Lace Lampshade

Lace Lampshade

How to give your IKEA lampshade some personality.

Jesse Genet

This project is shockingly simple, yet produces really beautiful and unique results. We were able to transfer the pattern of lace onto our lampshade by using the photographic property of Inkodye. It's like magic! The lamp we used was found at IKEA for $15, but any cotton or linen lampshade will work perfectly.


Inkodye ↗
Inkowash ↗
Lace doily
Push pins
Foam brush

1. Prepare

All we used for this project was a cheap lampshade, some lace, a sponge brush, a few push pins, and of course Inkodye!

Dilute Dilute

2. Dilute

To extend and lighten the dye add water. This step is optional, but it allows your bottle of Inkodye to last even longer! Stir the dye and water mixture to ensure even coloring.


3. Apply

Coat the lampshade with the Inkodye mixture, making sure to cover the canvas completely.

Pin doily

4. Pin doily

Next, use simple push pins to secure the lace. We pinned along the seem of the lampshade in order to keep the front flawless.

Cut off extra fabric

5. Cut off extra fabric

Cut off the extra fabric so that the print is undisturbed. Then, align and pin the bottom.


6. Expose

Watch the colors deepen and develop in the sun! We left the lamp out for about 7 minutes, rotated it, and left it out for 5 more.


7. Reveal

Remove the lace from the lampshade to expose the beautiful printed pattern. This is our favorite part!


8. Scrub

Wash with Inkowash and hot water to remove excess Inkodye. Don't be afraid to scrub hard; Inkodye is very permanent! Let dry.

You're done!

9. You're done!

Now you can display your newest piece of art anywhere around the house. Voilà!