I have been swooning over these two light fixtures from Poshtots for months however, the price tags were equal to the budget for Jude’s entire room. We saved a lot of money by using a 5 dollar night stand, Customizing our Own Wall Stencil and turning Jude’s crib into an Upholstered Headboard . Even still I couldn’t justify splurging on these beauties.
What’s a girl to do when she falls in love with something so eloquent but, yet out of reach? There’s only one thing to do, Knock it off! So let’s get this DIY started.
I first found the tutorial, DIY Drum Shade Pendant Light by Jackie at Teal and Lime. She made an awesome drum shade for under $75 dollars, but what if I were to tell you that I made mine for almost half that. Yep, thanks to an item being out of stock and the information Jackie provided, I was able to save even more money. I’ll explain.
Jackie suggests to buy a Portfolio Pendant Light Kit from Lowes Hardware. However, they no longer were carrying this at my store. This ended up being a good thing for a few reasons. First, the mini pendant light I bought was less expensive, in the store it was about $15.oo. Secondly, I did not need to buy any additional nipples. Lastly, the Portfolio Mini Pendant can use up to a 100 watt bulb were the Pendant Light Kit can only use a 60 watt. Remember what Jackie says when looking for a pendant light to convert to a drum light, “All pendant light kits are not created equal.” What she is saying is that you have to be able to disassemble the kit in order to add the shade and coupling.
The three items you need to purchase in order to make a DIY Drum Shade Pendant are a Portfolio Mini Pendant as pictured above, Portfolio couplings, and a Drum shade. I found mine at TJMax for $15.00.
I am going to try to keep this as simple as possible, because it truly is very easy.
- Slide #2 down the cord of #1 and screw onto the top of #1
- Take #3 (which is a nipple that you can find in your fixture box) and slide it down the cord and screw it into # 2
- Set part #6 to the side for now
Slide the drum shade down the cord of part #1.
- 1. Pendant light socket
- 2. Coupling (purchased separately)
- 3. Nipple (found in box, you will not be able to see it as you can’t now)
- 4. Drum Shade (look out for a great deal)
- 5. Ceiling Cover mount cover ( I totally made up that name, but you get it)
- 6. extension rod (thread one or more to get length as desired)
- Lastly, follow the installation instructions included with fixture on how to install the light safely
And here it is. I added some details and a screen to the bottom. It’s completely up to you if you want to leave it plain or decorate it. Jackie from Teal and Lime did a great job with hers and added some geometric designs to her shade with this tutorial.
Let me know if you have any questions! Good luck!!!