January 15, 2013

Wrapping Paper-Covered Monogram Lampshade

Update a plain lampshade by covering it with wrapping paper and adding panache with a bold monogram plaque. The end result is a sophisticated monogram lampshade that combines style with function, and best of all, by adhering the wrapping paper temporarily, you can change out the look as often as you like. Let me show you how it’s done!

For this project, you will need a drum lampshade. (Using a shade that is equally wide at the top and bottom will greatly simplify the process of covering it with the wrapping paper.) I used this shade from Lamps.com, which is proudly made is the USA. Love seeing that logo!

Use a measuring tape to measure the width of your lampshade from top to bottom. Now, measure around the length of the circumference of your shade, and then add 2 inches to that measurement to allow for overlap on the back of your shade. Write these measurements down.

Working on a large, flat surface, unroll your roll of wrapping paper, and use a rotary cutter and mat to cut out a piece of paper with the same width and length dimensions you wrote down in the previous step. Now, simply wrap the paper around your shade, making sure to smooth out any bubbles or puckers as you work. For a temporary solution that will allow you to change out your look later on, secure the paper with a few pieces of tape at the point at which the two ends overlap. (Of course, you can also use a permanent adhesive if you prefer.)

FYI: I purchased this herringbone wrapping paper at Target during the holidays. 

I lined up the edge of my paper with the edge trim of my shade for a polished look.

Now, the fun part: embellishing the shade! I used 2 (1-inch) strips of wool felt, which I adhered to the wrapping paper-covered shade with hot glue, and I then completed the look with a fun plaque (purchased at Jo-Ann for less than $1) that I painted white before adding a vinyl monogram cut with my Cameo. So easy!

My new shade looks so terrific on the lamp base on the desk in my sewing room/home office! (I moved the previous lampshade from this space into my bedroom, which is currently a decorating work in progress.)


I absolutely love how temporarily adhering the paper to the shade will enable me to switch the look out later on when the mood strikes!

This lampshade was created as part of a fun challenge with Lamps.com in their first-ever DIY Blogger Lampshade Challenge.

Lamps and light fixtures at Lamps.com

Lamps.com provided me, along with some other truly talented design bloggers, a lampshade to decorate and stamp with our own personal style. I am so impressed with how many fantastic ideas were shared!

I would absolutely love for you to head over to cast your vote for my lampshade! When you place your vote, you’ll be entered to win $100 gift card to Lamps.com. PLUS, if my lampshade receives the most votes, I’ll receive a Lamps.com gift card to give away to one PS reader!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Lamps.com. All opinions expressed herein are entirely my own.

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Amy @ Positively Splendid

Amy @ Positively Splendid

Having grown up in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, Amy has a deep love for all things creative. On any given day, you'll find her knee-deep in her latest creative endeavor, with projects ranging from sewing and crafts to home decor and kid-friendly ideas. Amy believes that everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, possesses the ability to create something beautiful, and Positively Splendid was born of her passion for helping others harness their innate creative potential.
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17 Responses to Wrapping Paper-Covered Monogram Lampshade

  1. Amanda @ Serenity Now January 15, 2013 at 7:58 am #

    Oh my word! That looks like real herringbone fabric. Wow! Great job, Amy. 🙂

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid January 15, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

      Thanks so much, Amanda! I love that paper. 🙂

  2. Tracey January 15, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    Isn’t that paper awesomel!!! I found the same paper on clearance at Target recently and new that it would be so much cheaper than fabric. I grabbed it and covered my diaper box storage in my craft room. They are beautiful just like you lamp. I may need to write a post about them soon!

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid January 15, 2013 at 8:08 pm #

      Thanks, Tracey! It really is fun paper. 🙂

  3. keri @ shaken together January 15, 2013 at 11:50 am #

    What a GREAT idea … this would be awesome in my boys room with their initial! Pinning!

  4. Crystal January 15, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    Super cute!! I love it!! I wanted to get new lamps for my living room, but right now we just don’t have the extra money. Doing this project, I can spice up my shades to add a new look to the room. Thanks so much!! I can’t wait to try this!!

  5. C January 15, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

    Wrapping paper? It looks like fabric. Awesome lamp transformation.

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid January 15, 2013 at 8:07 pm #

      Thanks so much!

  6. Heidi @ Decor & More January 15, 2013 at 6:53 pm #

    This is AWESOME, Amy! I love this idea — lampshades can be expensive so I love the idea of making them decorative AND easily changed! Thanks for sharing — pinning!
    xo Heidi

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid January 15, 2013 at 8:07 pm #

      Thanks so much, Heidi! I truly appreciate it. 🙂

  7. Eva Scott January 15, 2013 at 6:59 pm #

    Wow! Would NEVER guess that it was wrapping paper. Genius!!

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid January 15, 2013 at 8:07 pm #

      Thanks so much, Eva!

  8. Wendy Tinney January 18, 2013 at 7:54 pm #

    I can’t believe it’s wrapping paper! I’ve looked three times because i just knew it had to be fabric. What a great lamp!!! Thx!

  9. T'onna January 20, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    This is a beautiful lamp shade!!!

    T’onna @ Submarine Sunday Link Party

  10. Nancy January 20, 2013 at 6:21 pm #

    How cute! I love that wrapping paper. I have never seen anything like that.

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