The Best Ikea Lamp Hack – Rismon Map Lampshade

An Amazing Ikea Lamp Hack With Maps

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.

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

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.

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

55 Responses

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

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    Does the map show on the wall when the light is on?

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  6. Wow That’s a great idea, we can hang this lamp in our bed room and child room.It is looking very amazing.I love IKEA due to its affordable prices and magical results.

    • Thank you, I like IKEA too but I love to change it up a bit to make it a bit different.

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  8. Totally adorable. Love the colors and the interest the maps add. Great job. Stopped by to Stumble. Had to stay and visit. 🙂 XOXO Susie from The Chelsea Project

    • Thank you, Susie! One of the lamps is above my bed and I love looking up at the map whilst lying in bed.

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  14. I love this idea and transformation!

  15. Damn. I really wanted to make these but the Ikeas in Canada don’t seem to sell the Rismon shades. 🙁 Great project though.

    • You can get lampshade kits online that might work. Do IKEA in Canada make other lampshades that come flat packed.

      • There seems to be one from IKEA that’s kind of similar but it’s just white on the outside. I like the colour. I might try other places though! Thanks for the idea.

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  17. it’s so awesome that you support and encourage your son’s wanderlust! My sons are young musicians. They often thank me for providing them oppurtunities to follow their dreams!

    • Thank you ! I agree It’s really rewarding helping your kids with their ambitions.

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  22. You are so creative! This is so unique and would probably cost a fortune if you bought it already done. Thank you for taking the time to join us each week at Celebrate Your Story!

    • Thank you! Sometimes a little touch can transform ordinary into great.

  23. I just LOVE how this turned out! So glad you linked up at Talk of the Town. 🙂

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  25. Claire, this map covered lamp shade is awesome!! Seriously cool idea!!

  26. I love this! So sad we don’t have an ikea nearby. Thanks for sharing at the Talk of the Town Link Party.

  27. What a fabulous map project! So clever and unique!

    Thank you for sharing your awesome project over at Waste Not Wednesday! 🙂

  28. This is the cutest idea! Thanks for sharing with us all at Family Joy Blog Link Up Party. Hope to see you next week!

  29. I love your blue lampshade. Now I need to find the right place for one of my own. Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty Link Party #CCBG

  30. Such a great ikea hack, Claire! Thank you for sharing @Vintage Charm–pinning!

  31. Loving this idea. I have a hallway that needs a new light. You may have just inspired me to take a trip out to Ikea! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at the DI & DI Link party. Have a great week.

  32. What a lovely lampshade. I love map and this is perfect. So cleaver and happy I stopped by to see what you have been up too. I would love for you to share at my link party today. Hope to see you there. Enjoy your week!

  33. Hi Clair, look out I got a little “chatty”
    I’m a starter, dabbler, big ideas, short attention-span type. I say thank you for putting such useful projects for all to see. Bonus the steps are clear & simplified. Regarding the map lamp shade post, I have some shade saved to “refresh”. To begin I can’t figure out how any light will come thru at all, or evenly, etc. I’m a dedicated to upcycling & recycling. However I what it to be useful & cleaned up :). Should you have advice to pass along, thank you! Also, I rarely reply to posts. I hope I have replied correctly.

    • Thanks ! I have the shades on my ceilings and have no problem with the light from them, sorry I’m not sure what you mean.

  34. What an absolutely cool idea Claire! I love how those coloured shades go with the maps, and I really like the shape of the shades as well!

  35. What an awesome idea! I love it! I love everything maps and globe and this is just genius!

    • Thank you very much. I’m not sure about genius, but I’ll take the compliment.

  36. How is that you always come with the most amazing DIYs?? Both of them are so pretty, but the Cavallini map is to die for!
    Thanks so much for the inspiration, Claire. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  37. Great idea
    Looks like fun but I’m not much of a crafter and and to me it looks like I would probably need assistance. Do you ever have workshops at local libraries? I would love to have you come to ours if you’re ever in the neighborhood?

  38. This is such a great idea! I will have to check out those maps!

    • Thanks ! The map wrapping map is fantastic there are loads of different maps.

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  40. So cute! What a great idea x

  41. Such a fun idea! We were just an an Ikea on the weekend looking at their drum lamps so I’ll have to keep this in mind. Visiting from DIY Collective.

  42. What a great idea! This would be so lovely in an office or child’s room. Thank you for sharing.

    • Thank you ! I actually have one hanging in my bedroom I love lying in bed and looking up at the map.

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