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Flower-Outline Lampshade How-To


We used a large shade for drama, but you can reproduce this idea on a small scale.


  • Botanical cuttings
  • Lamp and paper lampshade with stiff interior or plastic lining
  • Removable tape
  • Good-quality colored pencil


  1. Step 1

    Compose an overall pattern, and plot the spacing of botanical cuttings as desired.

  2. Step 2

    Adhere cuttings to the inside of shade with removable tape. Work in 1 small section at a time so as not to overheat and wilt the cuttings.

  3. Step 3

    Turn on light to illuminate the cuttings from behind.

  4. Step 4

    On outside of lampshade, outline cuttings with colored pencil. You may need to trace over the lines once or twice.

  5. Step 5

    Remove cuttings, and continue with the next section. Work your way around shade.

Martha Stewart Living, March 2011

Reviews (1)

  • Juniemoone 4 Sep, 2012

    Wouldn't the same effect be created with botanical paper such as wrapping paper or wall paper???