The Original Coffee Filter Lamp Shade!

Coffee filters! Who’da thunk it. I have seen them on a wreath (very cute), but not on a lamp. So, I thought I’d go for it and share the inspiration.

These photos really don’t do it justice. It has a beautiful warm glow and adds so much personality to the room. It looks like thousands of tissues were cut and twisted, but it’s just filters. The lamp stand was an antique I found at an estate sale. It was gold and green. I painted it with a whitewash technique.

Fold over a single filter or pile a couple on top of each other and then fold (for a fuller looking flower). Keep making tons of these “flowers” with bent tips and just keep applying until the entire shade is covered. (Or, until your entire hand is burnt from hot glue.)

My 4 year old son had a different method of decorating with them. Oh well. I can’t discourage his creativity. 🙂


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44 Responses to The Original Coffee Filter Lamp Shade!

  1. Gina Leisten says:

    Very creative! I loved the wreath idea using the coffee filters. I used to make wreaths all the time with little bunches of dried hydrangeas. I remember the hot glue gun burns. I’m sure I still have the scars to prove it. But that lampshade is yummy enough to eat!!

  2. Jennifer says:

    This is gorgeous! I have been planning on doing something with coffee filters in my new nursery but hadn’t thought of trying a lampshade ! Now you are making me want to try that! If I do I will definitely link back to this post! Also, thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog. What a coincidence – I actually just discovered yours this past week thanks to Jen at Tatortots and Jello and left a comment on your burlap chair a couple of days ago. It is fabulous!

  3. Jennifer says:

    Hey Sarah! I use Photoshop CS5. I am completely an amateur but love taking pictures for our shop and thanks to Photoshop can give a big boost to my so-so photos! Haha! I use a lot of actions as well. Free ones from Pioneer Woman and The Coffee Shop and I have also splurged on some from Florabella that are amazing!

  4. kayla says:

    I just finished up a wreath it took forever but turned out super cool I will be posting about it on my blog soon.

    Love the lamp shade idea maybe I will do that in my daughters room.

    I love LOVE your decorating style you are welcome to come decorate my house anytime. lol

    • Hi Kayla. Yes, do it! You will love it!!! You can pass it down to your child someday too as family artwork. Send me a photo if you make it. A red light bulb in it may make the lamp glow a pinkish color. How fun would that be?! xox Sarah

  5. Kris Beagle says:

    I like Caden’s design…looks like there is seashells on the floor which goes with the beachy feel of your house! Lamp is lovely too!

  6. Really? You are so creative. That looks amazing. I am in awe of that. Now you have my wheels turning for my daughter’s room. Great project!

  7. Julie says:

    HOLY COW!! This is beautiful! I bought a lamp recently that I want to redo…had planned on possibly doing tule on the shade, but this may change my mind 🙂 I love this! I love tall lamps….and if I knew you personally, you would probably find it missing from your home!! Very nice.

  8. Becca says:

    That looks awesome! Very creative.

  9. Sure Fit Inc says:

    Wow, This lamp shade is beautiful and chic! Love it! Very glamorous… who would’ve thought it was made from coffee filters!
    Sure Fit Slipcovers

  10. Beth@A2Z says:

    What a fantastic spin on the coffee filter wreath! Thanks for linking up to the party. Please link back so others can join in the fun.

    • Hi Beth. I just linked back to you and will add your button. I actually visited your site today just to personally tell you to visit my fabulous jewelry giveaway I posted today! They’re BEAUTIFUL pieces and winner gets to choose $50 worth from her ETSY shop! Made by an Oregon mom – neighbor. You know I LOVE your blog, so thought I’d keep you in touch with my FIRST giveaway. Then I noticed your linky party and participated while I was at it. 🙂 Good luck in the giveaway! Feel free to re-post or tweet it, etc. Trying to give her lots of blogging love.

  11. Love this! After seeing the wreaths, and the big light fixture on Parlour…I’ve been hooked. I’m working on something similar for my daugther’s room!!

