How to make a pleated drum shade

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  • Follow Style at Home's step-by-step guide to making your own pleated drum shade

    Looking for living room decorating ideas? Pendant lights can present a styling dilemma if you want something between a paper shade and a chandelier. While drum shades are a suits-any-room solution, they’re often pricey. That’s why this DIY shade (which also works on a table lamp) is ideal. Once it’s made, hang it low over a table or up high as a focal point.

    10 minutes


    What you’ll need
    * 30cm Drum lampshade kit in Brick Red, £9.99, Needcraft

    Give your shade a boudoir glam look by threading narrow ribbon through the holes and tying it in a bow to finish.

    Step-by-step guide

    1) Unpack the kit on a flat surface – you’ll have 
a pleated
    sleeve, two rings (one with a fitting in the centre) and a white
    circular diffuser. Insert both your hands into the sleeve and open it
    out, so the red side faces outwards. With the sleeve open, insert the
    plain ring into the pre-cut slots at the top end, turning the shade
    until the ring is secured.

    2) Turn over the shade.
    Use the pre-cut slots 
at the other end of 
the shade to insert the
    second ring (with the central lightbulb fitting), so the fitting is
    closest to the bottom of the shade.

    3) Once the second ring 
is secure, turn over the shade again. Place the diffuser above the plain ring and secure it by pushing it into the slots you used in step 1.

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