We'll show you how to upgrade a lampshade with a pretty painted bird motif in just six steps

We’ll show you how to paint a lampshade with this cheerful bird motif. You could also use the design to decorate cushions and other items in your home.

Tested by us so it works for you, this is a slightly more tricky make that can be completed in around 3 hours.

How to paint a lampshade

You will need:

  • Lampshade
  • Tracing paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Sticky tape
  • Pebeo black 3D paint
  • Colouring pencil (optional)

1 Using the tracing paper and pencil, trace off bird design. Cut the tracing paper so there is a border around the edge of design for you to attach to the shade in next step.

How to paint a lampshade

2 Turn the tracing paper over and attach it to the lampshade with sticky tape. Carefully trace the design on to the lampshade with a pencil.

How to paint a lampshade

3 Remove the tracing paper. Then, with a steady hand, follow the design with the 3D paint – you may want to have a practice on a piece of paper first.

How to paint a lampshade

4 Using our photograph as a guide, add triangles, scallops, dots and lines to the bird – decorated as much or as little as you like! Add three lines and dots above the birds head for the crest.

How to paint a lampshade

5 With a steady hand, draw a line with the 3D paint, approximately 1cm from the top and bottom edges. You can use a tape measure and a pencil first if you prefer. Add triangles and lines to these borders, being careful not to smudge your design as you go.

How to paint a lampshade

6 Leave the paint to dry completely. Use a colouring pencil to shade in some of the areas. You can either do one flat shade or darken areas to give it some depth. Reattach the shade to the base.

Our top tip

You could use a black coloured pencil to shade in your design for a monochrome scheme or use a colour to match your decor