7.01.2010

"I WANT THAT" - Drum Pendant Light Tutorial

Hopefully you have seen Napoleon dynamite and get my title. : )
Lately I have been wanting to continue my living room redo saga, by changing up the lighting in my dining room.
Let’s take a look at my inspiration photo from A Life’s Design:

Besides the fact that I want the entire room (especially the little nook), I really fancied the fun pendant light.
Then, of course, there's younghouselove's dining room.

They have a ton of fun lighting options to peruse in their casa. I would love to just buy their house already decorated. If you haven't checked out their house tour before and afters, head on over there NOW! It makes me want to go buy a fixer upper and get crackin'.

so...I started shopping and was immediately depressed by the prices. We, like most people out there, are not willing to spend $250-350 dollars on one light in our house, especially when the one I have is fine. I also didn't want to have to install a new light, so I wanted to try to use the light fixture we already had in some way...

Okay brain, start thinking of other options.
I ran to Hobby Lobby to see what I could come up with and this is what I decided to try:
  • 2- 23" hoops -5.99 each
  • 3 pieces plexiglass (well, this depends on the size of plexiglass you get) -1.99 each
  • burlap material (I had some of this left over from another project) -It helps to have this material already washed and fabric softened so it's easier to work with. You could also use a linen or patterned material. -burlap is usually $2/ yard
How to make a drum pendant light:

  • I started out by laying the plexiglass pieces next to each other to get my length and taped them together (once on the front, once on the back). --notice my old light fixture in the reflection.
  • Then I measured the width I needed my pendant to be from the top of my old light fixture to the bottom.
  • I taped the line where I was cutting to help the plexiglass not shatter, but the real trick is just taking your time and cutting slowly (I used sharp scissors). It's okay if it splinters a little on the sides, You won't see it at all.

  • Open the bottom ring all the way and insert your taped together/ pre-measured plexiglass in between the hoops. Once it's all even, tighten the bottom hoop (adjusting as you go).
  • Then put your other hoop on the ground, open it and insert the other end of the assembled drum.
  • I then measured the fabric to go around the drum, leaving a little over an inch on both ends so it could be folded over the drum.
  • I used masking tape to temporarily hold my fabric in place. It's a lot of work to tape all of that down before, but I couldn't think of another way to get it perfectly in line before hot gluing it.
  • Then I held it up around the old fixture, just to make sure everything was right before doing anything permanent. Yes, I know it looks hideous still . : )
  • After you tape it down, you can slowly remove one piece of tape at a time, and use your hot glue gun to make a more clean and permanent adhesion. Make sure to keep your material taught the whole time. (see picture).

You can stop here if you want to, but we wanted to cover our old chandelier and bulbs, so that it would look nice even when you are sitting down looking up. If you want to cover that part as well,...
  • Get your piece of muslin (already ironed) and lay it on the floor.
  • Trace the inner circle of the bottom hoop onto it and then cut around it leaving and inch border around the trace.
  • Lay it inside the drum and try to get it perfectly centered.
  • Hot glue the muslin into the bottom of the drum, gluing the border section to the base like this:

It will look like this from the outside:

Then the hubs and I started trying to figure out how to hang it.
No!...think about that ahead of time??...way to easy. ha!!
We ended up using two small boards hung parallel in the center, over the other light fixture. It was really easy and by keeping it open, we can easily take it down, change light bulbs, etc... (Thanks to younghouselove for that insightful tip!)

Tada! This is my $18 dollar pendant light:


Once I get my new bulbs, you won't be able to see those little bright spots of light anymore, so it should look even better.

And hey...if I decide I don't like it, I am only out a few dollars versus hundreds. : )

What do you think? Ugly? Too big for the space? I am still not sure yet. You won't hurt my feelings.

Update:
In response to your requests, I am posting an ugly picture of how we hung the light. This is what I meant by "parallel pieces of wood in the center of the hoops"...fancy huh?? ha! Cut the pieces long enough so that they are almost able to wedge in between the top of the hoop and stay by themselves. Then use a few tiny nails to secure each piece in place (it helps to have 4 hands for this). Then make sure the burlap is covering the nails...finito! This allows plenty of room for the heat to escape and allows you easy access to your light bulbs. As I said before, I am sure there are other ways to secure this and I am even more sure that our "throw it up there" method has some engineers out there really stressed out, but so far it's working well for us.



93 comments:

B said...

