Ombre Lamp Shade

March 16 2021

Let your light shine with this ombre-dyed lampshade brought to your by our good friend Rachel of TheCraftedLife. She took a basic white lampshade and gave it a colorful makeover, scroll down for the complete tutorial.



  • White Cotton Lampshade
  • Rit All-Purpose Liquid Dye: Tangerine, Golden Yellow, Petal Pink or Your Favorite Color(s)
  • Large Plastic Bucket or Sink For Dyeing
  • Foam Paint Brush
  • Glass Jar or Dish for Small Dyebath
  • Measuring Cup
  • Salt
  • Plastic Gloves
  • Plastic Table Cover
  • Paper Towels
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  1. Cover work area with plastic table cover and have paper towels handy to protect against any possible spills. Gather supplies.

  2. Wearing rubber gloves, fill sink or a large container with 3 gallons of very hot water. The water should ideally be 140ºF. If tap water is not hot enough, heat water on the stove and add to the dyebath. Pour 1/2 bottle of well-shaken dye into dyebath.

  3. To enhance the color, add one cup of salt. Add 1 teaspoon of dish detergent to help promote level dyeing.

  4. Stir well.

  5. Test color by dipping a paper towel into the dyebath. If color is too light, add more dye. If color is too dark, add more water.

  6. Dip bottom of shade into dyebath until desired color is achieved.

  7. When satisfied with color, remove lamp shade from dyebath. Shade will look darker when wet and will dry lighter.

  8. Create a 4 cup dyebath in desired color, water should ideally be 140ºF. If tap water is not hot enough, heat water on the stove and add to the dyebath.
  9. Dip foam paint brush into small dyebath and paint the middle section of the lamp all the way around. Make sure to overlap with bottom color by 2-3″ to create an ombre effect. Have paper towels nearby for any spills.
  10. Repeat Steps 8-9 to paint the top of the lamp with third color until desired look is achieved. When painting the top portion of the lamp, hold the lamp upside down to prevent any drips.
  11. Place lamp shade aside.

  12. Rinse in cool water until water runs clear.

  13. Let dry before use.

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