Make a Pineapple Photo Lampshade

I was given this lampshade by, and challenged to do something fun with it. I had a blast! Read the end of this post to learn how you can see the other challenge entries, vote for me, and possibly win yourself a $100 gift card to!

I take tons of photos, and print them out regularly. With the hope of scrapbooking them one day. I don’t want my photos to have to wait until I can journal about them or put them in a frame, I want to enjoy them right away! I took this great lampshade from and used the idea of the criss-cross ribbons on a french memo board to make a lampshade that reminds me of a pineapple – but is a great place to tuck photos (or birthday cards, or Christmas cards, or whatever the season brings!)

Ribbon (I used yellow grosgrain ribbon)
Glue gun
Needle and Thread (optional)
Bulb and Lamp Base

I started by measuring my lampshade, and then making a small mark every 10 inches along the edge. I did the same along the other edge, but off-centered my marks. So, on one side my marks were at 10, 20, 30 inches, and on the other side at 5, 15, 25 etc.

I glued ribbon from a mark on one side at an angle to a notch two down on the other side. I repeated this all the way around the lampshade.

I then repeated the process in the opposite direction.

On both the top and the bottom, I measured the criss-cross to keep them even, and stitched them in place with a few stitches. If you’re not the needle-and-thread type, you could use a glue gun.

After I had stitched in place all the top and bottom crossings (leaving the center ones alone), I glued some ribbon around the top and the bottom of the lampshade to give it a finished look. Then I put the lampshade on my lamp base, and was able to tuck in my photos!

You can win a $100 gift card, and vote for your favorite lampshade transformation by visiting the site. I’d love it if you voted for me!

Disclosure: I was given free product from as compensation for this post.


  1. Voted for you 🙂 Love your creative idea 🙂 and how you change the pictures or use christmas or birthday cards 🙂
    xoxo miss you

  2. I too voted for yours. I live in teacher house in rural Alaska. My picture frames didn’t make the trip here (broken glass) and I was trying to figure out how to hang my family pictures without simple stapling them to the walls. I have a shade that I can your design with. Great idea!

  3. I love the animation you have going on!! What a great idea!

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