How To Make A Lampshade Out Of Doilies

We all need a bit of change every now and then. Whether it be new furniture, a fresh coat of paint, or even just some simple organizing, change can help breathe new life into the look and feel of a home. One of the most overlooked items when it comes to home decor is the light fixtures. If you are looking for something elegant to spruce up a room, however, new light fixtures can be expensive. If a new light doesn't exactly fit into your budget, why not give these simple and inexpensive DIY lanterns a try? Even in well-lit rooms, these lanterns can be used as elegant accent lighting.

To start this project you will need:

  • A pack of cloth doilies
  •  A balloon
  •  Petroleum jelly
  •  Elmer's glue
  •  Water
  • A mixing bowl
  •  A paintbrush
  •  Scissors
  •  A measuring spoon
  •  Flour
  •  A light kit

The first thing to do is to completely inflate the balloon. The balloon's size will be the size of the lantern.

Cover the balloon with a layer of petroleum jelly. This will ensure the doilies do not stick to it.

In a mixing bowl, empty out a bottle of Elmer's glue.

Add one tablespoon of flour to the glue in the bowl and start to mix it together.

While mixing, add in two tablespoons of water to make it more spreadable.


After mixing, the end result should be of this consistency.

Place the balloon in a bowl or container to keep it upright. Then, start covering it with the doilies, starting with the largest on the top. Make sure they are completely flat so that there won't be any bubbles and so the shape will be consistent.

Paint layers of glue over the doilies to keep them in place as you start to add more. Always start from the center of each doily and brush outward toward the ends.

Place smaller doilies toward the bottom of the balloon and continue to paint them on. Make sure that they overlap a bit so that there is no space in between.

Continue painting on more glue to keep the newly added ones in place.

Do this until the balloon is completely covered, except for a small opening in the bottom where the bulb will be placed.


Once the glue has completely dried, pop the balloon.

Remove the pieces of the balloon out of the shade.

Screw a bulb into the light kit and place it inside the hole.

The end result should look something like this:

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H/T: FaithTap | Seventeen

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