DIY Silhouette Lamp Shade

We’ve all seen those interesting lamp shades that seem to be a basic white while off, and a eye-catching silhouette while on. These tricky lamps can easily be found in lighting stores, but why buy one when you can make your own? Maybe you’ll even find a lamp lying around the house that you want to recycle, and what could be better than that?! Here’s how to create your own custom lamp shade with just a few steps!


  • Simple lamp with white shade (the more curves in the lamp, the harder to create a design that fits)
  • Black cardboard paper
  • Basic spray glue
  • Scissors (or Cricut)
  • Design pattern (optional)


  1. Pick out the design you want to show (cityscape, butterflies, flowers, grass, etc.)
  2. Cut out your design on black cardboard paper (using a Cricut or other craft machine is optional)
  3. Make sure each piece of the design isn’t so wide it creates folds around the edges of the lamp
  4. Use simple spray glue to adhere your design to the inside of the lamp shade
  5. Let shade dry, and enjoy your custom silhouette lamp!
Kalei Munsell

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