Mid Century Inspired Lampshade with Martha Stewart Crafts Decoupage Medium

Hi everyone! As some of you have already heard, I recently have been lucky enough to blog for a Martha Stewart Crafts campaign from The Blueprint Social for Plaid. I received a box of goodies from Martha Stewart’s new decoupage line. You can find the line at Michael’s stores, and the line includes lots of papers, trims, and some really cool new decoupage mediums, like one that makes fabric like oilcloth. So cool! I received the matte and gloss mediums and a bunch of papers and some paint. I have had a couple of projects I have been wanting to do with decoupage for a while now, so this was a perfect time to give them a try. My living room in my home is eclectic mix of colors, textures, and prints. It has a slight mid-century modern feel to it. Let’s face it though, I will never be able to pull off a true mid mod vibe with all my hoarding! I love collecting too much! I do have some mid-century pieces in the room including a 1960’s vintage record stereo cabinet that is still in working order. I wanted to create a lampshade that had wood trim on it to tie the wood tone of my record player in with the rest of the room. Martha Stewart’s Decoupage medium worked beautifully for my little lampshade project!

Here’s What You Need:


*Martha Stewart Decoupage  Multi Surface Medium in Matte

*Large Paint Brush (Martha’s are fantastic!)

*Martha Stewart Paper Cut Outs (Wood Flowers)

*Iron On Wood Trim

*Wood Stain (optional)


Step1: Layout- The first thing you need to do is punch out your paper cut outs and layout your design.

Step 2: Decoupage- Brush a layer of your decoupage medium onto the backside of your paper cut out and also on the lampshade where you will be applying the paper.

Step 3: Apply- Gently lay your paper onto the lampshade where you brushed on the medium. Smooth out the paper until it is totally smooth and bubble free.

Step 4: Seal- Brush a layer of decoupage medium onto the top of the image. Repeat steps 2-4 with other paper cutouts in your layout.

Step 5: Add Trim- Stain your trim if you want to. My hubby had some of this trim in birch wood, so I stained it a darker color. Heat your iron on high and carefully iron on the trim around the top and bottom. Work in small sections heating the glue on the trim while keeping it straight against the shade and then pressing the trim down firmly. Start in the back with one end and work your way around and overlap slightly.

I have to say I LOVE my new lampshade! Now I need to get a teak floor lamp base to make it perfect! I love that the decoupaged flowers look like real wood too! It looks fantastic with my record cabinet! I am head over heels for Martha’s decoupage line! The finishes are not sticky, there was no bleeding of colors, and the finish is durable. I read that the finish is dishwasher safe when cured too, so you can use it on glass. So cool! I hope you all will give this diy a try, you’ll love it!

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*This post is part of a paid campaign from Plaid and The Blueprint Social. I received product and compensation for my post today. All opinions are 100% genuinely my own.

You can also check out the other two projects from this week that I enjoyed using Martha’s Decoupage Medium on Here and Here

Check out some of the other Martha Stewart Decoupage Projects from some of my Blogging Buddies!




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5 Responses

  1. I love it! It definitely has that retro vibe. Cool project.

  2. Can u use regular wallpaper for this project?

    • Yes Tammy, wallpaper would work. You can decoupage any kind of paper. You can also decoupage fabric, but you have to use the martha stewart fabric decoupage medium

  3. Where did you get the lamp base?

    • Sorry for the delayed response! I actually found the lamp base at Goodwill. Thrift stores are a great place to find cool lamps. You can also try TJ Maxx or Marshalls