IKEA FADO Lamp Hack for Children’s Room

You may have noticed that I’ve been blogging lesser this year and the main reason is because I’ve neglected my health and subjected it to a lot lesser rest that it needed and deserved last year. And my friends, I just want to say that we should never take our health for granted, so please take care of yourself and get sufficient rest, exercise and eat well.

So while I’ve turned down numerous opportunities for collaborations, I jumped at the chance when I was approached by IKEA for their blogger engagement as this is a brand that I truly am a fan of. So over the next 4 months, I’ll be sharing with you some of the projects I’ll be doing with IKEA and I hope they give you fresh inspirations 🙂

For my first project, I want to share about how I did a super cute IKEA FADO Lamp Hack for Sophie’s room.

IKEA Fado Lamp 01

Here’s what you need:

  • FADO table lamp
  • Sharpie markers (I used black and yellow)
  • Ink stamp in pink
  • small piece of sponge

Here’s the BEFORE look at the table lamp on Sophie’s side table. While it’s functional, I just wished it was more welcoming especially before she goes to sleep at night.

IKEA Fado Lamp 02

IKEA Fado Lamp 03

Before I jumped into drawing freehand on the lamp directly, I thought of a few ideas. Since one of her favourite animal is the bunny from her favorite story book, Guess How Much I Love You, I decided to go on Pinterest to get some inspirations of illustrated rabbits.

Once I chose my design, I printed the picture on my colour printer at about 3/4 of an A4. You’ll want to use Sharpie markers for this project, which can be easily purchased from bookshops like Popular, Art Friend or the local craft stores.

IKEA Fado Lamp 04

IKEA Fado Lamp 05

Before you get started, it’s a good idea to just have a wipe down of the lamp and make sure that you work on dry surface.

While Sharpie markers are supposed to be permanent markers, you’ll be relived to know that they are surprisingly very forgiving on shaking hands and I managed to wipe off my mistakes effortlessly. But that also means you’ll have to be careful not to get the ink smudged.

At first, I was contemplating using acrylic paint for the rabbit’s ears and cheeks but since I couldn’t find any in my stash of art supply, I substituted it with my versa ink stamp and it was perfect! Plus the shade of pink was simply too adorable.

The ink stamping was so simple that even Sophie chipped in to lend a helping hand.

Here’s a tip: As you want to only ink a small surface area, do cut your sponge to a smaller size to avoid smudging and use gentle dabbing motions for a soft, gentle effect.

IKEA Fado Lamp 06

IKEA Fado Lamp 07

IKEA Fado Lamp 08

Since this was going to be Sophie’s night lamp, she suggested to add stars.

As a final finishing touch, I added the words, Good Night, honey bunny and her night lamp is complete.

IKEA Fado Lamp 09

IKEA Fado Lamp 10


Sophie was over the moon with the new look of her table lamp and I was secretly very satisfied with the end result myself!  And if you’re thinking of giving it a go, rest assured that it takes no more than half an hour to complete and it could even be a cool June holiday bonding activity for you and your child.


Here are more inspirations from around the web.on how you can DIY the FADO table lamp.

FADO lamp

  1. Panda Lamp
  2. Mr Moon Lamp
  3. Spiderman Lamp
  4. Miffy Lamp



Here’s a project I did last year on how you can transform a $1.50 wall clock to a princess clock. Read on here.



Did I spark a creative light bulb in you with this post? If so, head over to IKEA website and explore the many other wonderful things you can create with their products.




* This is a sponsored post written in collaboration with IKEA, however all ideas and opinions expressed here are my own.


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Comments: 21

  1. SweetMemoirs Page May 27, 2016 at 9:35 am Reply

    I love how you turned the plain looking lamp into something that Sophie loves. A personal touch goes a long way, I bet Sophie feels so loved every time she looks at the lamp. Her star idea reminds me of my girl who loves stars too.

    • Susan May 29, 2016 at 12:35 am Reply

      She adores it especially when it’s something that she helped to personalize too 🙂

  2. Jenn-mylilbookworm May 27, 2016 at 10:38 am Reply

    That’s so cute, Susan! Too old for my boy, but definitely a nice gift for younger ones!

    • Susan May 29, 2016 at 12:36 am Reply

      He can make the spiderman lamp that I shared. Haha.

  3. SengkangBabies May 27, 2016 at 1:43 pm Reply

    I did not know IKEA lamps can be handicrafted, hand me a Miffy please 🙂

    cheers, Andy

    • Susan May 29, 2016 at 12:37 am Reply

      That’s one cute design that I’m going to attempt next! Saw it from Pinterest and I love it so much 🙂

  4. Young Smarties May 27, 2016 at 3:26 pm Reply

    This is so cute! A great idea it is!

    • Susan May 29, 2016 at 12:38 am Reply

      Thanks 🙂

  5. Pooja kawatra May 27, 2016 at 11:53 pm Reply

    It looks beautiful and kids decorating stuff for their room is so precious.

  6. Jingyi May 28, 2016 at 12:34 am Reply

    Love ur idea. The lamp is so pretty and special!

  7. Debs G May 28, 2016 at 10:26 am Reply

    I love the ‘rabbit in the moon’ idea! Simple and idiot-proof.

    • Susan May 29, 2016 at 12:38 am Reply

      Heh, it sure is a hit!

  8. Jacqualine May 28, 2016 at 2:41 pm Reply

    Wow the Mr. Moon FADO Lamp Hack is SUPER COOL. I doubt I can draw like that but it makes me want to try my hand at it for my kids’ room too!!

    • Susan May 29, 2016 at 12:39 am Reply

      It is, isn’t it? Go try and share your experience making it too okay 🙂

  9. Ai Sakura May 31, 2016 at 11:23 am Reply

    Oh such a cute and creative idea!! Look forward to more of your DIY projects.. you really have the flair for it! 🙂

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

  10. Ashlyn May 31, 2016 at 4:56 pm Reply

    That’s such a cute and easy fix! Sophie must be proud to create her own lamp!

  11. Party Garage June 17, 2016 at 10:59 am Reply

    What an interesting and simple DIY for the young kids!

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  14. lfh55555 September 23, 2016 at 4:46 pm Reply

    great DIY ideas for children. clap. clap

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