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Ikea Lampshade Block-Printing DIY

See How We Transformed an Ikea Lampshade With a Potato

As part of our Styled by You $500 Giveaway with Ikea, Elka and I have been re-envisioning some Ikea products, thinking beyond the flatpack. Today, I'm sharing my first project, which was made with an ÅSELE lamp shade ($15) and a BRÅN Clear Glass Table Lamp Base ($20).

I was inspired by an Uzbeki ikat polka-dot fabric and was determined to re-create the look on my own. I decided to take a block-printing approach to replicate the pattern but needed some inspiration for an easy way to create a stamp. Enter the potato. Keep reading to see how this common household vegetable became the key to unlocking my coveted Uzbeki pattern!

To fashion the perfect ikat polka-dot stamp, I picked out a potato that had the width that I envisioned for my polka dots. I recommend not quite cutting the potato in half so that if you mess up, you can just slice off your mistake and try again. Grab a juicy pen and trace out the shape of your ikat polka dot, which is essentially just an oval with ridges. With an X-Acto knife, begin cutting out your ikat polka dot, whittling and scraping off potato scraps until you get a highly raised shape that will stamp cleanly. With a paintbrush, apply fabric paint or acrylic paint to your potato stamp and do several practice stamps on any scraps of fabric that you have — I used a plain linen bag that held some Cat Seto stationery.

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Once I got the feel for it, I began stamping my lampshade. While my ikat polka dots weren't perfectly laid out, it sort of lent to the nature of a hand-block-printed pattern. In a perfect world, my ikat polka dots would have been just a tad closer in proximity — but all in all, not bad for a $35 lamp.

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adawoodi adawoodi 5 years
 @Angela Swinderman Elias Oooh that's great! Thanks so much for the info. I think I'll be making a trip there this week 8>)!
Angela-Elias Angela-Elias 5 years
 @adawoodi Thanks!! The head was actually a Pier 1 find. I just checked and they still have it on their site... http://www.pier1.com/Catalog/Gifts/tabid/978/List/0/CategoryID/120/level/a/ProductID/1561/ProductName/Recycled-Glass-Head/Default.aspx
Lauren-from-MBaTR Lauren-from-MBaTR 5 years
I like the less-than-perfect pattern. Angela's right—it definitely adds to the lamp's "hand-block-printed pattern," which make the piece completely unique.
adawoodi adawoodi 5 years
That's really creative and looks great. I also am in love with that clear head bust. Where is that from? It's amazing!
Elka-Karl Elka-Karl 5 years
Great job! I love the color you chose, too. It really amps up the lamp's appeal.
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