I'm gonna be honest...your craftiness makes me a little sick! ha! you rock girl..seriously, AMAZING!!!!

sara @ it's good to be queen said...

oh my word, I LOVE IT!!!! It is NOT too big for the space. It looks amazing and gives a fresh and modern feel to your space. It seriously looks so great! How did you think of the hoops/plexi glass idea? I love, love, love it!

The Keylors said...

B, you are so hilarious!!! I love you!

The Keylors said...

Sara- To be honest, I had no idea how I was going to do it, but I figured I could come up with something if I started looking around...when I saw the hoops I was like, "AHHH! If I put something study between them, I'd have my shape!" I have never even bought plexiglass (or hoops) before this. ha!

Baby Blues and Wrestling Moves said...

wow! looks great! i'm super impressed that you figured out how to do that!

Kendra said...

You are so GOOD girl!!! I LOVE it! How in the world do you know about these things (like the hoops and cutting plexi glass)?? So proud of your work!!

The Keylors said...

I don't "know". I just think it might work, so I try it. Believe me, I have had my fair share of flops. ha! It's fun to just try though. The worst that could happen is that I would be wrong, have and have to try something else.

Jenny said...

I think it looks really nice! :)

Kendra said...

I LOVE it and am super impressed. I also wanted to tell you that I totally cracked up with "I WANT THAT!!" I remember it was a boat (in the movie), right? You are so funny!

You need to come over and blog helping me with your vision for my bookcase!! HeeHee!! Love you girl!!

Jill said...

Gorgeous!! I'd suggest doing something with the looped part of the chain - maybe painting it to match the ceiling/walls - so that the focus is on the light. I do love when people make what they want for a lot cheaper!!

Lydia said...

You crack me up...It would take me a year to do what you do in 1 day. Love it!!
HMMM....wonder why you don't go to sleep until 3 a.m.?? :)

The Rainers said...

Very cute!!! Such a good idea for that space and it looks like it gives off a lot of light! Can't wait to see it in person!!
Love the 4th of July pics also.... y'all had sucha great time!

righteousnessbyfaith said...

I LOVE it! I am so excited about this post because I have literally wanted a drum light in our dining room since we bought our first house! I have shopped them like crazy and they are way too expensive. I let it go after mom k. found us the awesome vintage light, but since we left it when we sold the house and now have the horrible brass ceiling fan in this house, I have been kind of stuck and undecided on what to buy that is within budget. YAY! for your fun tutorial! I am so going to do this! I think it would be great in a white or black canvas material or even a funky pattern too!
thanks for sharing! :)

Mrs. Adventure said...

Stopping by from YHL, I love the shade great job!

ars.arboreous said...

Here via YHL; it hit me over the weekend that I wanted to do exactly this to my kitchen light, but hadn't figured out how to even start. Talk about serendipity! Your shade looks great AND is within my budget and skill range. \o/

Can I ask, what did you do about the parts that stick out on the hoops, that you use to tighten them? Did you leave them? Cut them off at some point?

Nikki said...

What did you do about the closures on the hoops...did you cover them with fabric and just face them where they are viewed the least?
thanks! It looks really great!

Tasha Roe said...

Looks fantastic!
where did you find the plexiglass sheets?

Ally said...

This is totally amazing! Way to be resourceful!!!

kt said...

great work!
i too am wondering about the screw fasteners on the hoops... are they pointed to the back corner where they are less visible?

Katie said...

I was seriously just thinking about how to make a drum shade for over my kitchen chandelier. That is AWESOME!! One question what did you do about the part of the hoops that tightened it. I don't know what to call it but it stuck out quite a bit on the side. What did you do for that?

Jill said...

Your shade is awesome!! I'm so impressed at your craftiness and what a difference it makes in the room!

An unsolicited thought about the room in general: I love the picture ledges, but they look too short for the wall they are on.

Emily said...

This is exactly the solution I've been needing. I'm renting a place, and the brass "candle" chandelier had been bothering me ever since I moved in. Now I know just how to fix it on a renter's budget/non-permanent way. I had the same question as some other readers about the closure.

Green Gal said...

I love it! I have been looking for an inexpensive drum light for our 2-story entry way. It has an ugly brass chandelier with fake candles in it circa 1999 that I can't stand. I have had no luck finding anything remotely affordable that would fit the space. I think I'll try your idea!

mom24jewels said...

Beautiful!! Can you tell me about the blinds in your dining room? They are awesome!!

Melissa said...

wow, that is beautiful!! Very creative! I also like that you can see the lights shining through! =)

Mary said...