  12. Great tutorial! I have seen so many for the wreath (which I made an put in this mantle: . ) but NEVER have I seen or even thought of a lampshade! It looks SO PERFECT!

  13. Cat Martin says:

    Wow! Very creative! Like many others I have seen the wreath, but never the lamp shade, it is very unquie. Great Job! And hope your burns heal fast, I suffer from same problem!

  14. christine says:

    How Hollywood Glam…I can see Marilyn Monroe sitting in the chair next to the lamp in her classic red dress…..OR….do you have a red dress dear?

  15. Ali Winter says:

    Your site is so beautiful and so is your home! I just loved your lampshade tutorial, so easy with beautiful results. I’m just posting pics on my blog and have linked back to you:) I hope that’s ok!

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  17. Melissa says:

    I love it!!! When I get my big girl house (we live in base housing) I will totally do this!!!

  18. rushartist says:

    I love this idea! Just bought a french press so I have about half a package of costco filters wasting away in my cupboard. 🙂 My daughter would absolutely love this lamp in her room. I wonder what it would look like if I dyed the filters with that food coloring “science experiment” activity first…

  19. Deanna says:

    These are gorgeous! However, how the heck do you keep them clean? My house is a dust magnet, I don’t think they would stay white for very long. 😉

  20. Just saw this posted through Tip Junkie and I’m so glad I clicked it! How creative!!! I will be working on a makeover for my girls’ room. They currently have no lamp in there, and this may be it! 🙂 Thanks for the tutorial.


  21. well, how great is that!! just lovely.

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  23. waw says:

    LOVE this!! I can hardly believe that it is made from coffee filters!!

  24. awesome idea! i made a heart for valentine’s day with this method, but i may need to pull out the coffee filters once again! i have been thinking of doing the “burplap ruffle” thing to my bedside lamp shade…now i have to pick between this and the burlap!

  25. AmberS says:

    I love ideas like this! So simple, so inexpensive and so dramatic!!

  26. Cindy C says:

    My co-worker saw this project and immediately thought of me! She told me about it the next morning and now I can wait to try it! I already have millions of coffee filters, just need to find an unsuspecting lampshade 🙂

  27. Thank you so much for this idea! I made two for my nightstands (currently redoing my Master) and they look GORGEOUS! Can’t even tell they are coffee filters. I also made 7 coffee filter flowers and turned them into a wreath to hang on my mirror above my head… just love the look.

    You can see mine here: (with a link to your site of course!).

  28. Naomi says:

    I love love love your chair under the lamp- sorry I know the article is on the lamp shade. It is awesome btw!

    Did you make the chair? If so, do you have a previous link or any information about it?

  29. Sarah – I love this lamp! It looks great and soft and warm. I think your Americal Idol comment is funny – I have had my supplies all morning but I waited till the Blazer game to plant myself in front of the TV and start working on the lamp shade 🙂 Thank you for the instructions! -Katie

  30. *AmericaN Idol. Sorry for the typo!

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  32. stephanie says:

    I love this! I also made a wreath a few months back, but didn’t like the white in my living room (my walls are white). So I used black tea bags and let them soak for a couple days, and I LOVE the antique brown color it gave it. I love coffee filters.. this idea is awesome! I need to find a lamp that I can recover. Thanks for sharing!!

  33. I love this! I had a ruffled lamp shade on my to-do list and finally did it. Here it is..

    But if I would have seen yours first I might have chosen yours! So cute and SO much easier! Mine was a *%^$ to make!!!

  34. Liz says:

    I loved this post when I saw it and decided to make one. I was not sure how it would turn out, but I am thoroughly impressed! I put it on a big black lamp stand and it matches perfectly with my shabby chic bedroom.My friends are all making them now. Thanks so much for sharing this idea!


  35. lindsey says:

    I’m in love with this lampshade, but can’t find the tutorial everyone is talking about any where. Could someone point me in the right direction? Thanks!

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