We like this budget-conscious, simple DIY project: a rosy-hued ombre paper shade from Finnish interior prop stylist Susanna Vento.
Recreate the look by saturating the top of the lamp with spray paint and allowing the paint to disperse, fading to white. Repeat for the desired effect and finish by spraying the pendant cord pink. For materials needed, see our sources below (total $15).
Above: Spray paint allows you to control the intensity of the color gradations.
Above: For a lamp with parallel wire ribbing, the White 8-Inch Round Premium Paper Lantern is $2.95 from Luna Bazaar (you might want to pick up a couple of lanterns in case of mishaps).
Above: The Hemma Cord Set from Ikea is $4.99. You will need one of these to go with the lamp shade; you can also spray-paint the cord pink.
Above: Krylon's H20 Latex Aerosol Spray Paint in Rhine River Rose is nontoxic and low VOC; $6.99 for the 12-ounce can from Amazon.
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