Valentine’s Lampshade Transformation DIY


Happy new week, everyone!  Hope you’re having a super weekend.  We went to enjoy a live theatre show last night in Portland, Oregon, and helped to video tape it.  The next few weeks are going to be super busy, because I’ll be working box office and house managing while my sweet hubby will be doing pre-show music in the theatre lobby to welcome patrons during this same theatre company’s run of shows that are part of the Fertile Ground Festival, a city-wide festival of new works for the stage, plus we’ve got band rehearsals for an upcoming Mardi Gras party in February, and I’m continuing work on my Shakespeare audition.


I’ve got another fun Valentine’s Day decor project for you that is an easy DIY.  I started with a paper lampshade . . .



. . . and turned it into this:



I picked up silk roses in white and pink shades from Dollar Tree.  The lamp base I found as a pair at a flea market several years ago, and got the pair for $1 and rewired them, then painted them white.


This project is a little like the Valentine’s wreath that I shared last week in terms of its construction.  First you pull the roses off the stems, and then make a little pilot hole in the lampshade where you want your rose to go.  (You will see that I took these pictures after I had completed making the shade–totally forgot as I was in the act of creating it!)  I made the hole with the leftover metal stems from the roses, and the final step is to push the rose base into the hole.  I found that the flowers held very well without any glue or anything, but I did pack them in quite snugly, which made a difference.





The lace doilys look to me like they are handmade.  I found them at thrift stores.  The little white bowl holds sticks of chalk for use with our nearby chalkboard TV cover, which I also wrote about last fall.



I paired my lampshade with a decorative pot that I made and posted directions for last fall.  I love this girl–she is a Broadway chorus girl from the 1920s–isn’t she beautiful?



The flower is a pink pelargonium, one of several that I am wintering over in the basement under lights, so they are continuing to bloom.  It gets watered and fertilized once every 2 weeks, and kept in either a sunny window or under lights, and they bloom like crazy.



This is the first year in a long time that I have decorated for Valentine’s Day–how about you?  I’d love to hear from you in the comments, so stop by for a visit!


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About AthenaMG

Athena McElrath is a Master Gardener with a love for gardening, decorating and cooking inexpensively. She enjoys working out in her urban garden in Southwest Washington State, watching the hummingbirds and other birds and insects, eating the wonderful vegetables, fruits and herbs that she produces from her garden, and just having a great time hanging out under the pergola with her family and friends (that is, whenever it stops raining long enough).
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14 Responses to Valentine’s Lampshade Transformation DIY

  1. Mindy says:

    Well isn’t that sweet?! Perfect for Valentine’s I’d say!

  2. That is such a good idea. I would never have thought of it! Your house is going to be very Valentine-y this year!

  3. Athena what a cute idea!!! It looks so pretty.

    Have a wonderful day!


  4. debbiedoos says:

    Oh wow that is so pretty! Thanks for sharing my dear lady.

  5. Get OUTTA here!!!! Wow, Athena…that’s really cool! The flowers have such a realistic look to them. What a fun addition for Valentine’s Day…or any day that you want to infuse a little romance. I only occasionally decorate for Valentine’s Day. This year, probably not as I will be preparing for Spring tablescaping classes to take place here. Great lamp! Have a fabulous week!

  6. Betsy says:

    It’s so pretty, quite a transformation and has me thinking about spring. Thanks for sharing:-)

  7. This is darling! So romantic and perfect for Valentine’s Day! I am looking forward to adding some Vday decor to my home soon!

  8. This is so cute, what a great way you attached them. I don’t think I could only use them for Valentine’s, I’d keep it all year, so romantic and pretty.

  9. Donna Heber says:

    Hi Athena,

    Your transformed lamp shade is adorable! So very creative.

  10. laurie says:

    That is the most romantic and feminine lampshade I’ve ever seen, Athena! Just beautiful! Thanks for sharing your tutorial!

    xoxo laurie

  11. Kathy says:

    This is a perfectly romantic lamp shade and vignette! I will be featuring your post in this week’s Home and Garden Thursday. I appreciate you sharing,

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