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DIY: Map Lamp

If you have an armchair explorer in your house (you know the type, they have a whole drawer in a cabinet stuffed with maps and atlases), then I have a perfect project for that special wanderer. Chez Larsson came up with this easy and fun lampshade project that will add some topography to your living room, without putting a dent in your pocketbook.


What You'll Need

  • White lampshade
  • Map
  • Cutting surface, such as cutting board
  • Spray adhesive
  • Scissors or Exacto knife

To find out how to make it,

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Here's how to do it, from Chez Larsson:

  1. Measure between the edges of the lampshade and cut a long strip that covers the shade and then some.
  2. Spray permanent spray adhesive onto the back of the map in a well-ventilated area and affix to the outside of the shade, smoothing out any air bubbles with your hands.
  3. Let dry, and enjoy!

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ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 8 years
Ohhhh urban chic, that is also a fantastic idea. I bought houndstooth wrapping paper for a project that didn't go so well, but it would be GREAT since I wanted a houndstooth lamp anyway.
urban-chic-101 urban-chic-101 8 years
Wow.. I think I'll try this with wrapping paper that I love! Such a fantastic idea! Do you think it would work on the interior of the lamp shade, so you get a cascade of color and light?
psterling psterling 8 years
My husband is a geographer and this would be so cool for him
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 8 years
LOVE THAT! Fantastic idea!
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
This would make a perfect Christmas gift for my husband!
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