DIY Old Book Canvas &Lamp Shade Tutorial

Posted: August 16, 2012 in Crafts, Family Love
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Creative way to decorate using favorite books.  Great for apartment living!

I saw this on and fell in love with it!  So here are the directions from the blogspot.

So….I got really creative the other day and made something that I’m in LOVE with for my toddler’s big boy room. I haven’t been able to find a lamp that was both cute, and kid-like, but not too themey or juvenile. I mean…my son is only two but I didn’t want cartoon character’s ALL over his room. Well I happened to have an old Cat in the Hat book and decided to get creative with it. My son had destroyed and colored on half the pages and it was in a sad state so I thought I would re-purpose it into a cool lamp shade and some wall art. Ok, if anyone wants to try this at home, all you need is a lamp shade that you want to use. I used this one

I took this picture after I took off the metal support rings that kept the shade in the round shape but you don’t really have to do that. You can cover it just fine leaving everything together. I’m just showing you all the way I went about it.

Next you will need the following supplies.

You will need a hot glue gun, high or low melt….and LOTS of glue sticks, as well as a children’s book that you want to destroy!
Next, you are gonna cut or rip the pages you want to use out of the book. I like the ripped edge look so I just ripped them out and then ripped off any parts of the pages that I didn’t like. I wanted a mix of the words and the pictures so I just grabbed the pages that I really liked.
Next…Take the page you want to start with and fold over the top lip of the shade…add some hot glue so it’ll stay and press the edges down so its flat and secure. It’ll look like this.

Next you are gonna glue the rest of the edges down…and then just keep on going all the way around the shade. You probably won’t have pages that are long enough to go all the way to the bottom of the page like I did…if you don’t…no worries….you’ll just rip off extra page sections to go on the bottom and glue them down and the fold the bottom lip of those sections to the inside bottom of the shade and glue those down. You may have to rip the edge into a few sections like so…that way you can glue them down individually and get a tighter fit. 

Once you have done all that you’ll have something that looks like this.

After I was done with gluing all my pages down I waited till it was done and then glued the two rings (top and bottom) back into the lamp shade so it would hold its shape properly. If you don’t take your shade apart like I did then you can skip this step. I then took a cheapo paint brush and brushed mod podge onto the pages. After the first coat was on I let it dry for about an hour, then brushed on another coat.
You will end up with an adorable finished product and your kids will LOVE it!

I also whipped up a book page canvas with some more mod podge and some more book pages and an old ghetto canvas that was in my garage…Tah dah!

I love it! I hope you guys all try this for your toddler’s rooms…please show me if you do!!

Special thanks to for this!!  I LOVE IT!

  1. Megan says:

    LOVE the canvas idea!

  2. firebird83 says:

    Very creative. This is awesome!

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