Ballard Design Inspired Jack O’Lantern Lamp Shades

Ballard Design inspired Jack O'Lantern lamp shades /



In case you missed my love for Halloween story, you can read about it here.  In a nut shell, love the holiday and typically go a little overboard decorating for it.  I’m just not willing to spend a lot of money on something I will only enjoy for a couple of weeks out of the year.  So last Fall, I was really torn when I spotted these in a Ballard Design catalog:



Jack-O-Lantern Chandelier Shade /


I really, really wanted them. But seriously?!  $18 a shade, x 6, plus the dreaded shipping costs?! I just couldn’t add them to the cart (alongside my Bee wine glasses and goblets, which surprisingly, get quite a bit of use all year long!) ;D   But then I had a brilliant idea!  I had kept the original shades from my kitchen chandelier when I swapped them out with new ones!  Because that’s what crafty people do, right??!!  We always think we can make something great out of trash old stuff!  (Funny for you…the new shades were from Ballard Design, but I actually bought them at Tuesday Morning…you just never know what you’ll find at that place!!)

Ballard Design inspired Jack-O-Lantern chandelier shades /



I was pretty confident I could make my own Jack-O-Lantern shades.  First I drew the face template…it ended up looking like a pumpkin who had suffered a stroke…scary, but not quite the look I was going for. I enlisted the help of Sweet Daughter–Hello, isn’t that why I pay for all those art lessons?!! She drew the template (perfect, first try) on thin cardboard.  We then traced each template pattern piece 6 times (12 times for the eye piece!) on leftover contact paper we had on hand.  We then cut out all the pieces and stuck them really well on to the lamp shades.  I should mention, my original shades were the perfect color for the “candle glow” that will show through.  But if you don’t like the original color of your shades, spray paint them before you adhere the faces–just remember, whatever color you choose, will be what is “inside” the pumpkin, i.e., the candle glow.   After all face pieces had been adhered to the shades, I spray painted them black…you know the drill, multiple thin coats are better than one heavy coat to avoid drips, etc. …. until they were adequately covered.  Once the shades were completely dry, we carefully pealed off the contact paper faces, and voila!

Ballard Designs inspired Jack-O-Lantern shades /



They turned out awesome, if I do say so myself…LOVE when that happens!!  (I used black paint …remember, I’m working really hard on trying to rid my house of “orange”!, plus, black is a better match for my kitchen. Feel free to use any color, pattern you want..letter stickers would also be awesome..”Eek”, “Boo”, “Fright Night”, …(sorry, my love of Halloween is showing again!)  And if you don’t have any old lamp shades, you can usually find plain ones at craft stores.  Total cost: $4.99 for the spray paint 😀 — much better than $120.00!!


p.s. I hope this doesn’t read like I’m knocking Ballard Design.  I love their catalog, shop it, and am constantly inspired looking at all their painted furniture. Their Halloween lamp shades are actually cut outs and what appear to be a linen material.  Certainly more labor intensive than my shades.  (But are they cuter?  Not so sure!  😀  I know mine will store easier.)  I, personally, just have a hard time spending money on something quite a few people would consider frivolous. But if you can create it?  Go for it!!  Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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34 Responses

  1. How clever!! They look cute, I love the price of them. Linking from the scoop!

  2. So cute! Great idea.

  3. This is super-cute! Pinned 🙂

  4. I love this! An inexpensive yet dramatic way to decorate for halloween! Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. I LOVE these!!!! Thanks for sharing your idea. I too, am crazy about Halloween! : )
    Have a great Thursday

  6. Love Halloween so I really love these…nice job.

  7. So cool and creepy (in a good way!) Thanks for sharing at Submarine Sunday!

  8. Thanks for hosting T’onna! I just saw you featured the Halloween pillows—Thanks so much!

  9. These lampshades are SO awesome! They are so festive and look incredible! Grrrrrrreat job!

  10. Fantastic Idea Cynthia! And so clever to use the old ones. I hate to spend lots of money, when you can DIY!

    • Thank you, Katrin, and I totally agree! It’s hard to spend a lot of money on something you only see a couple of weeks out of the year! THANKS for stopping by! Cynthia

  11. Super super cute!!

  12. Your lamp shades look awesome. I love them. I am on the look out for some shades.

    • Thank you, Bev! I hope you find your shades — Such a simple project! Happy Halloween!

  13. Wow! Great job, they look amazing!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY.

  14. Those are so adorable!! Great instructions too! I’d love to have you come over and link your post up to my craft party which starts at 7pm EST. and is new every Thursday! I also pin every post!

  15. Very cute- and you did a wonderful job on them!

  16. They really are awesome! Thanks for sharing your wonderful shades for Halloween! 🙂

  17. Love it! Sharing today on The Painted Drawer Link Party!

    • Such a cool surprise, Suzanne! Thanks so much! Huge fan of your party and blog! Thanks again, Cynthia

  18. This is darling – you nailed it perfectly, they look GREAT!

    Happy Haunting!

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