Holy cow! This is amazing!! I've been wanting to do something similar for the longest time, but couldn't figure out exactly how I could accomplish it. Thank you so much for providing such a detailed tutorial. I can't wait to hide my ugly light fixture!!! :)

Ashley @ Bride on a Budget said...

That rocks! We have an ugly light fixture over our dining room table and now I don't have to put up with it anymore.

Could you post a picture of exactly how you placed it over your light?

Jennifer Poppy said...

That's a great idea...we may use it in a client's house.

elise said...

Incredibly Brilliant and beautiful! TY for the tutorial.
elise

Gina said...

Fabulous! I love it! What an innovative use of needlepoint hoops! Come check out how I made an earring holder from one just the other day!
http://temporary-nest.blogspot.com/2010/08/diy-project-jewelry-hoop.html

Lisa Lam said...

Im new at this... How did you make the border? It looks amazing and we have an ugly center piece light that I would like to transform.

Christie said...

Can you please explain how you hung the shade over the pendant ? Where are the little pieces of wood you mentioned ? I'm so glad I saw this post!

hi-d said...

I saw your post on YHL's blog. This is so amazing and so clever. Looks great!

Amber said...

Hopping over from YHL. That is AWESOME!

casey at loft and cottage said...

Loved this on YHL today. Seriously clever diy and a so so stylish looking finished product!

The Keylors said...

Thanks so much!!!

To answer your questions:
The closure...I decided to leave mine b/c you truly couldn't see it from anywhere people would be walking or sitting, but my original idea was to use a heavy duty glue in between the pieces, twist it tight, let it dry completely, and then remove the closure pieces. If we ever move, that's probably what I will do. It just depends on the area you are going to hang it. I covered mine with fabric and it truly doesn't look bad. I thought it would stick out really badly, but I don't mind it at all.

How I hung it:
There are probably much more clever ways of doing this, but we decided to do it this way so that we could still axcess the bulbs easily to change them out and so they would have plenty of ventilation for the heat.

Here's what we did:
1. Take off the bulbs so it will fit more easily
2. slide the drum over the lighting fixture.
3.attach two pieces of wood in a parallel position (one on each side of the hanging chain).

The Keylors said...

Oh, and I got the plexi glass at Hobby Lobby (a local craft store). They have it in several different sizes.

Erin said...

LOVE!!!!

jolene said...

This is great! I found some 23" quilt hoops on the Hancock Fabrics website with a much less obvious closure part:

http://www.hancockfabrics.com/Wood-Quilt-Hoop-23---3-4--Depth-Front-Page_stcVVproductId47578149VVcatId537258VVviewprod.htm

I live in a rental right now and I have the WORLDS UGLIEST fake brass ceiling fan light fixtures. Can't wait to make these!!!

Erin said...

I don't think it's too big, I think it looks great! I love that you covered the bottom, I was wondering about that.

Saw you on YHL, congrats :-D

www.creekbedthreads.com

diane@onlinefabricstore said...

that light is perfect and really updates the space. Now all you need is to recover those chairs in an eye popping pattern. I would choose something multicolored with some yellow found in the living room rug. check out our site for really affordable designer fabrics. You are very talented...want to come live at my house?

Erin J said...

I love the shade. Found your blog through YHL and I want to read more!

MED said...

I absolutely LOVED this idea. So much so that I went to 2 Hobby Lobbys last night to get the materials. Everyone wanted to know what I was doing with two 23" hoops and plexiglass. I showed two people the picture and they loved it...That's how much I liked this idea, I was showing strangers in a store. I'm having a hard time deciding on the fabric, but I'll be finish by the weekend. Thanks for your creativity and generosity!!

Tarren and Erin said...

Hi, I found your blog through YHL. I read about this shade yesterday and purchased the supplies to make it today. I am pretty excited about this. Great tutorial!

Sage Dragon said...

LOVE IT!!! I have the same fixture in my dining room, and have been trying to figure out how I'm going to save the money to buy a cool retro fixture and pay the electrician for rewiring. You just saved me 100's. I'm grateful, & I love your blog. Go!

Annie said...

OOOOOO! I am SO doing this this weekend! I was trying to make up for a less than stellar builder light fixture in our family room by doing something I was too sure of. But THIS is what I wanted all along... YOU ROCK!

The Keylors said...

Yea!!! I am so glad so many of you are going to do this! Have fun creating. : )

Sara D said...

