Weathered Old Newspaper Lamp Shade

I usually keep a stack of old newspaper around because it always comes in handy for wrapping items for storage or shipping, and it works well as a small drop cloth for craft projects.  


Back in the day (as in before the internet) I kept news paper around for other reasons, as in the searching the job ads, the car ads, the local entertainment, the tv guide, uhmm, this list could keep going.


So as I’m decluttering, I came across a small stack of old newspaper with my own hand writing on it, circling out potential jobs.  The newspapers dated back to 2001!  Okay so my decluttering is a little overdue.  Yes, the paper had gotten weathered and yellowy, and yes, the first thing I though of was the close call at the Old Yellow Newspaper Farm House.

I’ve been meaning to make a vintage newspaper craft.  Now was the time.


Enter basic, dark bronzish lamp from my lamp stash and the textured gold drum shade from my lamp shade stash.


Supplies to make this old newspaper lamp shade:

Crumpled up old newspaper

Decoupage: I used Mod Podge in matte, and then gave final coat in a gloss.

Sponge craft brush

Quick drying clear glue, I used Aleene’s Tacky Glue

Note: If you don’t have vintage looking newspaper, you can faux the vintage look by following an easy tea staining process found, here.


Crumple newspaper and then tear into piecse

Apply decoupage to lamp shade and to the back side of paper.

Apply the newspaper to the lamp shade, make sure to overlap, and make sure to let pieces hang over top and bottom of lamp shade.  Make sure to smooth the paper with your hands a lot.  Dampen fingers with warm water if needed to smooth.  Let dry.


Trim the part of the newspaper that hangs over the edge of the lamp shade down to

about 1/2″ (1.27 cm).


Apply the glue to the inside flap of the newspaper.


Fold down and tuck under the rim of the lamp shade.

Let dry.  Apply a few more coats of decoupage with drying time between each coat and be sure to smooth out paper.

Apply a top a clear coat of gloss or matte.








I currently have the lamp set up in my new craft room area in the basement.  It’s got a vintage vibe and an artsy fartsy look that may just work for this area.

Hot off the press and have a great day ~ Amy

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11 Responses to Weathered Old Newspaper Lamp Shade

  1. chris aka monkey June 1, 2015 at 9:15 am #

    oh amy i love this it is very artsy fartsy, if i had room in my bathroom i would put one in there xx

  2. Sharleen June 2, 2015 at 12:10 am #

    Woo hoo. Awesome. !! Just a great idea. LOVE it Miss Amy. You’ve done it again. ( master mind ) 😉

  3. Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel Vintaget June 13, 2015 at 1:09 pm #

    I love it Amy! It looks just incredible. What a fabulous makeover.

  4. Sarah R. June 14, 2015 at 3:29 pm #

    So cool!! I love this!!! And how sad to think that 2001 was nearly 15 years ago- how did that happen?? Hurray for awesome posts on Snickerdoodle Sunday- thank you for swinging by this weekend!

    Sarah (Sadie Seasongoods)

  5. Cheryl February 18, 2016 at 10:42 pm #

    This is a wonderful idea, I love how it turned out!!

  6. DazzleWhileFrazzled February 19, 2016 at 6:28 am #

    Very creative! Never would’ve thought of using newspaper as a lamp shade cover. Visiting from Vintage Charm party.

  7. Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel Vintage February 20, 2016 at 4:50 pm #

    This lamp is amazing Amy! I absolutely love it! Thanks so much for sharing it at Vintage Charm.

  8. Mary May 31, 2017 at 4:15 am #

    Amy I am such a sucker for anything newspaper or page related. Love what you did here. It has a certain old world charm! I’ll be sharing this on my fb!

    • Amy June 1, 2017 at 5:55 pm #

      HI Mary,
      Same here. If I had more rooms in this house I would do a wall, for sure. Wouldn’t that be fun? We could set up a little cafe table and drink coffee in front of it, LOL. Thanks so much, Mary

  9. Jeannee June 2, 2017 at 9:46 am #

    This shade is such a great improvement over the drab ol original! So creative !

    • Amy June 4, 2017 at 6:15 pm #

      Thanks so much, Jeannee. I really kinda love it because the newspaper has some of my job search markings on it (from 20 or so years ago.) I feel like it was such a simpler time back then, and now I’ve got a decoupaged memory, LOL.

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