DIY Glitter Lampshade

Brighten up your basic lampshade by adding glitter to make the room sparkle and shine!

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Plain fabric lampshade, size and color of choice
Quart of glitter, color of choice
Decoupage medium
2” paintbrush
Water-based latex paint in flat finish, color of choice
Paint roller
Paint tray
Dry rag
Large tray



1. Pour the water-based paint into the paint tray. Use a paint roller to completely paint the outside of the lampshade and the inner rims. The fabric will absorb the paint so be generous when applying it. Allow the paint to dry for 2-4 hours or until dry to the touch before moving on to the next step (See images below)



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2. Paint the inside of the lampshade with an even layer of decoupage medium. Make sure to carefully paint clean-line inner rims; every place the decoupage touches, the glitter will stick to. Use a dry rag to wipe away any excess decoupage from the edges (See images below)

Expert Tip: If you have a large lampshade, apply decoupage medium to half of the inner lampshade, apply the glitter then decoupage and glitter the second half. This will help keep the decoupage medium wet and the glitter to stick.

3. Place a tray on the work surface and hold the lampshade over it. Pour a generous amount of glitter onto the inside of the lampshade. Tip the lampshade back and forth so the glitter covers all the way to both rims. The tray underneath will catch excess glitter. Slowly rotate the lampshade until the inside is covered with glitter. If needed, pour the glitter collected on the tray back into the lampshade (See images below)

4. If there are any bald spots once Step 3 is completed, dab decoupage onto them and add more glitter. Allow the decoupage to dry with the glitter on it for 4-6 hours before placing the lampshade on a lampstand (See image below)

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