DIY Sharpie Marker on a Lamp Shade Idea

Sharpie Marker Lamp Shade
This is a lamp shade DIY project that has personality and doesn’t cost much to do. This project was originally on but is no longer online. If  the original poster would like it removed, please contact us. We also moved many of the comments over so you can read the previous discussions. This was listed on our sharpie marker ideas page.

..Well I couldn’t deal with it’s blahness anymore. So I whipped out some left over cotton fabric (looks like linen), a thick black sharpie & for no cost recovered the shade with words….More specifically, I wrote a free flowing love letter to Olly from his Mommy & Daddy…and I must say I love the edge it gives his room. And how many little boys do you know who have lamp shades for their reading nook covered in words? Not too many that I know of ;.) For those who think I have lost my marbles & decor sense feel free to skip the rest of the post so I can preserve my credibility haha…the rest of you thanks for supporting me & my crazy idea haha. It may not be the look for everyone, but it’s good for us because it fits the whimsical feel of his room…The idea of him having a serious room went out the window the minute I hung up a family portrait involving mustaches haha.

I hope it’s something that sparks the idea in him as he is growing up to create and think outside the box….well, let’s hope that’s what he takes away from it and not to go around the house writing on mommy’s lamps shades ;./ haha. Have a great day!


  1. southfeasterdelphiaAugust 8, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Great improvement! I never would have had the guts to permanently display a love letter AND execute it without a mistake!

  2. DaciaAugust 8, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    I think it looks great! Awesome idea..cant beat an update thats free 🙂

  3. livingwellonthecheap.comAugust 8, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    I love it! Its so sweet and creative and Im jealous of your pretty handwriting!

  4. AnonymousOctober 18, 2011 at 10:35 PM

    How did you do it??

  5. My Sparrows NestOctober 19, 2011 at 8:38 AM

    I love this. I found the photo on Pinterest and followed you here. How hard was it to put the fabric on the shade? That seems intimidating to me. I think its beautiful and so sweet.

  6. Ollys mamaOctober 19, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    It was super easy just took a sharpie and a little freestyle writing ;.)

    My sparrows nest…Welcome to the blog ;.) I just cut the fabric to size of a shade I already had and used some spray adhesive and worked my way around the shade. If it seems crazy overwhelming its not, you can totally handle it or you can always buy a shade that has fabric you like to write on without changing it. Welcome again! ;.)

  7. Danielle E.October 21, 2011 at 2:38 AM

    I absolutely love this idea! Very original. I also found this on Pinterest and Im glad I did. Where did you get the fabric? Thanks!

  8. Kimberly BonhamOctober 21, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    This is such an amazing idea! I am totally doing this!

  9. ShayOctober 22, 2011 at 2:01 AM

    So clever, but most important of all, so personal. Love it! Shay

  10. Amy @ Positively SplendidOctober 22, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    I am in the process of putting the finishing touches on my sons nursery, and I think this idea will definitely come into play. I shared this with my readers in my Saturday Seven lineup this weekend!

  11. ColeyOctober 22, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    Oh my goodness. As a writer, I love things w/ words, newsprint, handwriting, etc. How cute would something like this be in a master bedroom with wedding vows written on the shade? Love the idea. TY for sharing.

  12. ShelleyOctober 22, 2011 at 10:42 PM

    Not only is this insanely gorgeous, but the sweetest thing ever! LOVE it.

  13. Olly’s mamaOctober 24, 2011 at 2:25 AM

    Thanks so much to all of you!!!!

  14. AnonymousOctober 26, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    I saw this on Pinterest and loved the unique idea. Last night, I got brave and wrote the lyrics to “our song” directly on the linen-color lampshade. It turned out great – thanks!!!

  15. Olly’s mamaOctober 27, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    awww thats so exciting & awesome! I love the “your song” idea! thanks so much again!

  16. JulieOctober 27, 2011 at 11:07 PM

    This is so stinkin cute!! What a create, inexpensive idea to add instant personalization to the room. Youve inspired me!! Thanks for sharing!

  17. LoriNovember 2, 2011 at 9:50 PM

    I have loved this project since I saw it, but I havent done it yet myself. Cant wait to! In the meantime, I am feauturing you on my blog Thank you! ~Lori

  18. Olly’s mamaNovember 4, 2011 at 12:50 AM

    Thanks so much Lori you are too sweet ;.)

  19. Grace AdkinsNovember 12, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    Thanks so much for posting this! It inspired me to make my own version! I did mine in burlap instead of linen which didnt turn out quite as well, but I liked the over all effect.

  20. LindseyNovember 18, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    Love, love, love this idea!!! So creative! I have too many blah lamp shades to re-invent. Dont know what I am going to write, but I am going to use this idea on one of my shades. Thanks for the great idea!

  21. BRIAN+SHELBIE CLEMENTNovember 30, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    I love this idea. I also followed my way over from Pinterest! I also must know where you got the white deer head. I have been looking for one exactly like it but can not find just the right one.


  22. AnonymousDecember 4, 2011 at 10:34 PM

    Got to know where you got the lamp! Beautiful base!

  23. Olly’s mamaDecember 5, 2011 at 3:01 AM

    I got the base at Homegoods…. Thanks so much! We just love its:.)

  24. Cheryl LewisJanuary 2, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    Love this idea! Reminds me of our tall floor lamp – my teens write messages back & forth on its inverted plastic shade with dry erase markers! Guests think weve lost our minds, but I love it 🙂


  25. AmandaJanuary 7, 2012 at 8:11 AM

    I love this idea, I have featured it on Craft Gossip 🙂

  26. Twyla GariepyJanuary 8, 2012 at 5:19 AM

    Love this idea. Love the lamp. But I also want to read the whole letter to your son. 🙂 Great job.

