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Silhouette reading lamp

by: Jo

Silhouette reading lamp
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I really loved the look I got when I created the cityscape silhouette lampshade for my kitchen work desk, so I decided to make another version for a lamp I bought at Kirkland’s to go in MiniMe’s room.

Since this was going to be a reading lamp, I decided to use the phrase “Once Upon a Time”. I used my Silhouette machine to cut the saying out of black scrapbook paper. I’m sharing the cut file with you, but in case you do not have a cutting machine, I’m also sharing a JPG file that you can print onto cardstock and cut out by hand.

Silhouette Studio (V2 & V3) Files (.ZIP)


“Once Upon a Time” Word Art File (.JPG)

Once I had my piece cut out, I just used a little spray adhesive on the front of the letters and pressed it onto the inside of the lamp shade. Super simple!

I love how it looks so ordinary when it’s off but then turns magical when she turns it on to read a good book!


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35 comments so far:

  • 1
    Deborah montgomery 04/27/2012 at 1:29 pm

    I really want to win and have a Kirkland home since I lost my home 5/22/11 in the tornado, I have a new home that’s very empty !!!

  • 2
    Jessica Holbrook 05/01/2012 at 11:10 pm

    Super cool idea! I think I’ll try this in my son’s room with a Transformer Autobot symbol. =)

  • 3
    Lisa 05/14/2012 at 8:36 pm

    Thank you for the PDF download since I don’t have a cricut yet. I really appreciate it. This will be great for Christmas!

  • 4
    Courtney 06/22/2012 at 3:37 pm

    How fun is that! This is perfect for the lamp in my daughter’s new princess room. Thanks!

  • 5
    Donna 07/02/2012 at 9:21 pm

    Can’t afford a Cricut right now, but could you please make a template “Home Sweet Home”.


  • 6
    Wendy 08/13/2012 at 1:24 am

    This is a great idea. I am getting started on this project right away. Thank you for sharing!

  • 7
    Shirley 09/14/2012 at 9:57 am

    What a fantastic idea. I want to do this!

    Thanks so much!

  • 8
    Sue 10/20/2012 at 10:19 am

    With the heat from the light bulb, how well does the stencil stick and stay stuck LONG TERM to the lamp shade?

  • 9
    Chica 10/21/2012 at 11:11 am

    Sue I haven’t had any problem with the words sticking, but your results will vary depending on the material your lampshade is made of, the weight of the paper you use, and how much and what type of glue you apply.

  • 10
    Jennie 08/25/2013 at 8:39 pm

    I just made this lampshade to go on a lamp my husband made out of old books. It was such a perfect fit and we put the lamp on an old school desk as a side table in my 2 daughters room. I love it and thank you so much for the idea and stencil. I pinned my picture on pinterest and copied the link to your page so you can get credit for the awesome idea. (I hope that was okay) LOVE LOVE LOVE!

  • 11
    Chica 08/26/2013 at 6:50 pm

    Jennie, that sounds gorgeous! We love that you pinned it, and thanks for adding a link to our page :)

  • 12
    Jody Holland 10/19/2014 at 10:51 pm

    I am going to do this along with some vintage pictures of my Grandparents glued to the sides of the shade. This lamp will sit on top of a cupboard that I have decopodged two pictures of my parents on.

  • 13
    Chica 10/23/2014 at 7:43 pm

    What a lovely idea, Jody!

  • 14
    Jenny 12/14/2014 at 10:24 am

    Hi Jo I think this is a fab idea. I am going to make a lamp with a harry potter quote, would you be able to advise me as I am not the most artistic :)

  • 15
    Marjolaine 04/20/2015 at 1:41 pm

    Ho my god, thank you so much for the PDF of the writtin template !!

  • 16
    JILL 06/14/2015 at 11:28 am

    Beautiful ‘Once upon a Time’ Lampshade girls – given me much inspiration. Thank you. Warm Wishes from freezing Southeast Aussie! Brrrrrrrrr!

  • 17
    Chica 06/14/2015 at 3:28 pm

    So happy to have inspired you, Jill!

  • 18
    Launa 08/19/2015 at 9:38 am

    Thank you (and Pinterest) for this wonderful idea. I made it for a floor lamp that the base is a big stack of books. It will be in my grand-daughter”s “Once Upon a Time” themed nursery.

  • 19
    Chica 08/22/2015 at 10:18 am

    Launa, that sounds lovely!

  • 20
    Kay 10/04/2015 at 10:19 pm

    Thank you for the idea! I am making this for my son’s nursery. :) Quick question, did you have any problems with the paper burning at all? That’s the only thing I’m worried about. I’m using cardstock and spray adhesive.

  • 21
    Chica 10/05/2015 at 12:11 pm

    Kay, we did not have any issues with the paper burning. We recommend using a low wattage bulb to be extra safe.

  • 22
    Lisa 10/07/2015 at 11:18 am

    Can,you use vinyl paper

  • 23
    Chica 10/07/2015 at 11:57 am

    Lisa, we haven’t tried with vinyl, but we suspect that the warmth of the bulb might make the adhesive lost its stickiness after a while. If you try it out, let us know how it goes.

  • 24
    Lisa 10/07/2015 at 12:19 pm

    I agree with you…. after i put some thought to it i dont think the vinyl would work good either. .. so you used scrapbook paper rigjt and thank you! ! !

  • 25
    Alex 12/02/2015 at 10:04 am

    Hi! Could you tell me the name of the font you used? Thanks a lot.

  • 26
    Chica 12/03/2015 at 8:16 am

    Alex, we used a design from the Storybrook Cricut cartridge.

  • 27
    Vickie 12/18/2015 at 4:12 am

    Hi Chica, I love this! I just got a new Cricut Explore Air two days ago. Is there a special file that you can provide so that I can cut this using my Cricut? Thanks for posting this idea….and I think your blog is fantastic!

  • 28
    Chica 12/19/2015 at 12:03 pm

    Thanks, Vickie! Jo made this using the Storybook Cricut cartridge.

  • 29
    Alyssa 03/03/2016 at 1:23 pm

    This is a great way to dress up a lamp. I’m featuring this on my site if you don’t mind.

  • 30
    Chica 03/07/2016 at 4:02 pm

    Thanks, Alyssa. We’d love to be featured on your site!

  • 31
    Billie castellanos 09/11/2016 at 6:44 pm

    There are seven of us in my family..5 kids:)…Everyone calls us “The Zoo Crew”..I was given a table with a built in lamp…so our lampshade says “The Zoo Crew”..We love love love it!! Thank you for the inspiration!!

  • 32
    Chica 09/22/2016 at 7:11 am

    Billie, that’s such a fun idea, and so personal to your family!

  • 33
    Jhumie 10/16/2016 at 2:30 pm

    I love this..!

  • 34
    Bonnie Gabor 11/21/2016 at 5:41 pm

    How or where should I get the stencil or silhouette? I’d really love to make this?

  • 35
    Jo 11/22/2016 at 9:07 am

    Bonnie, here’s a link to the template: You can print it out on card stock and then cut it out. You can scale the size to fit your lamp!

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