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A Simple, Affordable and beautiful DIY Feather Lampshade

This beautiful DIY feather lampshade added an element of fun to my decor. Slowly, I’ve been doing up my dining room. I’m loving the results, it’s becoming a bit of a quirky room. This lampshade adds a touch of glam.

On a recent trip to London, I popped into one of my favorite houseware stores Graham & Green. Whilst looking at all the lovely furnishings in the store, I spotted some feather Vita lampshades and was really taken with them. I thought one would be perfect for my dining room.

However, when I saw that they were over £300 ($385), there was no way I was going to buy one. My husband would have thought I’d gone mad if I’d paid that much for some paper and feathers.

That evening on the train on the way home, I couldn’t stop thinking about how much I really liked the feather lampshades. I thought, if they are just paper and feathers, then it shouldn’t be too difficult to make one.

That’s exactly what I did, and I’m super duper happy with the result. The lampshade was so easy to do. The whole thing only cost me about £15 ($18) to make. A bargain and an IKEA Regolit hack too!

IKEA Regolit Hack A DIY Feather Lampshade

The DIY feather lampshade looks luxurious and stunning in my quirky dining room. The way the light shines through the feather shade looks fantastic.

I can’t wait to have friends round for a grown-up dinner party now, just to show off my DIY feather lampshade.

Ikea regolit lampshade

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What you need for a DIY feather lampshade

  • Paper lampshade I used the IKEA Regolit lampshade. If you don’t happen to be near an IKEA any other round paper lampshade will do.
  • White feather boa – I needed 5 for this lampshade. More boas for bigger shades and less for smaller ones.
white feather boa

How to hack and IKEA lamp with feathers

This has got to be one of the easiest IKEA lamp hacks I have ever done. It’s even easier than my popular Map IKEA Lamp Hack.

1.. First, assemble the IKEA Regolit paper lampshade according to the instructions.

Ikea regolit lampshade

2. For the next stage, it’s easier if you start off in the middle. Using a brush apply a thick band of Mod Podge (or PVA Glue) around the center of the lampshade (ie its fattest point).

Then, carefully take one feather boa and wrap it around the lampshade, sticking it to the glue as you go. Cut off any excess feather boa and keep to one side.

Top tip: This DIY feather lampshade is easier to make if you hang it up on a piece of string.

Sticking feather boa to lampshade

3. Next, apply another band of glue around the paper lampshade, this time a couple of inches above the first band of glue. Then stick another feather boa to this band, cutting off any excess.

Sticking feather boa to lampshade

4. Continue doing this until the whole lampshade is covered in feathers. The excess bits of boa you cut off is used for the top and bottom of the lampshade, where the circumference is smaller.

Make your own gorgeous DIY feather lampshade. This simple IKEA hack (Regolit) will add a touch of glamour to a room.

Looking after your DIY feather lampshade..

As this is a paper lampshade I recommend you use a LED light bulb not more than 60w as these don’t get too hot.

Also to clean your lampshade just occasionally give it a blast with a hair dryer on the coldest setting this should blow away any dust.

I love how this lampshade looks in my room especially at night with the light on. The lampshade gives a lovely soft magical glow and looks very glam.

DIY feather lampshade.  This simple IKEA hack (Regolit)  will add a touch of glamour to a room.  It also provides a lovely soft light effect.
Make your own gorgeous DIY feather lampshade.  This simple IKEA hack will add a touch of glamour to any room.

You can get feather boas in loads of different colours, so you could make a feather lampshade in a colour to match your decor!

I have a thing about feathers and have made a denim feather wall hanging.  I also make colorful and patterned DIY feathers by upcycling tartan and plaid fabric scraps.

I’ve even made a map feather angel, which combines my love of feathers with my map obsession.

Make your own gorgeous DIY feather lampshade. This simple IKEA hack will add a touch of glamour to any room.

I love making unique lampshades for my home you might want to check out some of my other lampshade DIY’s

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Make your own gorgeous DIY feather lampshade.  This simple IKEA hack (Regolit) will add a touch of glamour to any room.


Saturday 3rd of December 2022

I made this and it's incredible. At the time I think Ikea was getting rid of the round lamp shades so I used the solar fabric one for the outside (that I found in As Is). It (maybe) took a bit longer for the feathers to stick but it turned out beautifully. I did it last year and used 4-5 boas.

Claire Armstrong

Monday 5th of December 2022

Wow, it sounds like it turned out great. I loved mine too.

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Tuesday 2nd of March 2021

Is your light shade still in use and does it clean well?

Claire Armstrong

Tuesday 2nd of March 2021

Hi yeah, it's still hanging in my dining room. I just blast it with the hoover in reverse every so often to blow away any dust.

Tammy Folsom

Wednesday 22nd of May 2019

I have wanted one of these forever and I just don't have it in the budget because they are super expensive. I came across your post and thought, you know what I want to give this a try and I managed to get all the supplies and get it done today. I love how it turned out mine looks just like the ones you buy on Amazon and it was so easy. I am going to make another so both flank each side of my bed I am so glad I found your blog!

Claire Armstrong

Thursday 23rd of May 2019

That's lovely to hear that you made one. I'm sure it looks fabulous. Mine is still up in my dining room.

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