A Simple, Affordable and beautiful DIY Feather Lampshade

IKEA Regolit Hack A DIY Feather Lampshade

Slowly I’ve been doing up my dining room and I’m loving the results. It’s becoming one of a bit quirky room with a touch of glam. And I’ve just added to the fun with this beautiful feather lampshade.
On a recent trip to London, I popped into one of my favourite 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.
On the train on the way home that evening I couldn’t stop thinking about how much I really liked the feather lampshades and then thought if they are just paper and feathers then it shouldn’t be too difficult to make one myself.
That’s exactly what I did, and I’m super duper happy with the result. The lampshade was so easy to do and the whole thing only cost me about £15 ($18) to make. A bargain and an Ikea Regolit hack too!
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.
Make your own gorgeous DIY feather lampshade.  This simple IKEA hack (Regolit) will add a touch of glamour to any room.
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What you need to make 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.
    Ikea regolit lampshade

  • White feather boa – I needed 5 for this lampshade. More boas for bigger shades and less for smaller ones.
    white feather boa

  • Mod Podge
  • Scissors and glue brush.


How to make a DIY Feather Lampshade

This has got to be one of the easiest IKEA hacks I have ever done, it is even easier than my popular Map IKEA Lamp Hack.

  1. First assemble your paper lampshade acording to the instructions.
    Ikea regolit lampshade

  3. 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 centre 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.
    Sticking feather boa to lampshade

  5. Top tip: You may find this easier to do if you hang your lampshade up with a piece of string.

  7. 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

  9. 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 will add a touch of glamour to any room.
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!
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
Ikea Rismon Map Lamp Hack
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Wallpaper lampshades to match your decor
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42 Responses

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  2. This is such a good DIY! I’m dying to give it a go! Do you mind if I include it in my next DIY round-up post? Rx

    • Thank you, yes, of course, you can use it. Don’t forget to send me the link and I’ll share it.

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  4. Claire this is just the cutest hanging lamp I have ever seen! It tickles my fancy 😉 I can think of a couple of little girls in my life that would love these in their bedrooms! Thank you for sharing with us at Create and Celebrate!

  5. Oh boy think this lamp might just be something our 17 yrs. old grand daughter would love for her room. From your wonderful tutorial think I could just manage to do this justice. This is so fantastic. Saw about same size lamp in Amazon, then to find the white feather boas. Inexpensive but fantastic, how could a person go wrong?
    Will have to show it to her of course to bee sure she’d love one and check with her Mom. Sure hope so. Looking forward to making this. Great project, great job. The lamp sure does look pretty.
    Happy daze

    • Thank you so much! I hope that you grand daughter likes it, and you fun making it together,

  6. I love this idea, and you dd an excellent job.

  7. […] have seen so many of these fun feather lamps that have astronomical price tags, but Claire from Pillar Box Blue has the answer with this fun DIY!  Wouldn’t this be a statement piece in your […]

  8. I have seen feathered light fixtures in high end stores for high prices, but this is beautiful and a great alternative. I always wondered who would want to spend all that money on a light fixture with no way to really clean it. I love how you created this fun light fixture! Thanks so much for sharing at Celebrate Your Story!

    • Thank you so much Chloe. They do seem very expensive in the stores. You clean the lampshade apparently with a hair drier.

  9. love it Claire, and especially great with that red cabinet and black and white wallpaper, perfect! thanks for sharing on craft schooling sunday!

  10. Very cool! And an absolute bargain. What a fabulous DIY.

    • Thank you, Julie. I’m tempted to do another Ikea Regolit hack (watch this space).

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  13. Seriously, Claire, this is gorgeous. I wanted to say that you could have knocked me over with a feather but that would have been too cheesy!!! Thanks for joining us again at Celebrate Your Story, have a great weekend. I’m looking forward to what you share with us next week.

    • I like a bit of cheesy, “knock me over a feather” is great. Thank you.

  14. This is such a unique and glamorous lampshade, and you saved a lot of $$ by doing it yourself. Great job!

    • Thank you, I would never have paid the full price for one of the lampshades as they were just paper and feathers. I do like my DIY lampshade though it does add a bit of glam.

  15. What a fun ikea hack! Thanks for sharing @Vintage Charm–pinned!

  16. I’ve never seen anything like this – it’s kind of cool! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

  17. Claire I can’t believe you made that out of 1.95 Ikea lamp it looks fabulous

  18. Wow Claire, I love this idea. We brought one for our bedroom but actually yours looks so much nicer than ours! It looks amazing in your dining room.

  19. Ann

    Oh my goodness! That looks amazing… and so easy!

  20. I’m so impressed with how your lampshade turned out. It looks so elegant and yet was deceptively easy to create. Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty #ccbg 🙂

  21. This is so clever Claire! I know my daughter would LOVE this in her room! She has always had a thing for fluffy things from when she was tiny!! LOL! Thank you for the tutorial 🙂

    • Thank you Sam. I’m sure she’d enjoy making one and you spcould even used coloured feather boas.

  22. I am in love with this look! I may have to give it a try. I hope it doesn’t shed! Thanks for posting with us at #CCBG

  23. I love this so much! I need to find a place for one because I need this in my life!

    • Thank you, Cassie, I’m sure it would look great in a bedroom or living room.

  24. Fabulous! Now, where can I use one?? Because I am totally sure that I need one.
    🙂 gwingal

    • Thank you, I think they would look great anywhere. I have mine in my dining room but my friend is going to make one for her bedroom.

  25. That Lampshade! Are you kidding me..it’s fanastic! I know my daughter would love one, so I guess I know what I’ll be doing soon.

    Thanks for the how-to!

    Hugs, Lynn

    • Thank you, Lynn. You can get feather boas in loads of colours so you can make your daughter a coloured one if she wants.

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