Autumn Leaves Lamp & Shade

By  Dorris Sorensen 

Would you believe the lamp is actually a glass goblet? The shade is made from Bristol board, a type of paperboard found in craft and art supply stores. Make a different lamp for all seasons and special occasions!

  • Autumn Leaves Lamp & Shade
  • Closeup View


  • Goblet, 2-1/2” diameter opening, 7” tall
  • White Bristol board, 8”x14”
  • Delta Stencil Paint Crème: Goldenrod Yellow, Garnet Red, Jungle Green, Christmas Red, Paprika
  • Delta Air-Dry PermEnamel (for painting on glass): Dark Goldenrod, Rooster Red, Hunter Green
  • Tea light candle


  • Leaf and acorn stencil
  • Paintbrushes: stencil, 1/4” and 3/8”; round
  • Delta Air-Dry PermEnamel Surface Conditioner
  • Delta Air-Dry PermEnamel Clear Gloss Glaze
  • Craft glue

Basic Supplies

  • scissors or craft knife, pencil, paper towels, newpaper (to cover work area)

Pattern - Autumn Leaves Lamp & Shade

  • 1. To make the shade, print and cut pattern. Use pattern to cut shade from Bristol board. If you prefer a shade with a straight edge or are using a different style stencil, cut pattern on dashed line.
  • 2. Place stencil on shade. Starting with lightest color and working to darkest color, stencil leaves and acorns. Use some of each color on all leaves and acorns. Stencil stems with Garnet Red, Christmas Red, and Paprika. Reposition stencil as needed to fill bottom of shade with leaves and acorns. Set shade aside.
  • 3. Following manufacturer's instructions, apply conditioner to base and glass. Do not apply to stem. Paint base with two coats of Rooster Red, letting dry between coats. In the same way, paint outside of glass with Dark Goldenrod.
  • 4. Cut one acorn design from stencil. Using single acorn and Dark Goldenrod, stencil four acorns around base. When dry, stencil portions of each acorn with Hunter Green.
  • 5. Apply two coats of clear gloss glaze to outside of glass and base, letting dry between coats.
  • 6. Overlap short ends of shade approximately 1/4"; glue to secure.
  • 7. Place tea light in glass. Place shade on glass. Caution: Never leave burning candle unattended. Remove shade before lighting candle. Make sure flame does not come in contact with shade.
  • Tip
  • 1. For a different look, purchase goblets with colored stems and bases. Leave the glass section unpainted.