Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Sharpie Lampshade

I didn't really know how to title this post. I imagine it conjures up pictures of lampshades made of actual Sharpie pens. No, this isn't that. It's just another use of the magical, wonderful, multi-purpose Sharpie!

Inspiration for this project came from a very  unlikely place. It almost shames me to admit this... all right, I'm going to share an embarrassing secret; I watch Good Luck Charlie with my kids and I actually like it! There. That feels better! It's in watching this silly show that I spotted a lamp that I loved and wanted to have for my own.

This is a terrible picture and it doesn't give do the darn lamp justice, but it's all I've got!!
I guess it's a little like this:

How to make a Hand Drawn Lamp Shade

To make this lampshade you need a few tools:

Lamp Shade

First I found a suitable pattern online.  The lampshade I'm using is square and only 7 inches high by 10 inches long at it's widest point. I simply created a template that was 8x11 inches.

I measured and cut out the shape of each side of my lampshade.

Next I fit the patterns on the inside of the lamp shade, printed side up against the shade and I traced with my sharpie.

I did this one panel at a time  until all four side were finished and Voilà! A floral print lamp shade. Eat that Good Luck Charlie- Just Kidding.. I like you!!


  1.! I am totally going to do this! I watch Good Luck Charlie w/my kids too - I LOVE the set and Gabe, he cracks me up ;)

  2. I don't have kids or grandkids that young anymore, but now I am curious about Good Luck Charlie! LOL A great idea for the lampshade, and one I will file away for future reference. Thanks so much!

  3. Haha!! I just read funny that we talked about all these very things this morning, and I hadn't read this yet. So, when I got home and read it, it made me laugh. Love the lamp...(and GLC)! :)

  4. I know it has been some time. But you would happen to recall where you found this pattern would you? It would be perfect for a stool I am wanting to do in Crewel work. This pattern wound be just what I am looking for. Hate posting my email but for this..... TheHomeGardener at aol dot com.

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