Make your own barrel lamp shade using some simple materials picked up at craft and hardware stores.
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## Step 1: Getting Started

I was looking for a way to cover an ugly light fixture instead of changing the it since I didn't want to spend that kind of money or deal with the electrical work. Because I couldn't find one I liked, I created my own. Please note that I'm just using this as a cover. If you would like to actually integrate a light and hang it as a fixture I'm sure it's possible, but you'll have to figure out the additional steps.

The items I used are:

2 23'" quilting hoops
12"x18" heavy duty template plastic (also found in the quilting section of the craft store)
Ribbon
scotch tape

Mounting
3 1-1/4" mug hooks
3 picture hangers
6 1-1/2" S-hooks

Tips: The plastic can get static and pick up a lot of dust. I wiped mine down with a dryer sheet in the beginning and at the end to cut back on it.

You will need to calculate how many plastic sheets you need by figuring out the circumference of your shade. The formula for this is circumference = pi x diameter. In my case C = 3.1415 X 23". My circumference is about 72.25". I used 18" sheets so 72.25"/18" = 4.01. I needed at least 5 sheets to have enough to go all the way around.

You could pretty much use any kind of material for the sides of the shade, but I think something with some rigidity will hold up better.

No matter what material you use, be sure not to place it to close to the bulb for safety purposes.

I made one of these recently. I had seen other examples online, but I hadn't seen yours. I started out with the same exact hideous light fixture though. I made an instructable on how I made mine and how I modified the fixture. Check it out. http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-drum-shade/

rolltidehank1 year ago
Awesome project!
pellykate11112 years ago
I made this to fit my floor lamp! I did that by sticking one of the outside hoops longways into the shade and seeing where the sides would touch the inside of the shade while the top of the arc came to just the right height. The adjuster hardware was directly at the bottom and centered. I marked the hoop with pencil on one side where it touched, then measured the distance from the open part of the hoop to the line. Then made another mark on the opposite side of the hoop that matched that measurement. Then I sawed both sides on those lines. Then measured the whole arc that was left, marked it directly in the center and drilled a very large hole there (which split the wood, btw, but not bad enough to ruin it, so be careful). Then I found a washer that matched the size of the hole and hot glued it atop the hole. Then I fitted the arc to where I wanted it to be, marked one side of the lamp shade inside, measured and matched the other side. then I hot glued the arc to the inside of the shade, let it cool, and fixed it to the lamp's harp. Voila. I did not use ribbon. I also did not, obviously, leave the outside hoops on. Just used the bottom one while I stretched the fabric over the top inside one, folded over and hot glued the edges to it inside. Close pins are very helpful for this. Hope that was helpful and not confusing.
olulpana4 years ago
I liked the ribbon, I would add it back over the diffusing styrene. It added a bit of retro elegance.
Awesome writeup. I am totally going to make one sometime soon. ill post pics when I'm done.
mpower19525 years ago
I've been wanting to make a drum lampshade but I'm all thumbs.
Using the hoops is a great idea. I like how you hung it also. Thanks.
zeppozeppozep5 years ago
This is a brilliant idea - I think I will make one for my downstairs and cover the plastic with a light fabric and see if that works - thank you so much!
Shut Up Now5 years ago
resourceful and effective. great job.
Kaiven5 years ago
Very cool!
Big G5 years ago
Very nice! I work in a lighting store, so this is pretty cool to see! It would be interesting to hot glue 3 or 4 small L brackets to the bottom where the ribbon is now, cut a circle out of frosted plexiglas, and rest it on the brackets. That way, you would have a diffuser of sorts on the bottom, and you would not be able to see the bare lightbulbs if you happen to be underneath the fixture. Just a random thought of mine. :P Overall, a great Instructable!
oldluckyduck (author)  Big G5 years ago
Thanks. I agree about putting something in the bottom. I plan on doing just that when I get a chance to go pick up more supplies.
Da_Fudge5 years ago
Cool!