I’m a bit obsessed with the beautiful fish paintings of Louis Renard. I’ve been looking for fun ways to incorporate some of these stunning vintage images into my home decor. That’s where I got the idea for this DIY IKEA floor lamp hack.
I’d actually been thinking of combing the beautiful vintage images into some kind of aquarium type floor lamp. I’d been trying to think of the best way to make such a lamp for a while. However, it was when I accompanied a friend on a trip to our local IKEA store when I finally got my eureka moment.
Rather than making a floor lamp from scratch, I could hack and VIDJA IKEA floor lamp. This has to be one of the easiest IKEA hacks I have ever done. One of the best bits about this IKEA floor lamp hack is that it is reversible. So, if in a few years, you fancy a change, perhaps birds or butterflies instead of fish. The floor lamp will be so easy to hack again.
How to Make An IKEA Floor Lamp Hack Aquarium
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What you need for an IKEA floor lamp hack
- IKEA VIDJA Floor Lamp
- Double-sided sticky tape
- 3 Printed fish aquarium templates. You can make your own or download the same ones I used here.
Fish Aquarium 2
How To Hack An IKEA VIDJA Floor Lamp
Step 1: The first thing to do is to print out the aquarium template. The IKEA floor lamp has three sections, so three printouts are needed.
The size of each paper printout should be 45cm by 60cm. This is too large for my home printer, so I get my local print shop to print the aquarium templates for me. The print shop also trims them to size.
Step 2: The next thing to do is to unpack the VIDJA IKEA floor lamp and start making the lamp according to the instructions. Firstly, erect the central lamp column and screw in the light bulbs. Don’t add the shade yet.
Step 3: Cover the IKEA floor lamp shades with the aquarium prints before adding them. Take the shades individually and roll them up using the Velcro to hold them in place, as in the VIDJA instructions. At the Velcro, join and apply two strips of double-sided sticky tape along the whole width of the shade.
Attach one end of the paper printout to one strip of double-sided sticky tape. Then wrap the aquarium printout around the shade and fix the other end to the second strip of tape. Repeat with the other 2 VIDJA shades with the other two aquarium printouts.
Step 4: Finally, assemble the rest of the floor lamp following the VIDJA instructions supplied with the floor lamp.
When you switch on the floor lamp the gorgeous fish images of Louis Renard will be beautifully illuminated. The lovely colours will appear bright and vibrant.
Other Ideas & Posts
As I mentioned, one of the great things about this IKEA floor lamp hack is that it is not permanent. So when you fancy a change, you can print off some other vintage images and use them to cover the lamp.
A miniature version of these floor lamps can be made with the same images making these cute mini DIY tea light lanterns.
Here are some other images you might like to use for a VIDJA floor lamp hack.
- Collection of Toucan Paintings
- Natural History Sea life posters of Adolphe Millot
- Beautiful Vintage Butterfly images
- Beautiful Images of American Songbirds
When I first spotted the IKEA floor lamp in the store, one of the lamps were illuminated with coloured light bulbs. To create an even greater aquarium effect with the floor lamp hack you could use blue coloured bulbs to illuminate it.