Friday, May 30, 2014

Ceiling Drumshade step-by-step

I love ceiling drumshades.
I like how they look, but...
they are pretty expensive.
At $100+,
I knew there had to be a less expensive way of making one.
Sure you can just find a lampshade and attach it to the ceiling light fixture, 
but  that's not the look I was going for.
I wanted something that looked like a ceiling drumshade not a lampshade.
(aka the top "ring" and the bottom one are the same size.)
 I gathered some material and got to work.
We are talking about making a ceiling drumshade for
 less than $2...
Here is what I used:
paint sticks (free)
embroidery hoop (.50c at a garage sale)
leftover strip of white dropcloth canvas material 
(used to make my inexpensive slipcover 

3 eye hooks ($1 for a pack of several picture mounting material)
wire (came in the same pack as the eye hooks)
diffuser (optional) .50c ($tree sells a pack of 2 chopping mats for $1) 
-the other mat was used to make this 
reusable wall stencil-

Here are the steps.
Remove the metal part of the hoop.
Cut the stirring stick in 3 (4 inches each) and 
hot glue the sticks on the inside of the hoop.
Pay attention that the stirring paint sticks are a little curved...perfect for this hoop project.
Add eye hooks.
Then cut your fabric strip to the measure needed. Mine was 5" wide (to allow the fabric to wrap on the inside)
I only used hot glue where the fabric and sticks met.

Then I hot glued the border in. A little goes a long way and prevents you from touching overflowing hot glue with your fingers.
So far so good.
I then used metal wire through the hooks to attach shade to ceiling fixture.
I opted to not attach the diffuser (aka chopping mat), because this is a fan and has cords.
But it's an option if you don't want to see the light inside the shade.

I am also going to make another one for the fan in the girls room.
That fixture has 3 lights, so I bought a larger hoop (16") new for $8
The possibilities are endless.
You could add more interest to the actual shade...can you imagine using burlap?
I think I would like that texture and the light peeking through.

For now this will do,
and for $2, I am pretty happy of the result.

(the shade replaced an old glass globe...sorry, no pics...the globe crashed down last month making a huge glass mess...thankfully no one got hurt)

Stay Frugal,


Jeanette@Creating A Life said...

I LOVE this, Daniela! Great tutorial and such simple materials. Pinning :)


Carol said...

Good for you -- very clever!

Mary Palumbo Collings said...

Che bello Daniela… sei bravissima! Buona
Un abbraccio,

Junkchiccottage said...

This is just a great idea and pretty easy to do. Love this idea. Have a great Sunday.

Mindi Carwin said...

Your Drum shade makes me happy, it is awesome! You are a creative genius! And I use hot glue all the time too, love it!

Kelly said...

I believe you could come up with a way to make just about anything! So clever.

Carla from The River said...

This is a fun idea. And you did a great job explaining it to us all.
Have a great week.