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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Stencil Leaves

Secure leaf stencil to lampshade with painter's tape (Image 1). Apply acrylic paint to lampshade with stiff bristle brush (Image 2). To ensure clean lines, paint away from stencil edges, blotting the brush on a paper towel prior to painting lampshade (Image 3). For a more natural look, use different sizes and styles of leaves at end of branches. Tip: Rinse and dry stencil between uses to prevent paint from accidentally getting on lampshade.

Paint Trim

Tape off a 1/2-inch border on top and bottom of shade. Apply acrylic paint with 1-inch brush. Remove tape, and allow paint to dry.

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