Upcycle Lamp: from Paw Patrol to Superhero Lamp

My son loves it, I love it. What more could we ask for?

My husband bought this Paw Patrol lamp from Target about 6 years ago. It was cute for 3 year olds, but my son just turned 9. He still used it in his room because he needed a lamp. He wanted a superhero one that looked like it was busting through the wall. Those were $39.99. We live on a LEO salary, so I figured we could do better than that. So, off to Pinterest we went. We saw some that had small superhero figurines on the base, & upward. Some had comic book pages & he liked that because he wanted to include all superheros. It turned out to be a very easy project & cost me nothing because I had all the supplies. Even if you had to buy everything except the lamp, you’d only spend about $5. That’s adding in how much it costs per page if you print your superhero comic pages.

For this project you’ll need:

  • an old lamp- if the base isn’t painted red already, you’ll need to spray paint it red
  • Printer to print superhero comic book pages or old superhero comic books ($.60- .10 per page printed)
  • Mod Podge in matte ($1 in the Target dollar section)
  • Foam brush to spread the Mod Podge ($1 for a 3-pack at Dollar Tree)
  • Scissors (Dollar Tree also has adult size scissors for $1)
  • Superhero figurine- he got several “string heros” from the quarter machines in front of Walmart & the Dollar Tree; he chose to use Flash as the on/off pull string ($0.75 from the machine) You can also use small figurines they sometimes have in the toy section at Dollar Tree, Walmart, Target, etc.
  • If you use a toy figure & not a string character, you’ll need E-6000 or hot glue gun & glue
Original lamp

First you’ll want to clean the lamp. Get any dust or stray Crayola marker streaks off. Mine came clean easily. If you need to spray paint your lamp, do so now. While it’s drying, you can print some superhero comic book pages online. If you have old comics, that’s even better. You don’t have to waste your ink!

My son wanted all different superheros, but if your child wants all Batman or Iron Man, you can do that too. For my lamp I cut the pages at different angles or chunks of this comic book page line & that one. Then I went around the lamp & placed the cut out pieces where I thought they’d look best. To do this, take the comic you want to start with & dip your foam brush into the Mod Podge. Spread some on the back of the page & a bit on the lamp shade. Once you get it smoothed on, brush a bit more on top of the comic. You’ll do that all around your lampshade. Just turn it, find the best spot for each cut out & glue it on. You’ll see you can cut smaller pieces as you go, or you can layer certain parts of the page. I went with layering mine. You may also want to have enough paper to fold under at the bottom & over the shade at the top, so you can’t see the old edges. Finding the best spot for each piece is what takes the longest, so be prepared with your newest binge-worth Netflix shows!

You can see here how I folded part of the paper over the top edge of the lampshade.

Once all pieces are placed, spread another layer of Mod Podge over the entire shade, ensuring it will stay on & look nice & smooth! Allow it to dry for about 12 hours or so.

While mine was drying, I tied “String Flash” onto the silver on/off chain. However, if you’re using a solid type figurine, use the hot glue or E-6000 to place it on the lamp base. Find the spot, place glue on the superheros’s back or feet & press him down. I usually place E-6000, then squeeze hot glue over it, so the hot glue will hold it right away & the E-6000 holds it in the long run!

Left, string Flash. You can also glue on bigger figurines to the base, like Batman.
The final product

It took about 2 hours to complete, but including drying time. Printing & piecing the pages on the lampshade took the most time, around an hour & a half. You won’t regret it if you upcycle an old lamp. It’s cute & functional! How could that go wrong? If you liked this post, please share it. Comment & show us your upcycle in the comments sections. Please browse around at my other posts. I am just beginning this site, I how to have 2 posts a week, so please come back & visit!