How to make a Faux Tiffany Lamp with paint and glue!

Love Tiffany lamps, but they are above your current budget?  Here is a great way to create your own Faux Tiffany Lamp, by revamping a thrift store lamp.  Create awesomeness using a faux stained glass method created with school glue and acrylic paint.  I used this method previously for my Faux Stained Glass Peacock

While perusing thrift stores during a trip to Gatlinburg, TN, my sister-in-law pointed out a brass lamp to me. Brass with a glass shade, to be exact. A glass shade that can be taken apart…hmmmm…

To the average person, this might look like a piece of 80’s furniture that needs to be put firmly in the back of the attic, but to me, I see visions of loveliness. I see awesome potential. I see something amazing. I see a Tiffany lamp!

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For this project I used:

One ugly ol’ brass lamp from the thrift store for $6.99
Black spray paint
One bottle white glue
One bottle of Elmers clear school glue
Acrylic paints
Craft blade
Black permanent marker

Begin by taking the lamp apart, very carefully putting the glass pieces aside. Spray paint all the brass with matte black spray paint.

Sure looks better already!

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Wash and dry all the glass pieces.

Take one of the glass pieces and draw an outline around it on a piece of paper in order to create your pattern. Feeling spring-like, I decided to draw in flowers, and leaves and deep blue skies. I wanted lots of color in this one.

Take the bottle of white glue and dump just a small bit out so that you have room to add color to it. Add about a teaspoon of black acrylic paint and stir it up with a wooden dowel. Add enough black paint to make a solid color. You will be surprised, but it doesn’t take a ton of paint to change your white glue to black.

Then put the nozzle back on. The glue is now ready for the next step.

Place each piece of glass over your pattern and using the glue bottle of black glue, trace the design onto the glass. This will need to dry overnight. If you have shaky hands or the glue runs together where it shouldn’t, don’t worry; all can be fixed after the glue dries.

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Once the glue has dried, take a craft knife and clean up any errors or shakiness in the lines. Simply cut where you want it cleaned up, and peel the glue up.

Now let’s add some color!

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  • Angie ~ ambient wares April 6, 2017, 7:43 pm

    You did an amazing job! I have a lamp almost exactly like this but, I don’t know that I could make it as beautiful! I wanted to let you know I’ll be including this in a round up at tonight’s Funtastic Friday party 🙂

  • Shirley Wood March 7, 2017, 7:17 am

    This post is Featured at this week’s Merry Monday party. Pinned. So glad you party with us.

  • Emily March 5, 2017, 5:38 pm

    Wow, what a makeover! Great idea. Pinning and sharing. Thanks for linking up to #HomeMattersParty

  • Shirley Wood March 2, 2017, 4:55 pm

    Keen eye in the thrift store! I would not have had that vision. Love it! The outcome is beautiful. #merrymonday

  • Debra February 23, 2017, 5:07 pm

    [Do you know an alien? In the photograph above ‘Wash and dry all the glass pieces…’ there is what looks like a hand with about seven fingers!]

  • Kimberly February 23, 2017, 10:59 am

    I like this idea! I would alternate with two or three coordinated panel designs. If you have a large enough light box, you could place your panel on that while painting, and then be able to see missed areas while painting. Making a trip to the thrift store!

  • Susan February 22, 2017, 11:57 am

    You are one heck of an artist, you are amazing ! I do have a question on the lamp. My drawing skills are stick people so…. is there a place that I can go to for a “tiffany” pattern ? Thank you, Sue

  • Pamela February 22, 2017, 8:03 am

    You are totally awesome! You have the most amazing how tos, crafts, quilts and you are truly gifted in the arts. Thank you for all your work and great ideas. Absolutely love this lamp. Hope I can find one to upcycle.