How to Stencil Lamp and Window Shades

How to Stencil a Lovely Lampshade
The Lovely Lampshade has light, summery charm.
The Lovely Lampshade has light, summery charm.

Light up the room with a garden of stenciled flowers. A dash of plaid ties the shade in with the rest of the room.

Skill level: Intermediate

Time needed: 3 hours

Stencil Design: Download the Lovely Lampshade as a PDF.


  1. When choosing a lampshade, make sure you pick one that is either straight or only very slightly tapered. It's much easier to stencil straight lines on a pure cylindrical shape than on a shade with a decided cone shape.
  2. Measure and mark the portion of the shade that will be stenciled plaid. Mask this section off with painter's tape.
  3. Repeat Step three from the Nightstand Makeover project to stencil the plaid. Make sure to complete the plaid on the back seam of the shade in case the lines don't meet perfectly.
  4. Finish the shade by stenciling a border of flowers in the unpainted area.
These bright flowers make a cheery border.

Color Chat

Color says it all! If you can't find the perfect hue for your room, mix it yourself. The green in this plaid was made by combining two Plaid Apple Barrel paints: one part Meadow Green to four parts Light Leaf Green.

The yellow stripes are Delta Ceramcoat Pale Yellow. Create a luscious garden of flowers with Delta Stencil Paint Crème in Luscious Lemon, Yellow Ochre, Cottage Blue, Lavender, and Bright Green.

Make intricate edge-work like these small flowers.

Gallop ahead to the next project: the Bucking Bronco Lampshade.