Drum Chandelier DIY for $6!

2 Materials
20 Minutes

The infamous boob light is ubiquitous in our house and I hate it! Although practical, this light fixture has no style.

drum chandelier diy for 6

It is surprisingly easy to deconstruct this light fixture. I am going to work with the existing bolt and base, so I just removed the frosted glass bowl and light bulbs.

drum chandelier diy for 6

I found this lamp shade at the Habitat for Humanity Restore for $2. Originally, I bought it for my living room lamps, but it was too skinny. I ended up  making my own drum lamp shade for the lamps, and this went into storage. The  crystal strands I bought off Amazon for only $4! ! Talk about an amazing deal! They are not very high quality, but I don’t think anyone will be up on my ceiling inspecting them.

drum chandelier diy for 6

I measured and adjusted the strands to be in descending length when they hang. Then I attached them to the lamp shade hardware by clipping on the metal hoop.

drum chandelier diy for 6

I thread a nut to hold the lamp shade on the bolt protruding from the existing light fixture. After I replaced the light bulbs, this is what it looked like inside.

drum chandelier diy for 6

And better yet, this is what it looks like from other parts of the room.

drum chandelier diy for 6

It is crazy to think this project only cost me $6 and was so easy to put together! It looks fancy and expensive in the office space.

drum chandelier diy for 6

The DIY drum chandelier was just the beginning of a multitude of inexpensive, DIY projects I did for my husband's home office makeover. Click on the link to my blog below and take a peek.

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  • Marie Oriol-Lavalle
    on Jul 25, 2018

    Hubby recently broke the ugly generic shade that was above the bathroom tub. Would I be able to use this same time of shade for a bathroom, or should I find another type given moisture/water/steam associated with bathroom environments?? What options are there for shades?

    • Ray
      on Aug 1, 2018

      If you want lightbulbs exploding over your head while you’re showering go ahead and leave it off.

      Sorry, I just had to put that out there.

      Please by all means replace your light fixture cover. It should actually be a sealed unit so that you would not have glass falling on you in the shower if a lightbulb were to self to destruct.

  • Ginnie
    on Jul 29, 2018

    I want to try this.

    Could I use LED bulbs instead of the CFLs?

    • Jim White
      on Aug 1, 2018

      Yes, you could. Due to the extremely low heat produced by an led bulb and the ventilation at the top of the shade to the ceiling I would consider putting some round cut, white colored, plexiglas over the cross arms of the shade.

  • T davidson
    on Aug 1, 2018

    Crystal’s say $24.95 on Amazon, also what size bolt?

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  • Janet McCarraher
    on Sep 17, 2018

    Very clever with beautiful results!

  • Cheryl
    on Oct 2, 2018

    I didn't know there was a rod in the center, that is the solution I was looking for on how to attach lampshade. Awesome.

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