DIY Drum Shade Pendant Light

Hi Friends, happy Friday! I’m leaving you with a fun DIY project for the weekend. I had the opportunity to participate in a Blogger Challenge sponsored by and Hometalk. 25 bloggers were asked to choose between three different products and then give them a DIY makeover that fit the theme of geometric, black & white or using rope. You can view all of the projects here.

I chose to turn a basic drum shade into a DIY Drum Shade Pendant Light for Miss E’s big girl room! I am just getting started on the room, it is going to be light pink, with black and cream accents. A mixture of shabby chic and a Parisian feel.  You can find my inspiration photo for the room here.

Pedant Light From Drum Shade Light by Design, Dining + Diapers

I wish I could show you the light in the room, but you’ll just have to wait until the big reveal! It’s going to look perfect with everything else going on in there. I’m so excited.


I used black ribbon to create the stripes and then added a trim of David Tutera Crystal beads for a more feminine look.

Before and After Drum Shade

Here is what the shade looked like before and here is what it looks like now.

Supplies: Drum Shade

– 2″ Black Ribbon

– Hot Glue

– David Tutera Crystal Beads

– Needle and Thread

– Pendant Light Kit

– Wire Cutters


* note: I originally started to spray paint the stripes on but the paint bled through the tape and I had some ‘make it work’ moments. I ended up painting over lighter colored stripes and then in the end added the ribbon for a cleaner look.

I created the trim by using David Tutera Crystal beads, 2″ ribbon and a needle and thread. I first measured 1/2″ marks using chalk and got my needle and thread ready. Then I attached the crystals and hot glued the ribbon to the bottom of the shade.


To turn the lamp shade into a pendant light, start by cutting the middle piece out of the wire using wire cutters or box cutters. You’ll want to make the hole big enough for the piece of the pendant. I purchased a basic black pendant light at Lowes and then put the piece

through the center and screwed it together so the wires were secure. Then you will put in a the light bulb and hang it like you would any other pendant light.

Pedant Light From Drum Shade by Design, Dining + Diapers


This was a fun challenge and I’m so glad I got to participate. AND the winner receives an editorial feature on!

Linking to some of the parties here along with Today’s Creative BlogTipJunkieHome Stories A 2 Z, Funky Junk Interiors, The Shabby NestMy Repurposed LifeThe Shabby Creek CottageThrifty Decor Chick


Taryn is the owner/editor of Design, Dining and Diapers, a lifestyle blog that focuses on DIY home decor, design, seasonal crafts, easy recipes and just being a mom! She is all about making things for less by upcycling thrift store finds and using what’s on hand. Taryn lives in the greater Seattle area with her husband, 3 year old daughter and 1 year old son.

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  1. JaneEllen says

    Is there anything you can’ t do or make beautifully? Every time I see one of your posts I can hardly wait to see what you’ve made. Love that lamp shade, colors, the ribbon, beads, you name it. Your tutorial is so good I’m gonna try it. Just have to decide where but I’m gonna try it very soon. If your little sweetie doesn’t like it I’d be real happy to borrow it for about 20 yrs. (that’s assuming of course i live that long, lol) Happy Weekend

  2. says

    So cute!! I’m excited to see more of your little girls big girl room!!!! (I’ve been planning my daughters since she was born, 17months ago, lol).


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