How to make a drum shade

Do you like everything about your apartment, except for that unsightly ceiling light fixture? No need to replace it, just cover it up with a DIY drum shade - it will instantly give your room a more sophisticated and personalized look. See how easy it is to make a customized drum shade that will fit any d├ęcor, all with inexpensive and easily sourced materials. This is do it yourself lighting on a budget that's perfect for renters and anyone looking for a quick upgrade to their lighting fixtures.

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  1. Savanna

    is there a way to do something like this to a kitchen light? One of those big ugly rectangle ones.

    • Isabelle

      I’m working on a rectangular fixture so stay tuned!

      • Jodi

        Just wondering if you have tackled this yet? :)

        • Isabelle

          Not yet!

          • Dani H

            Oh, do please work on a solution for this! I love my rental kitchen except for the really ugly plastic-covered, rectangular fluorescent ceiling light fixture. I’ve added under cabinet lighting for task lights, but the ceiling fixture is not only seen in the kitchen, but from the dining room and living room as well.

            I love your drum shade project and your site!

          • Isabelle

            Those rectangular fluorescent fixtures can definitely be an eye sore!! I’ll keep working on some ideas and hopefully one works out so I can share with everyone :) Thank you!

  2. Tyler

    Hi! I really want to do this, but I don’t have the fixture up there… it’s just the lightbulb and a small base with 2 holes on either side. Are there any other ways to hang it?

    • Isabelle

      Hi Tyler, You could install eye screws into the ceiling and use the s-hooks to hang the drum shade from the eye hooks. Hope that helps, Thanks! Isabelle

  3. B Koepke

    Video won’t load for me. Can you verify it’s still published and viewable please?

  4. P Patel

    I like to create larger diameter 36″ drum shades. What material will you use to create 36″ diameter ring?


  5. Laura-Lee

    Hi, I have an ugly sort of see through drop light fixture that is on a low ceiling. Any suggestions on how to make this shade work?

    I can’t seem to pay this with the picture attached.

    • Isabelle

      Hi Laura-lee – I don’t see the picture you attached showing the fixture you mentioned. Can you try to post it again? Thanks! Isabelle

  6. Clara

    Hi Isabelle,

    I loved this and your pendant lamp tutorial! I’m tweaking a couple things to make my lampshade and I would like to know, does Weldbond Glue tack up quickly or is it runny?


    • Isabelle

      Hi Clara, Weldbond glue is fairly easy to work with and would say it has a medium consistency and does tack up fairly quickly. Hope you’ll share pics of you project! Thanks for watching! Isabelle

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