  27. PamJanuary 10, 2012 at 8:06 AM

    I just did a post yesterday on how I needed to fancy up my plain white lampshade and someone sent me over to your blog. Love your shade. Love the blue flowered pillow one also. Great ideas.

  28. CK PhotographyJanuary 22, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Awesome lamp. OK, Where did you find the WHITE Deer mount at? I love that, want it for a nursery! thanks!

  29. Olly’s mamaJanuary 22, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    I got the deer head at Zgallerie I love it! ;.)

  30. KatieJanuary 23, 2012 at 8:27 AM

    OMG! I love this idea! Super simple to create!

  31. AnonymousJanuary 24, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    I love this idea. But I especially love the bike art. Did you make it?

  32. Olly’s mamaJanuary 24, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    Thanks so much, I actually bought it at Homegoods.

  33. heathertiger15January 26, 2012 at 3:32 AM

    Love, love this! I am so going to add this to my nursery board and then add it to the decor soon! Such a fabulous project and priceless treasure. Great job!

  34. SanjushkaJanuary 28, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    this is really nice, great idea!

  35. bethMarch 28, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    Beautiful in every way!

  36. SavtamamaApril 29, 2012 at 8:08 AM


  37. Nicole YoungMay 2, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    What size is the deer head you got at ZGallerie? The small or large one? Thanks!

  38. Olly’s mamaMay 2, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    Its the large one ;.)

  39. JaneJune 7, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Love this idea as well as a couple of others that I have noticed while here. I would love to be able to read the whole letter to your son. Could you post please? Thanks

  40. NancyJune 25, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    Fantastic, I love it.

  41. ChrissieJuly 7, 2012 at 7:36 AM

    I love this idea for my home office, where I write stories! I could put one of my existing stories or write something new! Hmm… ideas.

  42. CredilyaJuly 9, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Hrm…I wonder how easy it would be to do this on a conical shape rather than the flat barrel. Mine are just slightly inverted at the top so it might take some work to get the fabric to wrap well and fit.

    Lovely idea!

  43. Jamie GuptonJuly 29, 2012 at 3:23 AM

    Pinning this right now! Thank you!

  44. AnonymousSeptember 14, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    did you write it and THEN glue the fabric onto the shade. or glue the fabric on and THEN write the letter? Looks great!

  45. litsjeSeptember 27, 2012 at 3:08 AM

    Also on my to do list. Stunning idea.

  46. Christina TaylorSeptember 27, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Instead of adhering fabric to my shade, and then writing… I just wrote directly on my lampshade!! It blurred a little, but I like the effect. I wrote out the lyrics to “I Cross My Heart” by George Strait, because my husband surprised me on our wedding day by singing it to me during our ceremony (I completely didnt know that he had changed the order of the ceremony to add it in!!) A special way to display meaningful words in our family!! 🙂 Thanks for the idea!

  47. Katie TruesdaleOctober 2, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    Love this! I think you could adapt it really well to all different situations or rooms. Im linking to this on my blog! Thanks!

  48. BeaOctober 5, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    I love this!!! I found the pic in pinterest! I was looking for something like that!
    Thanks for share it

  49. Ady WrightOctober 5, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    New reader here and I absolutely love this idea!!! I am not so good of a DIY-er without instructions though… do you have any more specific on how you did this? I can google probably. BUT I LOVE IT. How did you come up with the love story you wanted to write?

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  50. atightsqueezeNovember 7, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    I love this lampshade! I saw it in the picture of the dresser redo as an inspiration pic for a different dresser redo and followed the breadcrumbs back to see the original lamp post. Beautiful idea!

  51. Theresa @junk2jewels-diy.blogspot.comNovember 8, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Wonderful idea and turned out great! I want to do this for my living room with my two lamps on my desk! Wonderful inspiration! Thank you for sharing!!

  52. AnonymousFebruary 27, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Love the decor. Where did you get the white horse head ? Since its been a while from your post, where can I find something similar?

  53. AnonymousApril 6, 2013 at 3:03 AM

    This is such an awesome idea! I bought an a yellow lamp base from target and couldnt think of what kind of lamp shade to put, but i think this is it! Im thinking of maybe putting mine and my fiancés favorite song quotes on it! Thanks for the great idea! Also this room looks great, any little one to have such a neat room is lucky! 🙂

  54. Mossy JojoApril 29, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Just found this on pinterest. Loved it!! Because its so personal and sweet. I actually did something similar few weeks ago with sharpie, favourite quotes and 2 lampshades.

  55. screendoorgirl3May 3, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    This is so pretty! What a simple, creative idea. Great job, thanks!

  56. AleksJune 13, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    LOVE this idea! and the stallion lamp bas! Pinning this!

  57. jrenee54June 16, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    What a great idea…and why didnt i think of that when there are lampshades with writing on them in catalogs???? I will be doing this! Thanks!!!!

  58. Deb SandersJuly 21, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Thanks for such a cute idea. I tried a version of this. Printed out a seahorse in sea grass from my computer, taped it to the underside of the shade, then traced over the image with a Sharpie. Looks fantastic in my beach inspired room.

  59. AnonymousAugust 3, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    not only is it just extremely clever and too, too cute….but, you are a precious mom leave a message like this that will sink in for a long time…God bless you !!

  60. AnonymousNovember 19, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Ive been looking for a way to display the lyrics to my favorite song in my master bedroom which has a whimsical country-chic look. This idea would be perfect!

  61. Natalia F.December 4, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    When the light is on, it through the words or it make a shadow in shape of the words?


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