Decorating a Drum Lamp Shade

Mickey | Home Furnishings | Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

When looking for a drum lamp shade, you can always consider buying a plain one and then decorating it yourself. This is also a great way to save some money in the process by doing the embellishing yourself rather than buying one that is already a finished product. In addition, this is a great way to express your creativity and have some fun at the same time.

One of the best ways to decorate a drum shade is to add a simple trim at the bottom of the shade and sometimes at the top. Just be sure that you pick a trim that is in a complementary color of the shade and the room itself. These trims can be anything from ribbons of various widths to fringing and even beading. In the correct decor, you could even go a little wilder by using feathers as a trim. These items can usually be found in fabric stores or upholstery stores. All it takes is a little glue and a good eye to keep it in line.

You may also choose to cover the lamp shade in paper. You can do this by marking the shape of the shade on the paper and allowing for a little overlap in order to glue it down. Then just turn the seam toward the back so it can’t be seen once you put the shade on the base of the lamp.

If you really trust yourself with a pencil or a pen, then you might want to try stenciling a design on the lamp shade. You can stencil a design all over the shade or just put a border at the top and the bottom. One idea is to use a contrasting color against the shade or even use a metallic paint it you have a metallic base and a modern decor in your home.

Decorating you own drum lamp shade is a great way to not only save money, but have an interesting piece to call your own in your home. Who knows, your friends and family may see your handy work and decide to have you do some designing for them as well.

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