DIY Drum Shade From Tall Lamp Shade

by Ann
3 Materials
The saga continues. The Welding Man LUVS the brass and glass hanging light in our dining room. He wants to keep it. I am dealing with it.

I thought a drum shade would look nice. And then I went shopping and almost fainted from sticker shock! So I got this tall lamp shade at the thrift store for $2.99. I figured at that price I could afford to fail if my idea didn't work.

I cut it to fit the light fixture then re used the metal ring at the top edge. I used hot glue for the ring and also the mixed trims around the outside. I used muslin bias binding, strips of burlap and some dressmakers trim. Hmmm, not perfect but not bad in the daylight!

Whoa, that's really yellow. Okay, I'll say amber. A bit too amber for me. And when it's lighted it really emphasizes every bit of unevenness of the various trims. NOT liking that at all. The uneven trims are making me itch, mentally.

For now, I'm keeping it!

Maybe I need to find another thrift store shade and try this project again? I'm recalculating....or maybe I need to just make some pretty springtime garlands and dress this light up like I did for the fall? I'll let you know!
Suggested materials:
  • Tall lampshade   (thrift store)
  • Fabric trims   (on hand)
  • Hot glue   (on hand)
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