Monday, December 26, 2011

DIY Easy Peasy Drum Shade Chandelier




Hope your Holidays went well. I took quite a break from blogging. I wasn't really trying to, but it seemed I had so much going on with projects for the blog, holidays, and just plain roadblocks in getting the projects done that it took a little while to get my project up and posted!  Anyhow, here is a really easy peasy and cheap drum shade you can make yourself!





 


Materials:
2 quilting hoops of your choice of shape and size
1 large piece of plexiglass
Material of your choice
Glue sticks and glue gun



Tutorial:

Cut your plexiglass in half. There are several ways to go about this. Apparently they have a scoring tool just for this. I didn't use one. My hubs simply cut it in half very slowly. It did splinter all the way down, which was nerve wracking, but it didn't shatter.




Next, unscrew the outer ring from the inner ring of the quilting hoop. You will want to use the 2 inner rings together, which is why you are buying 2 hoops instead of using one. This way you won't have the ugly screw and blocks on your drum shade.



Now hot glue the outer edges of your plexiglass to the inside ring of the quilting hoops.

I learned to use quilting hoops from the keylor family blog .  However, I improvised on the directions for myself, so that is why I'm doing my own tutorial. You can use either tutorial, depending on your needs. 

My dining room is in it's infant stages of being made-over so don't judge people! :)
BTW, this is a super cheap alternative to purchasing a large drumshade. This drumshade is 27 inches if I remember right. The plexiglass was 6 dollars if I remember right, and it was huge! You can use a coupon and get it 40 percent off what I paid. Do the same for the quilting hoops! I believe the quilting hoops were 3.99 and you can use a 50 percent off coupon at JoAnn's Fabric and only pay 2 bucks a pop! Then grab a 40 or 50 percent coupon for JoAnn's and buy your fabric.

Now it's time to cover your shade with fabric!




Glue the fabric edge inside the shade. Use the wood ring as your guide. Make sure the fabric is taught when doing the other side, so there are no funky wrinkles in your fabric.



You are going to want to line your shade so it doesn't look all funky inside. Don't worry if I can do it, ANYONE can.  Just cut the size you need for the inside and hot glue into place.


Hubby's hand. He wanted to help glue it!


Cut away in excess fabric. Now it's time for the bias tape to give it a nice finish.



Ok, now take a lint brush and brush off all the lint. I had found a way to hang the shade, but not til I had already finished. So I had to go along with the Keylor's for how they hung theirs. With 2 wood strips at the top.

It's not the most attractive option but I wasn't about to spend hundreds on a shade so I went with it.
I took a yardstick and cut it in half. Covered it with fabric and hot glued it over the Ikea Filsta light pendant I already had. I didn't glue it to the Ikea filsta, I glued the wood strips over top.





And that's it! An uber cheap easy peasy drum shade! You made it with your own 2 little hands and your hubby's if your lucky:)

I'm working on another shade as we speak and it's not going to be anything like you've seen in blog world. Well, at least I haven't seen anything like it yet, not a diy on it anyways. So, don't forget to come back by next week and check it out!




29 comments:

  1. This looks great! I love the use of materials. Great job!

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  2. This looks like such an easy and cute idea! Thanks!

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  3. Awesome job!! Changing a light fixture can really update a space! I would love for you to come link up tomorrow over at Passionatelyperfect.com!

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  4. Super Cool Idea!!!Whoo would have known u could make your own shade:) Lovin this,thanks Deidre~http://simplysimplisticated4.blogspot.com

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  5. Thank you for posting this easy tutorial! I'm pinning this now...and I'm your newest follower! Please stop by bellanest.blogspot.com if you get a chance. Happy New Year!

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  6. Good idea! Your version came out great. Nice work!
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

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  7. Southern Product Queen, Thank you:)

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  8. Sherika, Thank you. I will do that:)

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  9. Deidre, I agree! It's so exciting to know you are empowered in your home, in this economy, to make it more beautiful without having to compromise! The keylor family deserve all the credit. I just updated their version to my taste!

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  10. Thank you, Holly! That is so nice of you! I'll check out your blog today!

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  11. How smart is this? Love it...and drum shade can be so spendy, so this is such a great option!

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  12. Hi, Kristi. Thank you, but the idea wasn't mine. I borrowed it from the Keylor family blog. I just tweaked it for my needs.

    And I am thrilled to know how to do this now. Large Drumshades can be costly, and this saves a considerable chunk of your decorating budget:)

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  13. Just love it! What a good idea. I am a new follower and I hope you stop by and take a look at my blog. www.pandoras-craftbox.com

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  14. Wow what a great idea. Now it has me thinking. Looks beautiful

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  15. Loren, I checked out your blog, and left a comment. I'm a follower of yours, too:)

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  16. Twigs and Twirls, thank you for the nice comment:) Isn't it fun knowing you can do this stuff yourself?

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  17. I love this project! I have been looking at drum shades and they can get expensive. I've been wanting to turn a drum shade into a chandelier...hmmm...you've got the wheels spinning now!

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    1. Thanks,Whitney! I really appreciate you taking the time to comment. I am hoping to get the other one up. It's completely a different shape. You may want to come back and see it!

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  18. Very nice drum shade tut! Spotted you at Beyond The Picket Fence linky party today :)

    Thanks for sharing :)
    Smiles, Suzanne in NW Illinois at WHYCUZICAN

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  19. Great job!! I've got a drum shade project planned and this tutorial is helpful!

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    1. Brooke,
      If you get it done, I would love to see it:)

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  20. wow, that is SA-WEET. Thanks for sharing this - gotta remember it!!!!

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