Sunday, August 12, 2012

DIY French Script Lamp Shade


We're taking a leap back in time today to the first project I worked on when we moved into our house last year.

Yes, I should have been working on putting up curtains.
(we'll pretend there aren't still Ready Shades hanging in my son's room a year and a half after we moved in... hey, I want Plantation Shutters in there and they don't give those babies away, plus he likes to draw on the Ready Shades, I'm leaving them up so he can have hours of fun...)
Did you buy any of that? 
No?
He really does draw on them... (hangs head in shame)

But I digress...

The first project was a neat little lamp shade.



As this was another PBP (pre-blog project) I don't have step-by-step pics of how I made it.
But, this one's a no brainer even without any pics!

Supplies for this project are: 

  • A cheap, plain Target lamp shade (to go on my existing lamp base which I've repainted 3 times now, I'm finicky!)
  • A fine-tip Sharpie
  • Print-outs of whatever you want to put on the lamp.
  • OPTIONAL - Tea or coffee to "tea stain" the lamp after it's done.




The longest part of this entire project was finding all the graphics and lettering to put on the lamp.
I found some at The Graphics Fairy, some by Googling "french script" or "french script graphic", and at least one of the images I got by going to Google Translate, typing in the words to a favorite song and having it translate into french.
I then copied the translation into Word and picked a pretty font to print it out with.



Once I had all my images printed out, I taped them one at a time to the inside of the shade.
Then I just turned the light on and traced everything on the outside of the shade with my Sharpie.



When the light is off, which is most of the time, you can't see this line.

As soon as I was done, I mixed up a little instant tea and water and brushed it onto the shade to make the white shade a bit more antiqued.
No worries about the ink running with the tea mixture.
Sharpies are PERMANENT!!



That's it.
Simple and easy with some great results!


And don't you just love that little chandelier in the middle of all that script?
It's my favorite part!!





Itty Bitty Update: I've had several comments (thanks by the way :) mentioning all the time this must have taken to complete. Just wanted to let ya know that I did the tracing from start to finish in one afternoon. It really does go very quickly!
~Jeannine
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85 comments:

  1. I really like how this looks! I have a plain cheapo lampshade that I have been staring at for a while waiting for some inspiration;) thanks!

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  2. I love your lampshade. It's a work of art.

    Dee

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  3. Wow! What an amazing transformation! Did you stamp the chandelier on it? I've really been wanting a new shade for one of my lamps and think this would be perfect!

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    1. Nope, I traced the chandelier like I did the rest of it. It's actually darker than it looks in the image above. For some reason it looks washed out a bit. So glad you liked it :)

      ~ Jeannine

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  4. I love your lampshade! So pretty! Saw you at Debbie Doos!
    xoxo
    Kim

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  5. I love your shade, it turned out fantastic! I've pined it!

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  6. Goodness--that must've taken forever! I'm completely impressed. That lamp shade looks fantastic! Glad I found your blog through Debbiedoo's

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  7. This is so beautiful! I love it so much! I hardly ever do crafts like this, but I have a lamp shade I would love to do this with, you've totally inspired me!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Beautifully done! Love French Script and you layered it in such an artistic way! New follower from Debbiedoo's.

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  9. You must be one VERY patient person!!! First, the Harry Potter text on your wall, and now a hand-lettered lampshade! I LOVE both of them, but I don't thin I'd ever have the patience to create them! Maybe you could come to my house and do them for me????
    LOVE the creative ideas you give on your blog!!

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  10. Very pretty! I love what you did to the shade, the color of the lamp, and the other items in the vignette. I am a new follower. I'd love if you stopped by for a visit!

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  11. A very nice lampshade/lamps. I love the script on the shade, and love it against the color of the lamp. I also like your table what a great color combination vignette. Very pretty! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

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  12. Beautiful! Gave me an awesome idea for a lamp I have. Thanks!

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  13. This is gorgeous, Jeannine--you were very patient to do all this detailed work, but what a beautiful result!

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  14. This is so awesome! I've got a lampshade just like that that's been waiting for the perfect inspiration...
    Thanks!
    Kelly

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  15. Fabulous! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!
    Blessings,
    Carrie

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  16. Wow, that's beautiful, Jeannine! I never would have guessed Sharpie. I think you probably have more patience that me to do something so detailed. It really turned out great and it's one of a kind!

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  17. So pretty!! You did a great job!!! :)

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  18. Looks gorgeous! I love French script...and I was thinking you used some type of fabric. You must have extremely wonderful patience to do this with a Sharpie! Come on over and do one for me, k? :) Seriously, I love it!

