Ceiling Mounted Drum Shade Light {DIY}

March 23, 2013 - update. So sorry, but the wax paper cover on my light did not work out! ): When the light was on for long periods of time, it would warm up the wax paper and it would sag and fall out. So, I just took it off. Fortunately for us, we don't walk around with our heads tilted back so, we don't even notice that it's gone. We think the shade is still lovely without it.

You might remember the drum shade that I found awhile back at Goodwill? For just $4.00!
Well, it's now a ceiling mounted drum shade in my son's room.  Probably the cheapest one in North America.
I needed something to replace the old boob light.
So, I decided I'd see if the shade would fit onto the existing ceiling mount for the boob light.It did fit! And, I was even able to use the same screw thingie that kept the boob light attached.
To spruce it up a little bit and give it some texture, I used some spray adhesive and covered it in some white burlap. I cut off the fringe on top, but it would be a nice rustic look, if you wanted to leave it on.
Next, I hot glued some neutral grosgrain ribbon around the top and bottom of the shade to give it a nice finished look.
To make the cover, I layered wax paper and ironed it.

Once it cooled off, I used the shade to trace around the inside.
After I found the center of the shade. I screwed on this little acorn thingie that I had gotten at Hobby Lobby and stained a dark brown.
To keep it really secure, I put a washer on the back of the shade.
Actually, my first attempt at attaching the little acorn thingie was with hot glue, but it ripped off part of the wax paper when I was putting it up.
I thought I could use brackets that I had spray painted white to keep the cover attached, so I hot glued three of them to the inside bottom of the shade.
But, it didn't work out and the cover was sagging and the brackets were very obvious.
So, back to the drawing board! I made another wax paper cover, this time, I traced around the outside of the shade to make it bigger and since there is a little lip thingie on the bottom inside of the shade, it fit in there quite nicely.

I love this light!
What about you? Have you DIY'd any light fixtures? I'd love to hear about it.


  1. This is a great solution to those old boob lights! I have 3 of them in my house that I want to replace. I will be on the look out for drum shades now! Thank you for sharing how you got it done. I would have never thought of the wax paper. Great idea!

    1. Thanks Danylle! Unfortunately, the wax paper cover didn't work out because it got hot when the light was on and would bend and fall out. We still like it without it though. I appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment. :)


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