Yep, I made this…

Ok, I’m pretty proud and amazed this actually worked without any on-the-fly engineering.

Ballard Designs


I’m sure you have seen plenty of these drum shade chandeliers around, like this one from Ballard Designs for $229. (Really??)

I bet you didn’t think I could make one for about $5, did ya? 

Did ya?

Well, as I was strolling through Target the other night I happened on these babies.

Yeah, the teal ribbon trim on them wasn’t right, but for $4.98 each I snagged up three of them real quick like, knowing I could make them my own.

Then, I thought about the left over parts from my lantern project and a light bulb went off.  Drum shade chandelier! 

So, I played with the parts first to make sure it would work, then got out the spray paint and painted the parts white.

I ripped off that teal ribbon on the shade and wrapped some jute around the top and bottom and hot-glued it on.

Then assembled the light.  I lucked out that the shade just sits perfectly in between the light sockets.  I didn’t even have to glue it or anything. 

Then, I wired it in (ladies, don’t be scared of this…it really is simple).  Love it.

Here’s what you see looking up at it.

It fits perfectly in my bedroom.

Oh, I used the other two shades, fixed with the same trim, in the living room replacing these yucky fake leather shades.

Much better.

Yep, three new lights for under $15.  Score.

Linking to these and other parties listed on my Linky Parties Tab.

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11 thoughts on “Yep, I made this…

  1. Oh these are fantastic…I have been doing a kitchen remodel..set my budget at 1,000.00. It is down to the wire, am over by 60.00, but still need a new light over the table and some chairs..Thank you thank you thank you !! Still scouring the classified for chairs…Haha

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