Handwritten Lampshade

I’ve seen a couple of unique lampshades lately, and decided to try making my own after seeing  one at Little Glass Box.  She wrote a letter to her son on a piece of fabric and then covered her lamp shade with it; you can check it out here.
I decided to cheat and just write directly on the lampshade itself which I already had.
lampshade, Handwritten Lampshade, Joyful Homemaking

Unfortunately, I didn’t snap a before picture of the shade, but just imagine a plain blah cream lampshade.

lampshade, Handwritten Lampshade, Joyful Homemaking

I used my trusty black sharpie marker, and set the lampshade in my lap, and started writing some of my favorite inspirational scriptures, turning the shade as I went.

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Handwritten Lampshade


lampshade, Handwritten Lampshade, Joyful Homemaking


lampshade, Handwritten Lampshade, Joyful Homemaking
It was such a simple quick fix for a bland lampshade, and I am so pleased with the results which took less than 10 minutes.
lampshade, Handwritten Lampshade, Joyful Homemaking
The options are endless since you could write whatever you choose to fit the setting!




  1. I think this is the perfect fix for a lamp shade I can’t replace, but it has some small burns on it. I can just write over them and “TaDa!” fixed! Thank you for sharing!

  2. So cute and clever! I am going to do this TODAY with the lyrics to my favorite songs. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. I love this, but it looks so daunting to me! I would be worried about keeping it straight on a curved surface. You have a steady hand. You’d think, as an artist, I’d not quiver at the idea of writing on a lampshade, but I’d be quivering in my boots!
    Jenn from http://www.JustAddWaterSilly.com, hopping from check me out saturdays.
    (newest follower)

  4. Wow! You must have a very steady hand to write on a spiraling surface and continue to be so straight. Mine would be all over the place!

  5. Stopping by from Vanessa at Nifty Thrifty. Your lampshade is really pretty. I’m a little worried, since I’ve been told I have the worse handwriting in the world. I don’t really think it’s that bad! How did you ever get it so straight. that would be my only concern. My fingers are crossed that you will share over at Sunday’s Best Par.tay going on tonight!

  6. Elegant and meaningful–can’t get any better than that. Now if I can just find someone with lovely handwriting to help me out!

  7. Gorgeous. I love this. And the possibilities of what you write on the lampshade are endless… imagine a favorite recipe for the kitchen or a poem for the lamp next to where you read… Oh so awesome
    Greetings from Germany

  8. I love this idea!!! I just “pinned” it to my pinterest…and it is now on my long “to do” list! Love your spiritual influence, as well…am now your newest follower. I am new to blogging, but would love for you to visit me, if you get a chance at http://chronicchristiancrafter.blogspot.com, as we have many of the same things in common. Blessings,


  9. Thank you for the inspiration and sharing this great idea. I have just the project and words it use this. What a beautiful space you have created my very first visit here I will follow on my way out so I know my path back here. Perhaps you will find the time to come visit me soon and do the same. I look forward to engaging more throughout the year and beyond. Take care. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

  10. It came out just adorable. You made it look so easy! I MAY have to give it a try ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks for sharing.
    If you can, come visit my blog:whatmeeganmakes.blogspot.com

  11. Your lampshade was a big success from how many comments you received. I will be trying this. Wanted to let you know and happy I was to see you share your creative inspiration at Sunday’s Best party.

  12. Margo, what a fantastic idea! I love this. I’m definitely going to do it. I also have a linky party here in Australia every Thursday called “Thriving on Thursdays” where I feature recipes, crafts, etc etc all relating to a thrifty way of life. I’d love for you to pop over and link this up. I know my readers would love it.

    Anne @ Domesblissity xx

  13. I love this idea! I have some permanent calligraphy pigma pens. I wonder if they would work? I’m pinning this!

  14. Really great idea. I wish my handwriting was that clean and I had enough guts to do a sharpie freehand like that! Thank you for sharing!
    I found you through the Someday Crafts Link up.

  15. I will be featuring this tonight at my Winter Blues Wednesday party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I’ve Been Featured button. Thanks so much.

  16. Dear Margo

    What a great project! I host a weekly party, Inspire Me Monday, and I will be mentioning your project and blog this week as one of my featured guests was inspired by your project to create a lampshade of her very own!

    I invite you to visit us and to share your creations with us! Thanks and have a fabulous week!


  17. What a GREAT idea! I’m a children’s minister & thinking how awesome this would be for a shade in my office!!! Thanks for the GREAT idea!

  18. Your shade is so precious! You are brave to do this project, even though it turned out so cute. I never would have been able to write all that (and on a slant!) and not mess it up completely. Great job!
    His blessings,

  19. This is lovely. I have a spare lamp shade that would be great for this project; I just don’t thinnk my chicken scratch handwriting will workout nearly so nicely. Thanks for hosting. I’m visiting from the Farm Blog Hop.

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