Cutting Edge Stencils Shares Simple Steps for Stenciling A Lamp Shade!
Good Morning, my DIY crafters! In the past, Cutting Edge Stencils has given you lots of stencil ideas to help you liven up those limp lamp shades with a pop of color and a pretty stenciled pattern. Today we’re going to give you the deets on how YOU can do it. Yup, we’re talking to you! A project like this is super easy and it’s great for first time stencilers. Let’s take a look. We bet you’ll be flipping the stenciled switch in no time!
We’d to like welcome back Kimbo, the DIY maven behind the blog A Girl and A Glue Gun. Kimbo is in the classic renter’s decorating position. She wants her home to be pretty with personality but she has a hard time justifying spending money on decor items that she won’t own. She was tired of looking at her dreary kitchen light and she longed for something fun and stylish. She got this bright idea in her head that she could craft her own drum shade and pretty up the old fixture. She started searching in local thrift stores to find one, but luck just wasn’t on her side. Rather than give up on her lamp shade facelift, Kimbo decided to craft her own using some leftover sheet metal, our Houndstooth Allover Stencil, and paint! Take a look at what she created…
Do you love this creative lamp shade idea? We thought you would! Today we have the step-by-step, courtesy of A Girl and A Glue Gun right below.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
- A stencil (for this project the Houndstooth Allover Stencil was used)
- Galvanized sheet metal found at a local hardware store
- Metal Cutters
- White linen fabric
- Blue painters tape
- (1) Paint Colors
- Paper plate or painter tray
- Dense Foam Roller (<— We like this one)
- Paper Towel
- Hot glue gun
Here are the Simple Steps for Creating a DIY Drum Light:
1. Gather Materials and Prep the Metal: Start the stencil project by gathering all of the materials listed above. You’ll need to measure how big a drum you need and mark it using a sharpie. Then use the metal cutters to trim the sheet metal to size. Once this metal has been snipped, you’re ready to move onto the stenciling portion of this project.
2. Start Stenciling: Position the stencil design on the white strip of linen fabric. We recommend using painter’s tape to secure the stencil in place. Pour your paint onto a plate or paint tray. For this project Americana Craft paint in red was used. Then using your dense foam roller, dip it into the paint. Roll off the excess paint onto your folded paper towel until the roller looks almost dry. The key to stenciling is using as little paint as possible. Too much paint will cause the design to bleed and smudge. Next you will paint the design onto the fabric with the dense foam roller.
** Note: Depending on the size of the fabric, you may have to reposition the stencil to complete the pattern. Simply pick up the stencil, align it, and continue painting the pattern.
3. Glue Fabric To Drum: Allow the paint to dry. Then wrap the stenciled fabric around the sheet metal and fold the edges over (as shown below). Using the hot glue gun, adhere the fabric to the metal so that it is tight.
4. Complete the Lamp Shade: For the last part of this project, Kimbo literally hot glued the new DIY drum over the existing fixture. This will give it the rounded drum shape and hold it in place.
Ready to see the stenciled DIY drum shade? Here it is!
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Thanks for reading, and happy stenciling!
Michelle and the Cutting Edge Stencils Crew