This DIY Map Lamp Makeover uses a basic lamp shade and and a map of your favorite place to create a beautiful room accessory.
Even though it is the room that is the least seen, our bedroom is the room in our house where I have put the most effort when it comes to decorating. It’s where I spend (or at least try to spend) 7-8 hours per day sleeping, plus that all-important winding down time before going to bed. For me, that means spending time reading. It helps me relax and prepare for sleep, although I admit that occasionally, when the book gets too good, it’s hard to put it down.
This week I got something new to help prepare me for bed when I ordered a NEW GE Align™ PM LED Light Bulb from Amazon (super easy to order with FAST shipping by the way), which helps promote your body’s natural sleep cycle when used for 30 minutes before bedtime. That is just perfectly timed with my before-bed reading.
I decided to use my GE Align™ PM LED Light Bulb in a DIY Map Lamp Makeover project that I have been wanting to tackle ever since I saw a similar project on a flea market makeover TV show last year. It turns out that this was super easy to do! Here’s how:
DIY Map Lamp Makeover
Lamp with lamp shade
Large paper map
GE Align™ PM LED Light Bulb
How to Make a Map Lamp:
- Using a hot iron, press the creases of your map. It’s ok to leave a few creases – that’s realistic for a map!
- Remove shade from lamp and roll it across the map from one end to the other, using a pen to mark the edges. (If you have an irregular shape, you may want to first draw this on plain paper to later transfer to the map and avoid mistakes.
- Cut out the map along your pen lines.
- Using double-sided tape, attach map to shade.
- Use scissors to trim away any overlap.
- Replace shade on your lamp and put the GE Align™ PM LED Light Bulb into the lamp.
Have extra fun with this project by using maps from places you have been, places you would love to travel, or from your own state. Or create two lamps for each side of the bed: one with the favorite place you have been and the other for the place you most wish to visit next.
I have to say that since I made my lamp, my hubby has sneaked the GE Align™ PM LED Light Bulb into HIS bedside lamp, so I will have to get another for myself. (Currently only available on Amazon.) This NEW bulb is not your ordinary light bulb! Unlike an ordinary bulb, it’s engineered to produce a low amount of blue light which creates a very warm, yellowish orange color to help you rest more easily. The light produces more melatonin in the body. While I’m shopping for my replacement bulb on Amazon, I am also going to check out the GE Align™ AM LED Light Bulbs, which help promote the body’s natural wake cycle.
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This would be a fabulous makeover for the traveler! I might have to try this one with the kids!
I need to put more effort into our room. It is quite neglected.
This is an awesome lamp makeover for travelers! It would definitely help you see where you are going, lol
Chrystal @ YUM eating says
I am a big fan of old antique maps and the projects you can do with new ones (and even how to make them look old) and this one turned out really well. I would love to do this with my reading lamp and make it Oklahoma and my hometown. Now that I am in Michigan, I tend to get homesick quite a bit.
Ann Bacciaglia says
This is such a cute idea. I have a few lamps i could make over. I love the map idea.
Jocelyn McGaffic says
What a great idea! I love DIY projects that use just a few supplies and look like you spent a ton!
Well that’s fun! I’d have never thought to do that in a million years, but I really like it. 🙂
Jessica (Savory Experiments) says
What a clever idea! I just redecorated my guest room with a Baltimore theme, so I think I could do it with a map of Baltimore. Thanks for the idea!
That is a very cute DIY project. Love the way it turned out
Stefani Tolson says
What a cute idea. I love how it turned out. So clever!
Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty says
Very cute lamp makeover!! I love the idea of a map as decoration, very unique!
Kelly @eclecticmommy says
LOVE this map lamp makeover. What a fun way to head off to sleep dreaming of travel. #client
Theresa Smith says
I would love to try this light bulb. My husband works 2nd shift and we don’t eat until he gets home so we don’t go to bed until about 2:30 am. I usually read in bed but I have a terrible time going to sleep. Most nights I am up until 6:30 am until I finally fall asleep and then get up at 10 or 10:30 am. I really need to get more sleep. I would definitely be willing to try this light bulb if it would help.
Angela Cash says
I often have a difficult time winding down at bedtime. I would love to try the GE Align PM LED Light Bulb to help me relax and fall asleep quicker.
I can always use some help getting better sleep.
Laurie Emerson says
I would like to try the GE align bulb as I would love to find something to help me sleep better at night. I love your project. This would be so perfect for military families who travel a lot and would like to see just where they have been. You did a great job!