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The Best Ikea Lamp Hack – Rismon Map Lampshade

Sometimes a little decorative touch can totally transform something mundane into something rather more remarkable. It can add the wow factor. That’s exactly what I did with my Ikea lamp hack.

This time I was a bit more subtle with my map pimping. I decoupaged the inside of my Ikea lampshade and not outside. So you get a hint of the map when you look up at the ceiling lamp. Instead of a boring white inside, you now see a cool map.

An Amazing Ikea Lamp Hack With Maps

It wasn’t difficult to make. Stick a map on something and all of a sudden it looks fabulous. If you follow my blog you will know I do this a lot. For example my personalised map chairs, map magnetic board and vintage map suitcase, and many more.

I admit it I have a bit of a map habit. Once you start decorating with maps it’s so addictive, not only do they look fantastic, they make boring objects more interesting. Objects can be personalised by using maps of your favourite places. It’s not a habit I’m going to kick soon.

I loved this Ikea lamp hack so much I did it not just once but twice and may do it again soon ! (There are a lot of ceiling lamps in my home).

Decoupage your favourite maps onto a Rismon lamp, for a great Ikea lamp hack.

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What you need for you Ikea Lamp Hack

  • IKEA Rismon Lampshade – I use the 40cm one for this hack. It comes in a variety of colours. Lampshade making kits will also work well with this project.
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How to do your Ikea Lamp Hack

The great thing about the Rimson being an Ikea lampshade you have to put it together. Which means that it is really easy to decoupage. The shade comes in 3 parts, two metal rings, and the shade skin.

1. Frist, roll out the lampshade skin and lay it out flat.

2. Nest, measure the length and height of the lampshade skin.

cutting the map to size

3. Then, cut the wrapping paper to fit these measurements. With the Cavallini wrapping paper, one sheet was enough if you split it lengthways.

4. Next, paste the inside of the lampshade with glue and wait 30 sec till it goes tacky.

pasting the back of the map with glue

5. Then, carefully stick your wrapping paper to the lampshade. Using a ruler to squeeze out air bubbles as you go. You will be sticking the map down in 2 pieces. If you want you can paste a layer of mod podge (glue) over the top to seal it.

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6. Finally, when the glue has dried, put the lampshade together according to the instructions. Which is basically rolling the lampshade skin round the 2 large metal rings, the whole thing is kept together with velcro.

Rolling the shade back on to the lamp frame
Ikea lamp hack - Decoupage a world map on the inside of an Ikea Rismon lamp to turn it into something special.

Some of you maybe thinking will the map not burn on the inside of the shade? The answer is no as it is further enough from the lightbulb not to get hot. Plus light bulbs are more efficient these days and don’t get as hot as the old ones.

However, if you are the ultra-careful type you can always spray the lampshade with some fire retardant spray.

Ikea lamp hack- transform a plain Ikea Rismon lampshade with some London map decoupage.
Ikea lamp hack with a decoupaged London Map

Free Vintage Maps to Download

I made my sister-in-law one of these map lampshades for her travel-themed bedroom to match the burlap map pillows I also made.

This isn’t my only Map lamp, I have recently updated a floor lamp with a unique denim vintage map lampshade.

Since writing this post I have created another IKEA lamp hack this one is far more glamorous you might want to check it out.Simple and Affordable DIY Feather Lampshade

I craft and upcycle regularly with Maps you can check out all my other map posts here. Including a round-up of different ways to upcycled lighting map ideas.

Check out some other wonderful IKEA lamp hacks here.

Hopefully, you will find inspiration to create unique and affordable lighting for your home with 15 of the best and cleverest Ikea Lamp Hacks.

Juliana McMillan-Wilhoit

Sunday 18th of July 2021

Fellow map nerd here and I'm in love with all of the awesome map things on your site!

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 18th of July 2021

Thank you so much, I have plenty more map crafts to come as I love them.

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Tuesday 18th of June 2019

This is awesome, I want one! What a great way to make a beautiful IKEA LAMP.

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Tuesday 18th of June 2019

Thank you

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Sunday 1st of July 2018

This is such a great idea for a beachy vibe in any room. Beautifully done.

Claire Armstrong

Monday 2nd of July 2018

Thank you, Maria.