I literally just commented on another blog less than 5 minutes ago explaining that EXACT Napoleon Dynamite quote!!!

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

OMG, you are a genius! This is a brilliant idea. I know that we'll be seeing this idea all over the blogosphere.

Brie said...

How did you hide the clamps? I looove this idea..I had tried spray painting our lighting fixture ( brass) in a "stainless steel spray" and although it looks slightly better, it is still hideous. This looks like just the fix!

pinkspeechpath said...

Can you please, please, please show us a picture of the inside of the drum shade with the two pieces of wood and the two fasteners you covered with fabric. I have all the materials, I just want to see exactly how you tackled these two challenges before I take on this project. Thank you so much!!! I just LOVE the way your drum shade looks!

kvv said...

I really love this project, too! I've long admired YHL and their style, but like you, I'm too cheap to spend that much on a lamp. Now that I've seen your super cool idea, I'm going to try it.

One question: How did you hide the clamps on the hoops? Or do they just not show in the pictures?

Dee said...

you are a genius. I'm totally copying you! Love,love,love it!

Julie Hoogewerff said...

It looks gorgeous and I'm going to tackle it I think! Can you describe better how you attached it to your old fixture? Do you have any close-ups of that area?

Thanks :)
Julie

Mrs Lemon said...

I'm curious, did you consider covering the plexiglass with the burlap first, and then putting the whole covered thing inside the hoops? I might do that and then just paint the wood hoops.

Very nice!

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

Congratulations on a wonderful project. Like so many others, I've been experimenting with the same type of lamp shade. I understand it all now EXCEPT the two parallel boards. I know you have explained it, but it is still going over my head. If you decide to update your post and show us a pictures, could you please post a comment to that effect as I have now subscribed to these comments, as well as to your blog -- I'm your newest follower and I invite you to do likewise!

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

...and again congrats on a "winning" post!

The Keylors said...

Okay ladies-
I FINALLY posted a picture of the method I used to hang the pendant light. I am so sorry it took me so long! I have barely had time to check my e-mail lately. I hope you all have great success! Send me a picture when you finish. : )

Happy light fixture disguising!
Ashley Keylor

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

Thank you so much for that update. I think that any engineers who are reading this post will be impressed by your ingenuity! A really great job!

The DIY Show Off said...

I think it's awesome! Honestly, I was holding hoops up to my light just the other day but they weren't big enough so idea forgotten and I walked away. I must have been channeling your creativity. However, our light is just way too huge to cover that way but yours is gorgeous. I.love.it! Great job!

Roeshel

Trish @TheOldPostRoad said...

I WILL be trying this! Thanks!

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

You know I've been impressed and intrigued with this project. I wanted to let you know that I have included it in my August bookmark post on my blog. thank you for the inspiration, my friend.

pk @ Room Remix said...

I'm a huge fan of updating chandeliers with drum shades and I love that you thought to make it with hoops! It turned out amazing! I'm going to include it in my DIY post tomorrow, if that's okay.

Tasha Roe said...

Thanks so much for the inspiration!!
http://5isthemagicnumber.blogspot.com/2010/10/diy-drum-lamp-shade-tutorial.html

aromatherapy said...

This is fabulous!!! I have been looking for a way to cover the chandelier in my rental apt. I have 1 question regarding the tape on the plexiglass. What type of tape did you use? I don't want it to show through the fabric. I will not be using anything as heavy as yours.

The Keylors said...

I just used clear packing tape. : )

Jennifer Perkins - Naughty Secretary Club said...

Super duper clever! I did a round up of crafty embroidery ideas that have nothing to do with embroidery and included your rad light.

http://naughtysecretaryclub.blogspot.com/2011/03/10-crafty-embroidery-ideas-that-have.html

Thanks for the inspiration.

Sharon said...

I love it! I am making one that will hang somewhat flush with the ceiling for my new apartment! Total awesome crafty brain you have there!

tmearly said...

I wanted to know if you got rid of the part of the hoops that tighten it or if you just covered it with fabric?

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

Genius! I HAVE to do this!

Celia said...

This is great! My husband and I just moved into an apartment that has an ugly 80s style light in the kitchen. We discovered we can remove the glass plates hanging around the light, so now I want to find a drum shade to put there instead. It also has gold fixtures, which, unfortunately, will have to stay.
Also, is plexiglass sold in sheets or do you have to get it cut? I've never noticed it sold anywhere...

Raechel said...

I just found you by hunting for a good tutorial on this - thanks so much for figuring it out for us - this will be great! Yay!

