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How do you decorate with vintage wallpaper?

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One of the easiest ways to decorate with vintage wallpaper involves using it to decorate a lamp shade. The supplies you need are vintage wallpaper, a drum-style lamp shade, a measuring tape, white glue, water, a bowl, scissors, masking tape, a paintbrush and bias tape. This project takes about an hour.

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  1. Strip the lamp shade

    Remove the bias tape from the ends of the lamp shade. If it has a fabric covering, remove that also.

  2. Measure the shade

    Wrap a measuring tape around the shade, and record its circumference. Measure the shade's height also.

  3. Cut the wallpaper

    Cut a piece of wallpaper 1 inch longer than the circumference of the lamp shade. Lay the wallpaper face down on a flat work surface.

  4. Dilute the glue

    In a medium bowl, mix one part warm water with two parts white glue.

  5. Brush the wallpaper with glue

    Dip the paintbrush into the diluted glue, and apply the glue to the back of the wallpaper.

  6. Fold one end

    Make a 1/2-inch fold in one end of the wallpaper.

  7. Lay the shade on the wallpaper

    Lay the shade horizontally at the unfolded end of the wallpaper. Slowly roll the shade several inches toward the opposite end, then secure the edge of the wallpaper with masking tape.

  8. Roll the shade to the end of the wallpaper

    Roll the shade to the end of the wallpaper. Rub the paper to remove air bubbles. When you reach the end, remove the masking tape at the unfolded edge. Apply glue to the folded edge and press it down to cover and seal the seam. Secure the juncture with small pieces of masking tape. Remove them when the adhesive dries.

  9. Fasten bias tape to the top and bottom of the shade

    Cut two pieces of bias tape 1 inch longer than the shade's circumference. Brush a thin line of glue around the top of the lamp shade and wrap one piece of bias tape around it. Align the bottom half of the tape with the glue, and leave the top half sticking out above the shade. Fasten the tape with a piece of masking tape. Brush a thin line of glue around the shade's interior top edge, and fold the top half of the bias tape into the glue. Secure it with masking tape until the glue dries. Repeat this process at the other end of the lamp shade.

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