Asked on Aug 24, 2019

How can I make a drum lamp shade for a vintage lamp?



4 answers
  • Jewellmartin
    on Aug 24, 2019

    I assume you have a drum shade you want to make look vintage, like your lamp. Buy a yard of beige or taupe see-through (sheer) fabric. It will probably be 45”, 63”, or even wider. From the 36” side, cut the fabric into 12” widths. You now have three long strips. Drape one end (12”) behind the drum shade at an angle, and tape one side to hold the strip in place. Continue draping the long strip around the drum, inside to outside and back again, overlapping 2” or as much more overlapping as you like. Tape the final end. Then cut a strip three times the height of the drum. Drape that strip so that it covers where the first strip ended inside the drum and so that each end of this shorter strip are on the outside. Now tie a pretty bow with the strip on the outside of the drum. Tape it temporarily. Adjust the sheer overlaps and the bow until it suits you. Then hot glue or use another glue that dries clear at the ends and edges of the draping, and under the bow in a few spots. Then remove the tape. You can go ivory or silver, but don’t be afraid to match the other colors you like. It’s the bow that makes the drum shade look antique or vintage, and sheer fabric is usually cheap. Best wishes! Jewell

  • Sharon
    on Aug 28, 2019

    Here is one video.... you don't have to use a kit, you can find old drum shades at thrift stores to get the wire frames

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