    I'm a new follower and look forward to more of your creativity. Stop by and say hi when you can!

    Pat

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  19. Wow! This is really cool. I love it and want to try it. Pat yourself on the back! It's beautiful!!

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  20. Ooooh, I love this. Very cool. I'm pinning this one. I need to try it.

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  21. Wow, this is amazing! Thanks for sharing how you did this! It really has the look of an expensive shade and I love that it can be customized! It's wonderful!

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  22. Beautiful! I love all the lettering you did! Wonderful job!

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  23. That is a really cute shade!~ Thanks for sharing with the newbie party.

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  24. OK. So I clicked this link over at Sugar Bee Craft because I love chandeliers and all things with chandeliers on them, but I am crazy impressed that you traced all of this! I'm your newest follower, and quite possibly now your biggest fan!

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  25. I love this!! I am so glad I follow you, I would have hated to miss this!! I even saved this one to my favorites!!

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  26. Ok, you added that comment about how quickly the tracing went, but I don't think I'd have the patience or steady hand to do what you did!!! It looks absolutely amazing!! I love it!!
    Saw you at Debbiedoo's Newbie Party and I am following you now!
    Thanks
    Debbie :)

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  27. Great lampshade and what a steady hand you must have to do all the tracing. You did a beautiful job!

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  28. This is fantastic. I great idea and the tracing is super.

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  29. Love this!! I'm pinning this to try, perhaps on the little lampshades on our dining room light fixture. (Um... we have some ready shades too... also hanging head in shame... and would LOVE shutters!) Found you via Debbie Doo's link party. :)

    PS - this took only one afternoon? That's amazing! Great job!

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  30. I love this project~yours looks even better than many I have seen in stores! I am your newest gfc follower! I hope you will stop over for a visit and maybe a follow. I am running a terrific jewelry giveaway this week! Enjoy the day...
    Angie
    www.swededreamer.blogspot.com

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  31. So beautiful. I can't believe how great it looks. I would love it if you would share this on Tout It Tuesday. http://www.claimingourspace.com/2012/08/tout-it-tuesday-19.html

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing on Tout It Tuesday. Hope to see you tomorrow.

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  32. Amazing job on you lampshade! I discovered you on Debbiedoos and I'm now a follower.

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  33. Love how this turned out ... this would be wonderful on the lamps I just transformed ;)
    Francine

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  34. Love this!!

    And--I might have to steal, (um, borrow) the acronym PBP. I have tons of them and always feel badly about the lack of decent before pics, etc.

    --Elena
    acasarella.blogspot.com

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  35. LOVE IT. I've gotta do one, or two, or maybe even three of these. And, I love your idea about having a song translated with Google Translate. Actually, I'd never heard of Google Translate. Ya learn something every day in the wonderful world of blog.
    Hey, Im now following you from PICKINandPAINTIN.blogspot.com. Please come visit me and maybe you'll decide to follow back??? THANKS.

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  36. Wow! I never would have guessed that you traced those words and images on! They look like the lamp shade came that way! Awesome! I'd love for you to share it at my blog party, Twirl & Take a Bow at www.houseontheway.com. It's every Tuesday and runs through Sunday. I love for you to stop by!

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  37. That looks even better than the PB shades! I think the time spent doing it would be worth it because it is so pretty...I could see me writing a favorite song on one. Have to put it on my 'someday' list! Great job!

    Hugs, Angie

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  38. Amazing! I'm always looking for ways to decorate my lamp shades but I have never considered tracing with a sharpie! It looks absolutely beautiful! I painted 2 lamp shades this week.....one I did with blue painter's tape and craft paint and the other with vinyl numbers and spray paint. Neither of them look as good as this though! Nice job!

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  39. This shade is fabulous. I, too, was ging to comment on the amount of time it must have taken. I am very impressed with the way it turned out and might just have to give this a try sometime... Lovely!

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  40. Never seen one done this way-BRILLIANT:}

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  41. Your lamp shade is adorable and so personally unique! Thank you for sharing your project at Potpourri Friday at 2805!

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  42. You TRACED all this???? I am so impressed! It's just gorgeous. Great job!

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  43. Such a simple and lovely idea!! It looks great!

    Sarah
    http://acatlikecuriosity.blogspot.co.uk

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  44. Girl - you continue to amaze and inspire me! Awesome work! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning!

