Making of a Drum Barrel Shade

How to make a drum shade for the IKEA Final Lamp.

I wish it was as easy as picking up an existing drum shade and replacing the fabric, but take a look at the top white section of the lamp. The entire light kit is housed in there and it doesn’t leave room for a traditional lamp shade. After much trial and error-including taping paper to the existing shade, adding skewers to elevate fabric attached to the hoop, I finally got a more permanent way to “attach” the shades.


  • Wooden Embroidery Hoop
  • Enough fabric or heavy-duty paper to go around the hoop. I used three 12×12 sheets of textured scrapbook paper.
  • Glue Gun
  • Floral Wire

1. Take the floral wire and cut two pieces that are about 1.5 times the length of the diameter of the hoop.

2. Wrap the ends of the wire around the hoop and form an X.

3. Glue the paper to the hoop, take care to make sure the edges are aligned. You could add ribbon to the top and bottom if you wanted more trim. If you’re using fabric, you should probably wrap the fabric over the hoop a little bit and then glue it.

4. Glue the seams of the paper. If you’re using fabric, you should sew the seam. It works better with fabric since you’ll only have one seam-unlike the three seams I had.

5. Place the shade on top of the lamp. You’re done!

I plan on making another drum shade for the light in the ceiling. I’ll probably use the reject brown fabric that I love but it didn’t make it on the lamp shades.


November 15, 2009. Tags: , . DIY, Home Decor.

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