DIY Drum Lamp Shade

With the right tools you can make the perfect drum lamp shade right in the comfort of your own home. Learn about a do-it-yourself drum lamp shade with help from an interior designer, home staging expert, and Allied member of ASID in this free video clip.

Part of the Video Series: Interior Design 101

Video Transcript

Hi my name is Meg Tawes, drum shades are a great contemporary shape for any lampshade and the great thing is these simple white versions are readily available and very inexpensive at most big box retailers and they're a great way to do a simple DIY project to create a custom look for your lampshade. I have three ways to make over these shades. My first idea is very simple, you really just need to take a little bit of ribbon and wrap it around the circumference of the shape. This is a nice simple way to add a colorful impact to your space. Then my second idea involves using a stencil and a little bit of fabric paint. Position the stencil at varying points around the shade and use your fabric paint in a few different complementary colors to create a custom colorful look. Now for a very dramatic makeover you can take a little bit of scrap fabric and completely recover the shade. All you need to do is measure the length of the shade itself and add about an inch to an inch and a half, have a little bit extra to fold over the edges of the end. You want to use a little bit of spray adhesive and after you've cut your fabric to size, just wrap it around the shade very carefully to make sure there are no bubbles. Once you've done that you want to have a finished edge by folding over the fabric when it meets the other side. Now when you've done that, you wan to fold over the top and bottom edges so that you have a smooth line. From there you're all done. So the next time you're looking for a creative way to make over a lampshade, especially a drum shade, these are three easy ways to do so.

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