I want to make accessorize my bedroom around my new comforter.
I purchased fabric for curtains….but that will be another post.
So I had this idea to do another lampshade project. This time I wanted to use my Cricut Expression to cut out a Middle Eastern style design and put it on the inside of the shade but guess what? None of the cards I have contain a design even close to what I want but I can buy two from Cricut for $40 each. I am not spending another penny on this thing. I contacted Silhouette to see if they would give me a deep discount on a machine in exchange for advertising their project through at least 4 planned projects using their machine but I did not get a response from them yet. I had to move forward. In the meantime my alternative is decoupage.
I did an image search for Indian vector designs. I saved them on a stick and took them to OfficeMax and had them blown up on 11×17 paper.
When you download small designs and have them blown up they come out pixelated. That is okay… nothing a sharpie can’t fix
You are not going to be looking at the design directly so you can make the main outlines darker and leave the rest. sorry about the poor lighting in the photos..
Everything was cut out
I painted the back of the designs with modge podge and let dry over night. In the meantime I wiped out the inside of the shade. I got this huge drum shade for $4 (with my vet discount). In the stores these shades were $60 and up.
After it dried I painted the front of the paper design with Modge Podge and let it dry slightly then I applied it with the design side to the inside of the shade. I let it dry a bit first because it helps with the paper not wrinkling too bad when you apply it. That and pre-painting one side helped a great deal. It had a few bubbles but no wrinkles. It was not too bad. After I applied it I went over it with a second coat. I think three coats of ModgePodge will be sufficient. Because I used the marker, part of the design bled to the back of the paper. I am not too worried about that showing, you will have to be directly under it to see the design on it. An alternative would be to put a piece of white paper on top of the inside but I am not going through all that. If you have a cut out from a die cut machine the design would be inside in its entirety and that would look nice on both sides.
When the lights are out you see a plain white lampshade but when the lights are turned on you soo the designs through the shade. I love it
sorry for the skimpy photos…