A washi tape lamp is SO easy to make as long as you have the right surface! See how I did it with an IKEA lamp here – no skills are required to do this.
So recently I bought a lamp from IKEA. Can I tell you that I LOVE their lamps? I have so many and every time I go visit IKEA there is another one that I want.
So then I buy it, but really, how many lamps can you have?
Apparently a lot, because I keep buying them. One lamp that I bought was a basic glass style, modern but with ridges on it. And one day I thought, “wow, those ridges are perfect for washi tape!” And so my modern lamp revamp was born. Here’s how I did it.
DIY Washi Tape Lamp
Gather These Supplies
- IKEA Kvarna lamp (if the Kvarna isn’t available, IKEA has other flat lamps that will work – just check out their selection!)
- Washi tape in your choice of patterns
- Mod Podge (optional)
You just need a few basic supplies for this project. I actually didn’t end up using the Mod Podge, because the washi tape stuck to the lamp like glue.
BUT if the surface of your lamp is a bit more smooth/slick, Mod Podge will definitely come in handy. So keep it around just in case.
So all I did was choose my favorite washi tape pattern and then two colors (neon blue and neon green) that coordinated really well. I started on one side and worked from top to bottom, smoothing the tape down and trimming at the ends.
You’ll notice I started at different heights at the top of the lamp. I thought that would make it more interesting . . . and I liked the finished product.
You can do that, or you can keep them all the same length. It might be fun to go straight from top to bottom and leave no white of the lamp showing!
It would be at this time that, if needed, you would seal the lamp with Mod Podge. If you notice your tape start peeling up, you’ll want to do it.
Just paint the lamp with a few thin coats, allowing to dry between coats. I’d either use the Gloss or Matte formula depending on the finish you’re looking for.
Here’s the washi tape lamp completed . . .
And with the bulb in and turned on. I love it! It’s a completely different look – and when I want to change, I can take the tape off and re-do it. Yay. I’m so happy with my revamp.