, you should be able to easily reposition.