Thanksgiving Ideas

How to Create a Fall Leaf Lampshade

Give an ordinary lampshade autumnal appeal by stenciling it with fall leaves. This project is an easy and inexpensive way to give a subtle nod to the changing seasons.

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Materials Needed:

  • burlap lampshade
  • black acrylic paint
  • stiff bristle brush
  • no. 2 liner artist's brush
  • 1" brush
  • computer
  • printer

Create Stencil

Print leaf template in 5" x 7" photo format or 8" x 10" for larger leaves. Place blank plastic stencil over printed leaf template and trace design with permanent marker. Tip: Leaf template can be printed in assorted sizes to add variety.

Cut Stencil

Use a sharp craft knife and cutting mat or board to cut leaf shapes out of template. Cutting stems is optional.

Paint Branches

Paint branches around shade using a no. 2 liner artist's brush and allow paint to dry. Tip: Look at a tree in your yard, or a photo, and use the branch pattern as a guide.

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