Magazine article Sunset

Shades of Spring

Magazine article Sunset

Shades of Spring

Article excerpt

A secret bloom stays hidden till you switch on the light

A plain lampshade becomes an early breath of spring when you give it a stealth blossom. The surprise: a paper flower on the inside lining that's visible only when the lamp is turned on.

Materials and directions

TIME: About an hour

COST: About $25 (not including lamp base)

* Template (use your own design or download ours at

* White lampshade

* Cutting mat or thick cardboard

* Medium-weight white rice paper (see note; available at art-supply stores)

* Craft knife

* Repositionable spray adhesive (such as 3M Spray Mount Artist's Adhesive; available at art-supply stores)

NOTE: Before cutting your design, test a swatch of the rice paper against your lampshade. The paper should be opaque enough to leave a visible shadow.

1 Adjust the design to fit your shade. It's okay if you need to trim the tip from a top or bottom petal-a little cropping adds drama.

2 Cut out the design. Lay down a cutting mat or cardboard, then tape your template to a sheet of rice paper. Using a craft knife, cut out your flower on top of the cardboard or mat. …

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