Are you loving the botanical trend as much as I am? I’m kind of wanting to go over the top bohemian and fill my house with plants and greenery. I’m not sure if I have a green enough thumb but I’ve been adding new plants here and there and so far I’ve been successful at keeping everything alive. This week I decided to go botanical with my crafting as well and I created a leaf stamped botanical style lampshade that looks super cute in my study!
A lamp sat on this desk previously but it’s a tiny desk and the lamp took up needed work space. I decided to make a hanging pendant lamp instead.
Have you seen these kits before? I bought this one at Lowe’s. It simply screws right onto the top of the lampshade, hangs from hooks in the ceiling, and plugs into the wall. No wiring is needed so it’s an easy way to change up an area.
To make the lampshade, I bought a white shade, grabbed a foam brush and some bright green tropical looking paint from my stash, and picked a large canna lily leaf from my garden. Any large leaf or strand of leaves will work. Leaves that have a lot of texture and lines will obviously add more texture to the stamp.
Use the foam brush to paint the leaf, covering it all …
… and then stamp it onto the lampshade. Most large leaves won’t be flat and you’ll have to carefully accommodate the curve. Try to gently press down all over the edges and the leaf to press in the paint. I have a few spaces that didn’t get pressed in but I like the way it looks so I left it.
You may want to practice on a piece of paper before you stamp the actual shade since you only get one chance to make it work. I practiced a few times on a piece of paper until I figured out how best to hold the leaf and press it down.
Once the shade is dry, hang it back in place …
… and you have a super easy botanical style lampshade that’s totally on trend.
For another fun way to use leaves, check out these tropical leaf glass markers and coasters!