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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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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  • Ginnie Ginnie on Jul 29, 2018

    I want to try this.

    Could I use LED bulbs instead of the CFLs?

  • T davidson T davidson on Aug 01, 2018

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

  • Phyllis Shook Forrest Phyllis Shook Forrest on Jul 26, 2019

    How did you attach the lamp shade to the ceiling.

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  • Charise. Charise. on Jul 27, 2020

    Nicely done!!!!! I've been in love with this idea for years. I've several boobs lights that could use this re-do; I've simply been unlucky with finding the right sized drum shade, with the right innards. ...any day now. lol!

  • Jo Jo on Jul 28, 2020

    This is a stroke of genius!!! I already removed the glass on this ubiquitous fixture.