DIY: Dress up your lampshade with handwriting.

DIY: Dress up your lampshade with handwriting.

I am finally all settled in to my new digs.

I have to be honest. During that whole moving-packing-unpacking-settling-putting away madness I wondered more than a few times whether we made the right decision about moving. 

But then I told myself to get a grip and start putting stuff away. I followed my advice and now I'm starting to love where I live.

After getting through all the not fun stuff like the actual moving, it's time for the fun stuff! Decorating new spaces! I have new walls, corners, and rooms to feel out and make part of us. Some of it can be challenging, seeing as I have a ton of ideas and just one little issue...I'm not a millionaire. 

However, there are some things I can do and I'm doing them little by little! So expect some upcoming blog posts showing off my new spaces!

My first DIY project was inspired by Jen at That's What She Read. She posted an awesome tutorial about how to dress up a lamp by adding handwriting to the lampshade. 

I was so excited about this because it was something I could totally do! And even at the time I read the blog post, I had two lamps that were not living up to their potential. So after moving and revamping my idea of our boudoir, I decided to jump on this project!

Like I said, I already had two glass lamps collecting dust, in dire need of some cool lamp shades.

All I purchased for this project was a set of two plain, new lampshades and a two pack of fine point Sharpie pens.

2 shades @ $13 and change each from Target.

2 pack of Sharpies, fine point. $1.65 at Target.

Moving mess in the background for the win.

So I had my materials and I was ready to get down to business. This is where I froze.

And maybe I freaked out a little.

Draw on brand new lamps with permanent Sharpie?! What if it looks bad? 

I practiced on paper. I practiced my own handwriting. I don't know what the point of that was. I didn't forget how to physically write. It's just all that white! All that blank canvas that I was about to take a Sharpie to! 

I got over it. 

The other part of this project was choosing what to write on the lamp shade. I knew I wanted song lyrics. That was a no-brainer. I wanted to keep our bedroom about us. My husband and me. You'll see what I mean later. I swear it's all PG. Promise.

For one lamp shade I chose the lyrics to our wedding song. It's the song, Heaven, originally by Bryan Adams. But I heard the song redone in like 2004 by DJ Sammy in a candlelight version you can listen to here. I knew I wanted it as our wedding song the minute I heard it. So I looked up the lyrics online so I would get them right while I started writing. 

The song lyrics did end before the lamp shade space did so I just repeated the hook two more times until I was out of space. I also ended it with "est. 4.28.2006" - our wedding date.

For the second lamp shade I chose one of my favorite love songs, Everlong, by the Foo Fighters. You can listen to that here. Seriously, when this song comes on, everything stops and I have to tell everyone it's on.

I also thought about Wonderwall by Oasis but not until I was half way through. And then just right now I thought Let's Stay Together by Al Greene would have been awesome, too. Somebody get me more lamp shades! 

You can choose song lyrics, poems, psalms, Bible versus, anything! 

The directions are: Write! 

I wasn't particularly careful. I found that when I cared less about my handwriting, it came out better. The Sharpie did bleed a tad, which gave it a little bit of a blurry look but I actually don't mind it at all. And I wasn't perfect. I did make small mistakes but I just kept going. Nobody is going to study every single line on the lampshade. It was such a simple project, though! Also, if you run out of song before you run out of shade, just repeat it. Or choose another song to start. It's up to you!

And the finished product!

I absolutely love how it came out and it was an under $30 upgrade! 

More to come later with our bedroom. But, thank you, Jen, for the inspiration!


  1. that looks really cool! love that song too.

  2. Love that song and what an awesome idea!

  3. yay! I think yours turned out better than mine, you have beautiful handwriting! I am so happy to inspire you!! :)

  4. See mine would never look that nice because my handwriting STINKS.

  5. hello lovely!! you come up on 'similar blogs' on my bloglovin' ee im so glad i clicked on you love your blog!
    it would mean so much if you'd take a little look at mine?

    thankyou so much

  6. Following you on bloglovin. I'm hosting a link up this Thursday April 11, show me your favorite spring trend. I'm also doing a giveaway: a $300 gift card to Old Navy/Gap/Banana Republic. Would love to see you at the link up and have you enter the contest.


  7. What a lovely decorating idea!! I wish I had nice handwriting. Mine would not look so cute!

    Thanks for commenting on the Aloha Friday Blog Hop in the last month or so. Just getting back to everyone who commented now!! I'm following you via GFC and bloglovin'

    Have a lovely week!


    Jean // What Jean Likes

  8. Wow I love this idea! You did such a good job, looks professional for sure.
    This may be something I can actually do. Now just need to think what to write...
    Thanks for sharing.


  9. What an awesome idea! It's a really nice way to spruce up a plain lampshade and it's meaningful too.
    I might try this out, I have the Sharpies and I'm not afraid to use them!

    Vikki @

  10. Love this!! I'm in love with your wedding song, too. It's one of my faves :) your handwriting is so pretty!!!

  11. This is beautiful, and what a fun project!

  12. I am totally in love with this idea! Pin-ing it now, and adding it to my to-do list. I have a plain white lampshade in my office that needs some help! New follower from the bloghop!

  13. I am so glad you left me the link when you visited from Sitts what a great idea! Only I would have to find a friend with good handwriting mine is so bad! I would love to make one of these with the words from the song my hubby sang to me at our wedding


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