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Make a “10,000-Year-Old” Lamp Shade

Cave paintings have been around for thousands of years. Light up your own bedroom “cave” with this torn-paper lamp shade.


  • Old lamp shade (light colored, preferably white)
  • Junk mail (uncoated paper with no printing)
  • Brown paper grocery bag
  • Glue
  • Sponge or cloth
  • Used coffee grounds
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • Pencil
  • Shallow baking pans


Step 1: Tear junk mail into different shapes.

Step 2: Wrinkle the paper, flatten it out in the pan and rub wet coffee grounds into it. With a sponge or damp cloth, rub away any leftover grounds.

Step 3: While the paper is still damp, brush white glue on the back and press the torn paper onto the lamp shade. Make sure there are no bubbles or loose edges. Apply more paper, overlapping pieces as you go. Allow more than 1/2 inch of paper to protrude beyond the top and bottom. Continue until you cover the entire shade.

Step 4: Cut away the excess paper from the top and bottom of the shade, leaving a clean 1/2-inch overlap. Create tabs by making vertical cuts every 1/2 inch around the top and bottom of the shade.

Brush extra glue on the inside of the tabs and fold them over the shade. Work around the shade, pressing the tabs down until they stay in place.

Option: You can punch holes and thread heavy string around the top and bottom.

Step 5: Draw your cave drawings on a brown grocery bag. Carefully tear out the drawings. Wrinkle them up, smooth them out and dampen them with a sponge or cloth. Brush glue on the back and paste onto your lamp shade.

Step 6: Brush a coat of glue over the entire lamp shade and let it dry. Turn on your lamp, and your room instantly looks like a fire-lit cave.


Comments about “Make a “10,000-Year-Old” Lamp Shade”

  1. Almost an Eagle says:

    It should be the 2.5 million to 250,000 year old lamp if you wanted to be scientifically accurate.

  2. The guy who is talking says:

    WOW, Who ever came up with this. ITS JUST SO AMAZING

  3. Raju says:

    I wanna new lamp!

  4. evil awsome evil cool gummy bear says:


  5. person says:

    Hey people send this to other people! I’ve tried it and it was cool!
    It’s a great trick to make it without mom and/or dad noticing and scaring them when they come in your room.

  6. Evil Gummy Bears says:

    Almost Tenderfoot, you are abselutly right.

  7. bla bla bla says:

    that would be sad for scientists

  8. tony b says:

    So why do you have to stain it with damp coffee grounds? Why not use the paper bag from the start?

  9. me says:

    I like this.It is so fun.

  10. yogi says:

    seems complecated but i might try it

  11. I LIKE PIE says:

    or maby a sock themed lamp shade might be better

  12. I LIKE PIE says:

    Now all i need is a pre historic bone lamp please post a design for that

  13. jagur says:

    Maby not a cave man but it is not so easy . But it is cool .

  14. ry says:

    So easy a caveman could do it!

  15. Iron Man says:

    cool! you could also go to goodwill and get an old lamp shade. 8D

    i’m gonna try this

  16. Jupiter says:

    I mean it this is awesome

  17. Rocy says:

    This is awesome

  18. Chickenfoot101 says:

    Awesome im making one

  19. SNAZ says:

    BAX 101 I agree that is cool

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  21. Almost Tenderfoot says:

    This looks cool

  22. I you me them says:


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