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[made from wood shims]
I am on a mission to cover up at least one third of our 1,295 recessed lights around the house! One of those lights I covered with this easy, high-impact drum shade made from wood shims and a floral wreath form.

Posted by Amy_Krist from C. A. Rosetti, Buzău County, Romania • Published See Amy_Krist's 7 projects »
  • Step 1

    To start, you'll want determine how long you want your shade to be. I thought 11" was pretty substantial so I cut about 50 wood shims down to 11". Be sure to saw off the paper thin ends of the shims as they are too delicate for this project.

  • Step 2

    Next, prep your work surface with old cardboard or craft paper. Fire up the glue gun!

  • Step 3

    Lay one wreath form on your work surface and place a nice blob of hot glue on one end of a shim.

  • Step 4

    Attach the shim to the outside of the wreath form making sure it's level. Now grab your other wreath form. Add a line of hot glue to the other end of your placed wood shim and attach it to the other wreath form. The first couple of wood shims are the trickiest. Doing these first shims with a partner is a great idea.

  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Diy Drum Shade  - Step 5
    Step 5

    To add some stability to this, glue the next wood shim directly across from this first one. Now simply keep repeating.

  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Diy Drum Shade  - Step 6
    Step 6

    I stained my shade a deep walnut that has a polyurethane mixed in. I love saving a step or two! To cover up the raw edge I glued some jute rope around the bottom.

  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Diy Drum Shade  - Step 7
    Step 7

    To make the inside pretty I hot glued some white fabric stretching from the inner top lip to the bottom lip. I glued the top lip first, flipped the shade over then glued the bottom lip second. Trim off the excess...and...

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