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  45. Fantastic idea, love, love the lamp.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Michele

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  46. Love this! So creative!! Thanks for linking up at Pin It Thursday!

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  47. The lamp shade is fabulous! I also love the color that you painted the lamp base. I have been needing a couple of lamps, and just can't seem to figure out what color. I think this may be the winner!

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  48. brilliant!! i am going to share this in my weekly wow's on Sunday.

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  49. That is an adorable project ~ thanks for the sharpie "tip"!!!!

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  50. Wow, what a great idea! And your shade is just beautiful!

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  51. So sweet, Jeannine! I love it - personality + charm!

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  52. What a wonderful lamp! I just love it. I like that you applied it using a light box type technique. Stunning. Great job!

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  53. Happy to feature you at our party this morning! Hope to see you back again soon!

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  54. This is gorgeous! Love the chandelier!

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  55. So pretty!! I look forward to seeing you at MDC. I would like to invite ou to enter my 50 dollar giftcard giveaway to the store HomeGoods. The card can also be used at TJ Maxx and Marshalls.

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  56. Hi Jeannine, this is so fabulous, wow, all the work on it! I love it and that wonderful blue lamp base. You did an incredible job. I'll be featuring this post tomorrow on Vintage Inspiration, thanks so much for linking up!

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  57. What a fabulous idea!! It just makes the lamp so chic now! Great idea. Come link up to Centerpiece Wednesday on my blog and share your idea.
    Karin

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  58. Thank you so much for sharing at my party, it has been popular this week! I am featuring tomorrow afternoon, when the party starts at my place!

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  59. I absolutely love your lampshade. Featuring you on Saturday...can't wait to see what you share at this week's party (Saturday at 7pm). XO, Aimee

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  60. Absolutely BRILLIANT! Oh I love this!! good job!

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  61. Thank you for the perfect solution to my boring living room lampshade! I knew I wanted French script after falling in love with Paris during a sling trip with my husband. I have been waiting for just the perfect thing and now I have found it! Beautiful! Can't wait to do my shade! Thanks!

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  62. This is GORGEOUS! It really is a work of art. I love all the different scripts and pictures you included. Sarah

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  63. That had to take forever writing over all of that! What an amazing job. You have inspired me to try it. Thank you, for sharing.

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  64. Hi! Just in case you haven't seen the news, you have been featured at Potpourri Friday at 2805!

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  65. This is beautiful! what a great job! your newest follower!!

    Jan
    door251.com

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  66. I can't believe you did that with a sharpie. I am so stealing that idea. Amazing.

    Cait
    My House. My Canvas.
    caitgeddes.blogspot.com

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  67. This project looks like a lot of fun to me! Such a great idea...and turned out beautifully! Thanks for sharing with us!

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  68. Jeannine, this is Absolutely Gorgeous. Thank you for linking it up at our linky party athttp://www.fineCraftGuild.com .

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  69. It looks great! I bet it took awhile to do all that tracing but it was so worth it! I'm a new follower!

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  70. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. I love the lampshade and may have to try it myself.

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  71. Very cool. Looking forward to doing this!

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  72. I LOVE this shade! The way you laid out the graphics looks very professional. I don't know that my hand is steady enough for all that tracing, but I just might give it a try!!!

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  73. Great idea and I'm going to lift it to redo a lampshade in our guest bedroom.

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  74. I absolutely loved this lampshade the first time I read your post. I pinned it and found it again today. Just wanted you to know, I'm going to make it for my daughter's first house and give it to her at Christmas. Everybody wish me luck!!

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  75. I love to make one like this. Thanks for sharing.

    -FenchelShades.com

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  76. This is LOVELY!!!!!
    -Mika
    www.sparrowshaven.blogspot.com

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  77. I don't know about you, But I don't think I could ever trace as beautifully as you have. And was it an extra fine sharpie as I have used fine tip sharpies and have never gotten that thin of a line. Absolutely beautiful. Looks so professional and not hand traced at all. Again I don't think I will ever get the same results, but I am definately inspired to try.

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    1. Awe, thanks! It really wasn't that difficult, and I was truly amazed at how well it turned out. As in, big grins as I was doing it 'cuz I was so pleasantly surprised! And I did some googling... it appears what I used is officially an "Ultra Fine Point Sharpie". It's basically just like a pen. Hope you have great luck if you do try this, and you have to promise to show me if you tackle it!

      ~ Jeannine

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  78. Your lamp shade is adorable and so personally unique! Thank you for sharing your project.
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