Paper Graffiti Lamp

Paper Graffiti Lamp

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If you're looking for a way to spruce up your bedroom try this tutorial from Alexa Westerfield for a Paper Graffiti Lamp.  Making your own graffiti is easy when you use some paint and telephone book pages.


  • Tulip® Fashion Graffiti™ paint taggers
  • Tulip® Fabric Spray Paint in orange and black
  • Aleene's Tacky Glue
  • Yellow acrylic paint
  • Lampshade
  • Phonebook
  • Ruler
  • X-acto knife
  • Foam brushes
  • Stencils/stickers (I used Tim Holtz masks and large and small vinyl Stickers)
  • Paper towels
  • Acrylic spray sealer
  • Cutting mat


  1. Rip out phone book pages. I didn't want my pages to align perfectly, so I cut them at a diagonal using X-acto and ruler on mat. I did this so that I could create a straight edge to align with the top of my lampshade border.

  2. Rip apart page as desired.

  3. Slightly water down acrylic paint so that it is slightly transparent.

  4. Spray with fabric spray for a cool spattered effect. Set aside and let dry.

  5. Once phone book pages are dry, water down (slightly) the Tacky glue and spread all over back of each piece covering entire back. Place on lamp, aligning, and then collaging in all the rest of the areas until totally covered. Spread evenly and smooth as you apply to prevent air bubbles.

  6. Spritz entire lamp share with black fabric spray. I liked doing small squirts so that it would create a dripped effect.

  7. Lay down stickers/stencils and cover over top with various paints and sprays. I actually just used my finger to spread the paints around. I just played different colors/textures until I was happy with the end result.

  8. Clean up any messy areas or edges with paper towels. Let dry. Seal with an acrylic sealer.  Here's a detail with it illuminated and here's a detail of it with the light off.

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This lampshade is really beautiful. Hopefully I can try it soon.


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