A Unique DIY Fun IKEA Floor Lamp Hack

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How to Make An IKEA Floor Lamp Hack Aquarium

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 having to make a floor lamp from scratch, I could simply 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 totally reversible. So, if in a few years time you fancy a change, perhaps birds or butterflies instead of fish. The floor lamp will be so easy to hack again.

IKEA Vidja floor lamp before hacking

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.
IKEA VIDJA unboxed

Aquarium 1

Aquarium 1 Louis Renard

Aquarium 2

Aquarium 2 Louis Renard

Aquarium 3

Louis Renard aquarium 3

How To Hack An IKEA VIDJA Floor Lamp

1. The first thing to do is to print out the aquarium template. The IKEA floor lamp comes in 3 sections, so 3 print outs are needed.

The size of each paper print out 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.

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.

Assembling the IKEA Vidja floor lamp

3. Before adding the shades to the IKEA floor lamp hack cover them with the aquarium prints. Take the shades one by one and roll them up using the Velcro to hold them in place as in the VIDJA instructions. At the Velcro, join apply 2 strips of double sided sticky tape along the whole width of the shade.

Attach one end of the paper print out to one strip of double sided sticky tape. Then wrap the aquarium print out around the shade and fix the other end to the second strip of tape. Repeat with the other 2 VIDJA shades, with the other 2 aquarium print outs.

Applying the sticky tape
Aquarium print out 1
Aquarium one printout for the IKEA floor lamp hack VIDJA

4. Finally, assemble the rest of the floor lamp following the VIDJA instructions supplied with the floor lamp.

Making the IKEA 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.

Close up of IKEA floor lamp hack
Aquarium IKEA floor lamp hack
Fish IKEA floor lamp hack

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.

I love these colorful fish of Louis Renard so much, I selected some of the most colorful ones and created a rainbow fish gallery wall to compliment the lamp.

Here are some other images you might like to use for a VIDJA floor lamp hack.

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.

There are more wonderful ideas for IKEA lamp hacks here that you might want to also check out. For hacks of other IKEA products check out DIYideacenter.com.

27 thoughts on “A Unique DIY Fun IKEA Floor Lamp Hack

  1. Hi Claire, New visitor. Love your ideas & Love the lamp! I would appreciate your input on a hack of your hack. I have been looking for a cool light/design to place on a low ceiling beam that has no ceiling lights 7′ on either side of it. (Its a rental, what can I say?)
    Do you think its possible to cut the shades in half? I was thinking of putting one half on each side of the beam (One cut side would face the ceiling and the other the beam, so it would be a rounded light coming from the beam.) I hope this is clear. My husband is handy, but I order on line and before I do, I thought I would get your thoughts. Thanks, Kindly

    1. The shades for the floor lamps come in three sections and would be easy to cut with a sharp craft knife so I’m sure they could work. I’m not sure how you would fix them in place but I’m sure your husband could work that out. Thanks for visiting.

  2. This is beautiful! A question I always wonder when I see paper applied to lamps lamp shades – is it not a fire hazard? Iā€™m guessing the process somehow stops this from possibly happening?


    1. Thank you, in this case it is not a fire hazard as the paper goes on top of the existing shade which is fireproof. Also today modern lightbulbs don’t get nearly as hot as old light bulbs so there is much less risk of fire.

  3. Thank you very much Claire, I just got the prints back – I had them sealed at the printers as I was worried my 3 year old granddaughter would maybe damage them if they were simple
    paper. The room looks so much better with this and not just a boring white tube in a space that needs light, it’s really fun and worth the effort. Your instructions were clear and easy. Many, many thanks.

  4. This made my day. Now I know what to do in a couple of room corners that were just lost and dark. I just have to decide whether to use fishes or something farther afield. Thanks so much.

    1. Can you clarify though – the example prints look like they are printed on a parchment colored background and they look that way on the lamp when lit. But the pictures where you have the lamp in pieces appear to have the fish on a white background (with the parchment coloring then presumably provided by the light itself).

      Sooooo….how did you end up with the final lovely parchment background?

      1. The pictures were printed as the downloads on to normal copy paper the fish themselves are on a creamy background which prints on to the paper. So if you print my designs as is you will get the same effect with the light. Don’t forget that the paper goes over the existing frame which will also soften the light.

  5. So stinkin’ creative, Claire! What an original idea, too… haven’t see this before! So many ways to vary this, too! Always good to see you at Homestyle Gathering! Pinned to my Coastal Board.

    1. Thank you so much. I just wanted a different way to display the pictures that’s when I got the aquarium idea.

  6. What a great idea! I love the way it turned out. I may have to do this for myself (or maybe one of my kid’s rooms). Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. Wait a minute, I’m totally confused. Claire, I had no idea you had two blogs. Is picture box blue new? Love the lamp hack! My grandson would love this in his room. šŸ™‚

    1. Yes, Pictureboxblue is a new blog the emphasis on this blog is a resource for beautiful free images to download. With the occasional craft or DIY post with suggestions of how to use those images.

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