Upcycled Thrift Store Lamp Shade


I had an old lamp from my oldest daughter’s nursery.  It was missing a lamp shade so I headed to the thrift store. I found a great deal at Goodwill for what seemed like a new shade. I added some butterflies I had left over from the flower crowns I made my daughter and I. This upcycled thrift store lamp shade only takes minutes to make.

Time: 5-10 Minutes


  • Thrift Store Lamp and/or Shade
  • Craft Butterflies
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun

Watch the video tutorial:


This quick craft doesn’t really need instructions since it is SO easy and self-explanatory; however, the idea of upcycling is what I want to get across. You don’t have to spend a ton of money to make something look beautiful. I found the shade for $4.99 at Goodwill and simply hot glued craft butterflies that I had left over from another craft.

You can also use other materials to glue on the lamp shade like ribbon, pompoms, yarn or fabric. Mia’s room is really colorful, so these butterflies worked out perfectly. Make sure your materials are light weight and still allow light to shine through.

Here is the shade on a wall sconce.

To see the rest of Mia’s colorful room, check out my Girls Bedroom Décor Ideas post as well as How to Paint Stripes on a Bedroom Wall. You may also like 12 Storage and Organization Ideas for the Kid’s Room and 31 Kids Room Ideas You Can DIY.

I hope you enjoyed this super easy and inexpensive craft idea. Be sure to stop by my YouTube channel to catch all my craft and DIY video tutorials.

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