Dress Up a Drum Shade with Watercolor Fabric

Decoupage makes custom lighting easy and inexpensive. See how we turned a plain white drum shade into gorgeous watercolor floral decor.

Project Overview
  • Working Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Skill Level: Kid-friendly

Finding the perfect lighting fixture for a room can be tough. Take matters into your own hands by crafting one yourself! Use spare fabric from curtains or find a design you love to spruce up a plain white drum shade. This easy DIY project is fun to make and even better for your wallet. Get started this weekend with our step-by-step instructions.

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • 1 Scissors
  • 1 Foam brush
  • 1 Small bowl


  • 1 Large pendant drum shade
  • 1 Pendant light kit
  • 1 1 to 1-1/2 yards fabric
  • 1 Decoupage medium
  • 1 Bias tape
  • 1 Fabric Glue


  1. Prepare the Drum

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    Jay Wilde

    Use scissors to cut designs from fabric, and lay them out on the drum to determine placement. It's best to find fabric with a background the same color as your shade so water color designs like this blend in nicely.

    Note: We used Fall Flower Watercolor Bouquet by craftberrybush and Portadown Watercolor Floral by angiemakes, both printed by Spoonflower.

  2. Adhere Fabric

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    Jay Wilde

    Once you have your placement set, dip foam brush into bowl with decoupage medium and apply to back of fabric. Flip fabric on the drum shade, and then lightly coat with another layer of decoupage medium. Use a flat decoupage medium (avoid one with a sheen). Repeat until drum shade is covered with desired amount of fabric. Let dry.

  3. Add Bias Tape

    DIY lampshade, lampshade, floral
    Jay Wilde

    Use fabric glue to adhere bias tape to top and bottom of drum shade. First dab glue onto tape, then use your finger to spread glue across fabric. Press and hold firmly on drum shade, folding over the edges. Move slowly as you work around the drum, taking time to press the bias tape to the edges.

  4. Hang Shade

    Once the glue has dried, you're ready to hang the drum shade. Thread the pendant light kit through the middle of the shade, according to package instructions. Screw in a lightbulb, and admire your hard work!

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