Blablamoi said...

I came across your blog trying to find an inexpensive way to do this and wow! I'll definitely try it! I really would like to do a rectangular pendant light... any suggestions on how to create that?

Thanks!

sion said...

LOVE this idea!! I'm currently on a tea break from decorating my living and was looking for inspiration for the light.

I have one question though, did you leave the outer ring on and if so how did you cover the screw bits?

Thank you so much for the great tutorial!

Becca said...

I looked all over the net and found several tutorials for this project, but thought yours was fantastic. And you results are lovely! I mentioned your great tutorial in my version of this project today.
Here's the link, if you're interested.
http://gardenberger.blogspot.com/2011/10/diy-drum-shade.html

Thank you for the awesome project inspiration!
Becca

Jenna said...

Seriously... this post just made my entire weekend. THANK YOU! I want to update our ugly dining room light, and there is no way I'm paying hundreds for a new fixture or even $75 for a gigantic shade. I'm totally going to make my own. You're amazing!!!

Sherika Lovett Alston said...

What an awesome makeover! I have tried everything to hide our ugly light hanging over our dining room table....nothing worked! Thank you so much for ur inspiration! Your newest fan!

JG said...

You could probably make it a little easier/neater by glueing the muslin to the inside ring, with the raw edges on the outside, before inserting the plexiglas!

Sarah said...

stopping by from YHL. Great idea! I've been looking for an inexpensive way to do this myself! Thanks!

Sharon said...

GREAT JOB! One question is the lighting still bright enough for tasks?
I do work at my dining room table sometimes and am wondering if the light is too diffuse and soft with the beautiful shade you made.

Again, wonderful job!

The Keylors said...

It's still plenty bright for us. You could make it even brighter by using brighter bulbs or by using a thinner material on the bottom than I did.

Kathysue said...

Great job and good for you for finding a way that was within your budget! Kudos to YOU,
kathysue

mejia09 said...

I love it you had a great idea! I have been wanting to change up my lights for sometime I should take a picture and ask you what you think I should do, I do not have a hanging light like that and have been thinking about it now for over a year and well I only have a year left in this house but want to personalize it and make it mine...I love your drum light I think other fabrics would look awesome took! You have great ideas....:)
Email me at sxymma06@yahoo.com
Thanks Hannah

Paula said...

Hello!

I really REALLY have been wanting to try making my own drum shade for my bedroom, but am curious as to what you did with the big chunky tighteners on the sides of the hoops. Did you remove them or cover them somehow? I think Im missing an important piece of the puzzle... Please help!

Thanks!
Paula (doucetp@live.ca)

Deep South Pout said...

Love love love this tutorial! Thank you so much! I have a boutique and I am needing two HUGE drum shades! Seriously, I am not spending $900 each (that was what I was quoted) Total life saver! I'll post a pic when I am finished! Wish me luck! ;)

Add me to your blog! cole@deepsouthpout.com

Glo said...

You ROCK! I made mine tonight, after finding your tutorial months ago, and purchasing the supplies over a week ago. I may need to tweak some more (I can really see the original fixture with my light on), but I am loving the look of this in my family room! Thanks!! I'll link to your blog when I post pics on mine.

Sarah said...

I LOVE this!! I bought one from Pottery Barn for $200 and yours looks just as good!! Great job! -Sarah

Lori said...

Okay, so how much do I owe you for this?...You just saved me hundreds girl!!! Seriously, I have 3 lights in my hallway that have to be replaced and I wanted a smaller version of this, but could not afford it...This I can afford. Thanks so much, and I am new follower so I don't miss any of your great ideas. I would love if you stop by and follow back so we can stay connected. See ya, Lori

Jane said...

Hey guys, I featured your Diy drum shade pendant on Finding Fabulous yesterday! Yup, it's fabulous ;)

Jane
FF

cflores321 said...

What about the screw on the outside? Do you just leave it showing?

Nicole Roland said...

Where did you find 23" hoops for 5.99?!

Joanna said...

Thank you for sharing! I have been trying to figure out what to do with my own awful shiny brass 90's monstrosity since I can't afford to rip it out and buy something pretty and new. This is an awesome solution!

DeborahB said...

What an awesome idea! I have a hid-e-ous black chandelier thing in my foyer hallway, it used to have crystals dangling from it. I've tried spray painting it black, and it looks marginally better, but your idea would be perfect. I'll get black muslin cloth. Thanks for the tutorial!