A 15-Minute DIY Pom Pom Lamp

September 12, 2018

I’ve got a special treat for you guys today! I’m participating in a Color Splash Blog Hop, which means that several other color-loving ladies and I have all joined forces to bring you blog posts about some of our favorite color-filled projects. I always love seeing how other people decorate with color, so this felt like it was right up my (and your!) alley. Special thanks to my girl Jewel of Jeweled Interiors for coordinating it all. 🙂

Today’s post is all about a super easy DIY that I just tackled: I gave an old lamp a face lift, and now it has a new home in my daughter’s bedroom.

Moral of the story: If you have a lamp that’s no longer your style, don’t throw it away! There are lots of quick, simple ways to give it new life, and that’s exactly what we’re chatting about today.

Here’s the lovely “before” of a lamp I purchased over 4 years ago. (And don’t you love that the “before” was taken in my garage at 10pm on a Monday night? Because doesn’t everyone spray paint lamps on weeknights after doing dishes and putting the kids to bed?)

diy pom pom lamp before

Ick. The yellow seemed like a good idea years ago as I was roaming around the clearance aisles of Target, but today this guy doesn’t really coordinate with any of the rooms in our home.

Not to mention that the ribbon trim is coming off….YIKES.

diy pom pom lamp before 2

The lamp on my daughter’s dresser recently broke (meaning my two-year old ripped the on/off switch right off the side of the lamp), so this seemed like a perfect time to tackle a DIY to salvage this old yellow table lamp and give her some new lighting. (By the way, you can check out her full room reveal right here that I posted a few months ago.)

Enter the easiest pom-pom trim lamp EVER.

Here’s the after:

easy diy pom pom lamp

And here are the simple instructions for giving a lamp of your own a quick and easy makeover.

My favorite part? I didn’t even have to use hot glue for this (which I hate because it makes SUCH a mess). Wanna know my secret weapon for adhering the pom poms to the shade? Keep reading!

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  • Remove the lamp shade from the base. Set it aside.
  • Wrap the lamp cord, along with the harp and socket, with painter’s tape to protect it during the spray painting process.
  • Spray paint your lamp base, using 2-3 light coats of paint. Allow for drying time in between coats.
  • Once the paint is dry, remove the painter’s tape from the lamp.
  • While your paint is drying, remove any ribbon trim from your lamp shade. If the trim can’t easily be removed, you may need to purchase a new shade.
  • Using 6″ strips of the peel-and-stick fabric tape, line the edge of the lamp shade with tape. Attach your pom poms, leaving the desired amount of space between each one.
  • Repeat the above step with the fabric tape and pom-poms until you’ve adhered the poms around the entire edge of the shade.

You probably guessed this already, but the secret weapon I mentioned? It’s the fabric tape.

I was SO pumped to find a no-mess way to give the lamp shade a makeover.

And you can’t even see the fabric tape, even when you’re looking at the lamp up close. See?

diy pom pom lamp shade after

There you have it! A quick and easy (and non-messy!) DIY lamp makeover.

This would be so cute in a playroom, a kids’ homework room, or even in another room of the home where you’re looking to add some whimsy.

And here’s one more “after” photo for good measure:

diy pom pom lamp shade trim


Before you go, make sure to check out all the other fabulous, colorful projects from ALL the ladies participating in the Color Splash Blog Hop! Just click on the links below to take a peek at all their amazing posts. Trust me, they are SO MUCH FUN and if you love colorful decor as much as I do, you’ll want to check out every single one!

Jeweled Interiors | Clayton Makes | PMQ For Two | DIY Decor Mom | Designer Trapped | Dimples and Tangles

Heathered Nest | Haneen’s Haven | At Charlotte’s House | Domicile 37


This colorful DIY pom pom lamp is so cute!

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Hey! I’m Kate — I love decorating with color and pattern. I also love finding decorating “easy” buttons: quick DIYs, simple organization hacks and amazing steals at Target.

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  1. What a cute lamp! Perfect for a little girl’s room. My daughters would love to have something link this!

    • Thanks so much, Jewel! My six-year old loves it. Although I am definitely looking forward to the day when I can design something more sophisticated as she gets older, just as you did for your daughter. Love that room and the headboard so much!

  2. This is SO CUTE! I am pretty much obsessed with pom poms!

    • Thank you, Tasha! My daughter is obsessed with pom poms and all things colorful. I feel like your girls and mine would get along! 😉

  3. I could put pom poms on anything in my home. I love them. This looks great!

    • Thank you, Charlotte! I agree with you — pom poms add such a fun touch to just about anything!

  4. This is so much fun and it looks great against that green wall!

    • Thank you, Jess!

  5. How fun! A great little upcycle project, and one that looks oh so colourful! Well done Boo!

    • Aw, thanks, Ariel! I’m so grateful to have found such an amazing, color-loving tribe of talented bloggers. 🙂 Thrilled to participate in this blog hop with you all!

  6. Kate this is so stinking cute and something that can actually be done quickly and easily! I love it!!

    • Aw…thanks for the kind words, Clayton! It was definitely a quick and easy project…those are the only kind I like, haha. 😉

  7. cute cute CUTE!!! I happen to adore ANYTHING with a pom pom!

    • Thanks, lady! All about the pom-poms, for sure….they add a fun touch to so many items!


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