HGTV Copycat Candy Wrapper Lampshade

by Alli

It’s hit or miss Wednesday!  If you’re new to the blog, welcome!  Every Wednesday I share a recipe or a project that I’ve found in a magazine or on Pinterest, etc. and report on whether it’s a hit or miss.  I do have to say that I’ve had more hits than misses!  You can find last week’s hit or miss DIY Duck Tape Beach Bag here!

I was thumbing through September’s edition of HGTV magazine (one of my two favorite magazines) and found the cutest little DIY Candy Wrapper Lamp Shade using Starburst wrappers.  I knew my 5 year old grandson would get a kick out of it, so I made him one.

I had to unwrap a lot of sunburst candies to get the wrappers I needed (about 50).  I couldn’t find the directions on their website, so I’m sharing them here.

candy wrapper lampshade


HGTV Copycat Candy Wrapper LampShade

  • Starburst Candy Wrappers
  • Spray Mount Glue
  • Matte Mod Podge
  • Small Lampshade

After carefully unwrapping candies (put the unwrapped candies in a ziplock bag to keep fresh for later), place the wrappers, printed side up, on a sheet of wax paper and iron on medium to get the wrinkles out and to release any bits of candy stuck to the wrapper.

Using spray mount glue, affix wrappers to the shade in vertical rows, overlapping wrappers slightly.

Brush on a thin coat of matte Mod Podge to seal.  Let dry overnight.

Candy Wrapper Lampshade

Special Note:  I had my iron on medium,  but some of the wrappers stuck to the iron.  I turned the iron on low and they continued to stick.  Maybe I have a hot iron!   I then placed a sheet of waxed paper on top of the wrappers so that the wrappers were wedged between two sheets of waxed paper.  Some of the wrappers stuck to the  wax paper, but it was easy to peel off.

Hit or Miss?  This was a cute, simple little project, but my grandson is over the moon!  He can’t wait to put it in his bedroom.  He’s also looking forward to eating that leftover candy!

One thing I noticed is that my wrappers retained some of their wrinkles and the lamp in the magazine seemed to be wrinkle free or photo shopped.  I’m guessing the second option.  Also, some of the wrappers didn’t stick as well to the mounting glue and I had to go back over some of the edges.  I’m calling mine a rustic candy wrapper lampshade.  My grandson calls it awesome and that’s all that matters!

Candy Wrapper Lampshade





Ashley @ 3 Little Greenwoods August 13, 2014 - 7:10 am

Now this is a project my children could get excited about. My boys would think this lamp shade was the coolest!

Thanks for the inspiration and for giving us the “real world” take on an HGTV project.
~ Ashley

Alli August 13, 2014 - 8:16 am

My grandson kept wanting to touch it before it was dry!

Zan August 13, 2014 - 7:21 am

Such a cute idea…Who would have thought! 50 candy wrappers must have been a process to iron individually! No?

Alli August 13, 2014 - 8:16 am

I placed all of the wrappers on a sheet of wax paper and ironed them all at once. It really wasn’t that difficult except for the ones that stuck to the iron. That’s when I placed a sheet of wax paper on top of the wrappers, too.

Zan August 13, 2014 - 8:17 am

Ahhhhhhh…got it!!

Shirley Wood August 13, 2014 - 7:24 am

That is just so stinking cute! Who would’ve thought? I can only imagine dealing with the iron on those wrappers! It turned out great. I’d say it’s a Hit! Your grandson’s often benefit from your projects, you may have to make a few more of these 🙂

Alli August 13, 2014 - 8:14 am

I know! I’m gonna see what other candy wrappers I can find that would work good on a project like this.

Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama August 13, 2014 - 8:01 am

The joke’s on… there is no ziploc bag for “later” candies because they would all be in my mouth! I’m ravenous for those things! 🙂 Great use of reuse and recycle!

Alli August 13, 2014 - 8:13 am

LOL – I’m not a “hard candy” type person – just give me chocolate! Good thing it wasn’t Hershey’s Kisses! 🙂

Cindy Eikenberg August 13, 2014 - 8:07 am

Alli, how much fun is this? I vote for a hit, too, and I can just imagine how much your grandson loved it! This would be such a happy lamp to wake up to each morning. Thanks for sharing and pinning!

Paris at My BIg Fat Happy Life August 13, 2014 - 8:08 am

This lamp is so cute! I would never have thought to put candy wrappers on a lamp but I bet S would love this and eating all the candy too!

Nichole August 13, 2014 - 8:12 am

This is definitely cute for a kid! We just bought our first home and I am all into the fun DIY projects!

Kathy August 13, 2014 - 8:34 am

First, you have a five year grandson? You mean, you are not in your 20s? 🙂 I totally missed this on HGTV. Very cool. I think any child would love it. I could see it in Urban Outfitters or anthro. Thanks for sharing. I like your hit or miss series.

Alli August 13, 2014 - 11:23 am

LOL – I think I’m the only blogger not in my twenties! I do remember my 20’s, if that counts! 🙂 The lamp is in the very back of the September issue. I almost missed it, too.

Ashley LaMar August 13, 2014 - 8:51 am

That is so cute! I could see something like that also being cute to use during Halloween if you had a ‘candy table’ for the kids.

Alli August 13, 2014 - 11:22 am

It would be cute at Halloween or a candy buffet. Great idea!

Louida August 13, 2014 - 9:35 am

It’s a hit for me. This lamp would go prefect for my daughter’s room and they love rainbow colors and Starburt candies.

Alli August 13, 2014 - 11:21 am

It’s so easy to do, Louida!

zaby August 13, 2014 - 1:56 pm

That looks like so much fun

Nancy @ Neatly-Packaged August 13, 2014 - 4:06 pm

OMG that lamp is cute!! I think it came out well 🙂 Every time I try DIY, I end up getting paint all over me or sewing the buttons on the wrong side LOL

Alli August 14, 2014 - 4:28 am

Don’t get me started on sewing. I received a sewing machine for Christmas and haven’t used it yet. I need to watch the DVD that came with it to figure out how to threat that bobbin! 🙂

Kristen from The Road to Domestication August 13, 2014 - 6:52 pm

That’s neat! Good way to repurpose something that normally gets discarded!

Alli August 14, 2014 - 4:26 am

I thought it was a cute, easy project that brightened up a dull lampshade.

Tiffany August 13, 2014 - 10:34 pm

What a cool DIY! I think my kiddies may abandon me after they get to open (and try to eat) all the candy for the wrappers…LOL

Alli August 14, 2014 - 4:25 am

I unwrapped the candies when the grands were not around – LOL – and hid them in the pantry. Of course, they later found them.

MJ @ Daisy & June August 14, 2014 - 10:25 am

Ha! Daisy would love this. She is way into reusing items from around the house! I bet lit up its perfectly adorable.

krystalskitsch August 14, 2014 - 2:22 pm

I love the bright colors. It would be a fun summer decor piece!

Crystal August 15, 2014 - 10:55 pm

This is so cute!! My husband would gladly volunteer to unwrap and eat all the starbursts for me 🙂

Alli August 16, 2014 - 10:26 am

My son-in-law was very happy to help with that job, too! 🙂


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