There are many easy projects that can you can do on a weekend or evening to make a difference in your home decor. Everyone wants their home to be personalized and have touches that reflect their creativity. An easy way to add a finishing touch to a lamp is to create a lampshade that helps bring cohesion to your design. This lampshade tutorial from Young Wifey's Blog gives direction on how to customize a simple linen lampshade. The best type of lampshade is one that is light in color and slightly transparent so the light will shine through and illuminate the image.
You begin by choosing a lampshade and a design that will work with your home. This could be a lampshade for a floor lamp, table lamp, or even those tiny chandelier lampshades. Your image could be a picture, words, or a pattern. Once you have chosen an image, print it out and make sure it is proportionally correct with the shade. Tape the image inside the shade, turn on the lamp and trace with a permanent marker. Choose a fine tip marker for more intricate designs and a larger tipped marker for thicker lines or solid parts.
If you want to create a design that you can change out seasonally, instead of drawing on the shade with marker you can tape the image inside of the lampshade. Just be sure to be the tape on parts of the image that are solid so your tape will not shine through. This is a fun idea to do in a child's room, where you can include a silhouette of his/her favorite character that can be easily changed as tastes mature and develop.
No matter what design you decide to include, you are customizing your home in a little way that will make a big impact. This project has limitless possibilities, so use your imagination and enjoy the creative process.