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Stencil a Lamp Shade With a Sharpie Marker!

Stencil a Lamp Shade With a Sharpie MarkerHey, hey TT&J readers! It’s me Jessica from Mom 4 Real, back with another fun home decor tutorial!

It’s summer, which means I am obsessed with all things sand and sea. I’ve spotted some really cute lamp shades with seashell and coral shapes on them lately, but shew…are they expensive or what?

I spied a lamp shade with a coral design on it not too long ago and had a really hard time leaving it in the store. Well, I decided to try to make my own, and am so glad I did.

This is seriously one of the easiest things I have ever done! Let me show you what I did…

Stencil a Lamp Shade Before

I started with this plain old drum shade from Lowe’s. It was less than $10.

Stencil a Lamp Shade Design

I used my Silhouette to design my stencil, but if you don’t have one, no worries. You can totally make your own!

Stencil a Lamp Shade Cut Out

I was planning on using the stencil and painting the inside, but once I pulled the coral cutouts from the mat, a new idea hit me.

Stencil a Lamp Shade Tracing

I took the coral cutout and smoothed it onto the lamp shade, and traced it with a sharpie marker.

I have to be honest, I was a little scared, but it turned out perfectly!

Stenciled Lamp Shade

I pulled the coral shape off the lamp shade and was instantly in love.

I also spray painted the lamp base so the shade would really pop!

Stenciled Lamp Shade With Coral

It works perfectly in my little corner of the living room!

What do you think? Would you draw on a lampshade with a sharpie marker?

Thanks so much for having me here!


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Thanks, Jessica!

She always has great ideas, don’t you think? And I love love love how this project turned out!

Check out her Mom 4 Real site for more great ideas, like:


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Be sure to head over to Mom 4 Real for more great ideas!! 
Have a Creative Day!! 
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  1. Crystal says:

    Your lampshade turned out great! I love this idea. I just recently got a Silhouette machine and this will make a great project. Thanks for the tutorial!!

  2. Jess!! This is to stinking cute!! Pinning!!
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  3. This is such a great idea. I have got to pick up a Silhouette

  4. I love all those lampshades too! I just might have to try to make one too. Plus, I’d love to see my kids faces when they watch me draw on a lampshade with a marker!!!

  5. Great idea!

  6. What a great idea!!!

  7. Did you choose a different lamp base than the on in the first pic? The first one had a square bottom, but the one you painted had a round base. The round base just goes so much better with the curves of coral and seashells than a square base would. LOVE IT!
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  8. I really like the popular coral and beach theme right now! What a fun lamp shade! I have a few I have been wanted to redesign.

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