2014-04-24_0015This spring, we were asked by to participate in their DIY lamp shade contest! They sent us a blank, white, drum lamp shade to turn into something wonderful. We took an organic, modern approach to the challenge trying out a new technique of sharpie + rubbing alcohol on fabric. After some trial and error we finally mastered it. Below is the full DIY steps we took to achieve this look on our lamp shade!

2014-04-24_0008What you need:

– q-tips
– cup or bowl
– fabric (we used muslin)
– rubbing alcohol
– sharpie (we used black but any color works)
– printed design (optional)

2014-04-24_00091. Pour rubbing alcohol into your cup or bowl, about an inch deep.
2. Place your fabric over the design you want, you should be able to make out at least some of the design through the fabric.

2014-04-24_00102014-04-24_00113. Trace your design onto the fabric with your sharpie, we found that tracing your design in sections helps the ink bleed better when it is fresh.
4. Soak the end of a q-tip in the rubbing alcohol, really soak it – it should be dripping.

2014-04-24_00125. Dab the end of the q-tip onto the fabric right NEXT to the sharpie marks – not directly on the line. The sharpie will bleed in the opposite direction you place the q-tip.
6. Continue dipping the q-tip into the rubbing alcohol after you touch it to the fabric. Work your way around the design.

2014-04-24_00137. Once you have finished this section, repeat steps 3-6 on the rest of your design until it is completely transferred onto the fabric.
8. Let the entire piece dry completely before using.

2014-04-24_0014We had a blast taking our completed lamp shade and styling it with our favorite things.  Laura Olivia Photography was kind enough to take photos of the finished product! It was hard deciding which one we liked best, so here are three different ways to style this organic/modern lampshade in your home!




How-to photos snapped by Belovely // Editorial shots by Laura Olivia Photography // Lamp shade provided by

11 thoughts on “ DIY

  1. Robin~AllThingsHeartandHome

    Just beautiful. I love the technique and you gave us wonderful instructions…I’m in the contest too & wanted to drop in to say how very much I love your lampshade! ox

  2. chepados

    I don’t understand how did you get the flowers onto the shade? Did you do a large piece of fabric and cover the shade or do the flowers directly onto the shade once you learned how?

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