I was given this lamp as an engagement present and have always loved its shape. As it's a neutral shade, I was planning on putting it in front of a feature wall with some quirky wallpaper behind it to make it stand out. But since we are renting for the time begining and don't fancy doing anything to crazy to the walls yet, I thought I'd have a go at making it stand out more and turn it into a feature piece. I was pleasently surprised at how easy this was to do. I looked up a few tutorials on pinterest and quickly realised how straight forward it was.
Basically all you need is:
A lamp shade you want to cover.
PVA Glue (or Mod Podge) and spreader.
Some old maps.
Scissors.Precut the maps to size. I didn't have one big enough to go all the way around so I just used some of my favourite pages. Once your maps are cut, apply a generous, but even amount of glue to no more than half the lampshade (trust me if you do all of it in one go you may end up in a sticky mess!) Allow the glue to to go slighty tacky before you add your first section of map. This will make it slightly easier for the map to stick to the lamp. Don't worry if you get some air bubbles, just gently ease them to the edges while the glue is still wet. If you want to can add a coat of glue on top of the map to create a varnished look. Work your way around the whole shade and put somewhere safe to dry. You could attach it back to the base of the lampshade if it's not to fiddly. Trim any edges that may look untidy or add some ribbon for a really prefessional look. Ta Da! One quirky customised map lamp completed in an hour!