DIY Lampshade With Printed Instagram Photos {Nursery Makeover}

The other day I noticed something about Kaia that wasn’t there a few months ago.  What is it?  My tiny baby girl isn’t really a baby anymore.  Sure, she may look like an infant but this one year old is rapidly approaching toddlerhood like nobody’s business!  When we first moved to this house I was super excited to finally give her a  nursery, but what I didn’t consider (because I was blinded by baby bling) was that my then 6 month old wouldn’t be an infant much longer.  Her room is currently decked out with gear she has outgrown, bins of clothes that will go to Goodwill and tons of toys she is too old for.  It is time to give her room a bit of a makeover, but I don’t have a lot of money to spend on redecorating so I have decided to go with a few simple handmade accents to liven up the space.  My first (and favorite) project in the lineup is this adorable DIY lampshade using Instagram photos I printed from my phone using the #WalgreensApp.

DIY lampshade with printed Instagram photos. #shop

For this project you will need a lampshade, printed Instagram photos, hot glue or spray adhesive and laminating paper (found at craft stores for around $5).  Make sure the lampshade will fit a few rows of 4×4 photo squares, but if you find it is a little off you can add embellishments or lace on the edges to make up the difference.

The first thing I did was choose and print my photos.  Like I said earlier, I don’t have a lot of free time these days so I decided to finally try out the photo feature on my Walgreens app because  I found out it will print Instagram photos from my phone (If you follow me on social media you know I am CRAZY about Instagram).  All I had to do was tap the photo icon in my app, select Instagram, choose my photos and hit “Print to Wallgreens”.  It took maybe five minutes and cost me less than $15!  My photos were ready in about an hour and when I picked them up I was really impressed with how well they turned out!

How to print Instagram photos and turn them into a cute craft #shop

Once my photos were printed and I was home I got to work.  This whole project took me about 30 minutes from start to finish – talk about easy peasy!  Before your start measure out your shade to determine how many rows/columns of photos you will need and lay everything out in the way you want so you don’t have to make it up as you go.  You don’t have to do straight rows like I did – you can make them diagonal, tiled, have a single row around the center or anyting you want.

Easy DIY lampshade using photos printed from your phone #shop

When everything is laid out start gluing your photos on.  I used hot glue, but any quick drying adhesive will work.  I started each photo with a tiny drop of glue in one corner, lined it up with the edge of the shade and pressed.  Once it was bonded and couldn’t slip out of position I added a very small amount to the rest of the photo.  If using hot glue, don’t make it too thick or your photos will be raised and bumpy.

Use the #WalgreensApp to print Instagram photos from your phone and create a cute DIY lampshade. #shop

After all your photos are glued on, measure and cut your laminating paper to fit the exact height of the shade.  If you need to do more than one sheet, cut them both to fit as seamlessly as possible with each other.

DIY Photo Lampshade #shop

print photos from iphone and make something awesome #shop

Carefully lay your laminating sheet over your photos, making sure there are no bubbles or creases.  If you do happen to mess up, try to ease up the sheet a tiny bit at a time so you don’t mess up your photos and reapply.  Smooth it down as much as you can as you go.

Print instagram photos from your phone and make a cute lampshade!  #shop #WalgreensApp

Now you are finished, so stand back and marvel at your awesome new lampshade!

How to print photos using the #WalgreensApp and make a lampshade.  #shop

Now Kaia has a cute personalized lamp full of great memories!  This project is great for adding a personalized touch to your room or gifting to a daughter, partner or BFF.  Do you have a teen leaving for College soon?  This would make a great going away present!


  1. says

    This is too stinking cute! I got the email from Walgreens about their photo app but I haven’t tried it out yet. Maybe now I will! =]

  2. Barbie says

    Very cute! What kind of bulb do you recommend? I would be nervous about the heat from some bulbs affecting the prints or the laminate. Have you noticed if it gets hot? I love the idea, but want to be safe if I’m gifting this (which I hope to!)
    Thank you for sharing!

    • says

      That is a great question! I use CFL bulbs in everything because they burn cooler and use less energy, and this particular lamp has a 13 watt bulb (equal to 60 watt incandescent). I would check the specs on your particular lamp to make sure you don’t go over the maximum wattage, you could go a little lower than what it recommends if you are concerned.

  3. Angie says

    Your lamp shade was displayed on my FB timeline. It was such a great idea I had to join Pinterest to get the details and now I’ll have to open an Instagram account to make one. What a great idea. Great as gifts for family members, especially grandparents. Thanks for the great idea!!!

    • says

      Wow, thank you! That sounds like a lot of steps and I really love that you like it that much! I’m sure your shade will look amazing, and feel free to show it off on the fan page if you’d like 🙂

  4. says

    Such a great project – a neat idea well that looks very well executed! I featured it on an August roundup of DIY lamps on my site.

  5. says

    Hey, My name is Laura and I have just started blogging about tips for displaying printed Instagram photos. I have been doing lots of looking around to find unique ideas and I just want to let you know I love this idea! I love seeing the crafty ideas that people create to display their Instagram photos! thank you for the inspiration and thank you for sharing. I really hope this idea inspires people to print their Instagram photos!

  6. Donna says

    My 13 year old daughter is making one of these for her best friend of 10 years! She had so much fun going through all the old pictures of the two of them. I can’t wait to see how it turns out! Thank you!!!

  7. Nour Samir says

    absolutely awesome !! I just wanted to ask smth, wouldn’t 60 watt be too strong for the photos, i don’t want heat to mess it up!

    • Jess MillionMomentsJess MillionMoments says

      Hi, thanks for stopping by! I use compact fluorescent bulbs that burn cooler than regular bulbs, so a 12-15 watt bulb is equal to around 60 in traditional bulbs. I haven’t noticed any issues with the photos, and my lamps have been going strong for almost a year now!


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