Personalize Your Home Decor with a DIY Monogram Lampshade!

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When looking for the next fun DIY project I wanted to tackle, I scrolled through all of the 272 DIY ideas I've pinned in the last year – and I was intrigued by this monogram lampshade idea.

It looked a bit involved, but let me assure you, it's not. I made this monogram lampshade for my son in about half an hour. Got anyone special in mind you'd want to make one for?

All you need are these supplies:

  • lampshade (I bought mine at Target for about $12)
  • felt (from the craft store, in the color your prefer)
  • two plates, different sizes, smaller than the height of the lampshade)
  • spray glue
  • page of paper
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • scissors

Monogram Lampshade Tutorial:

               

  1. Start with measuring the height of the lampshade and finding a (preferably scalloped) plate or something else, like a vase, in your home that would be an inch or so smaller. Then find an even smaller plate and trace around both on the paper.
  2. After you have the outline for the circle, draw in the monogram letters you decided on. You could find letters on the Internet and print them out and trace them onto the paper, but it would take a while to find the perfect size, and several tries to enlarge or reduce the letter until they fit. I decided it would be much easier to just drawing them in by hand.
  3. Leave about ¼ inch of space between the letters and the inside of the circle.
  4. Cut out the letters and circle, and then spray a very thin layer of spray glue on them to adhere them to the felt. I added too much glue, and I didn't like how tacky it made all of the felt. You also want to make sure that the paper doesn't permanently adhere to the felt.
  5. Now cut out the letters and circle from felt and then remove the paper from them.
  6. Making sure the seam of the lampshade is in the back, arrange the letters on the lampshade temporarily until you are happy with the result. They stuck on mine because of the material of the lampshade. If your lampshade is very smooth, they might slide off – then just arrange them on the table.
  7. Leave the letters on the lampshade and spray a thin layer of spray adhesive on the back of the circle. Place it on the lampshade, around the letters, adjusting its position until you like it before pushing it down. Then spray glue on the letters, one at a time.
  8. I put down the F first because of it's shape – I felt like I knew exactly where that one had to be placed – and then I worked my way back by adding the B and the F.
  9. Depending on your letters, one of them will be easier to place than the others, so start with that one.

And there you have it – a totally personalized lampshade no one else has! What a great gift a lamp with a monogram makes! I found my little lamp on sale for less that $10 at CVS, so make sure to keep your eye out for a deal and you can have a chic gift on a budget!

It doesn't have to cost much to have a fancy lampshade!

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Would you tackle this project for your home or to make as a gift for family or a friend? How might you change it up to make it your own? 

Images via Dagmar Bleasdale

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Personalize Your Home Decor with a DIY Monogram Lampshade!

Dagmar tackles motherhood, thrifty home decorating, DIY projects, and green and frugal living on her lifestyle blog Dagmar's Home. She loves finding treasures in thrift stores and sells her handmade candles on Dagmar's Home Decor. Connect with her on Twitter (26,000 followers), Facebook, and Pinterest. ... More

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2 comments

  1. Thanks for your comment! You can totally make this yourself 🙂

    Dagmar

  2. I’m impressed! Might have to take this one on myself – although I’m not sure I can freehand the letters and have it look as nice as yours does!

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