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. Bea Tobias

    I’ve been looking for a solution to my ugly shade and these instructions are so perfect.
    If I can’t find a plastic mat big enough, do you think plastic mesh canvas, like you used in your earring holder, would be firm enough? Not sure if my old hands could cut the rigid stuff.
    Thanks.

    • Isabelle LaRue

      Hi Bea, Glad to hear my drum shade project will help! The mesh canvas could work but it might not sit perfectly flat – using a glue gun to tack into place might help to keep it taut (heavy duty scissors should cut through the material easily enough I would think).

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