Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Guest Post: DIY Wood Shim Drum Shade

Hi Everyone. Today I'm happy to welcome Amy from Amy Krist as a full-time guest blogger here on Home Coming. I was such a fan of her Modern Boys Bedroom Makeover, that I just had to invite her onto the team. Everyone give Amy a big, warm welcome with her first second of many contributor posts!

Amy Krist Guest Blogger

Hey guys! I'm so excited to be back and share with you my latest DIY project!

This one was born about two weeks ago when I realized just how much I dislike the harsh light from our energy-efficient bulbs in our recessed lighting! I wish I could switch them out for the traditional ones, but that would cost a fortune. So I decided to start "covering" a few and am enjoying all the creative and crazy possibilities. And thus, the DIY Wood Shim Drum Shade was born!

How to build a Wood Shim Drum Shade

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Isn't she pretty? It's crazy simple too.


  • 2 - 18" MDF floral wreath forms [I found mine at Michael's]
  • 2 - packages of 12" wood shims
  • Glue gun+plenty of glue sticks
  • Miter box or
  • Jute rope
  • White fabric
  • Stain [I used walnut]
STEP ONE: To start, you'll want determine how long you want your shade to be. I thought 11" was pretty substantial so I cut about 50 wood shims down to 11". Be sure to saw off the paper thin ends of the shims as they are too delicate for this project.

STEP TWO: Next, prep your work surface with old cardboard or craft paper. Fire up the glue gun!

STEP THREE: Lay one wreath form on your work surface and place a nice blob of hot glue on one end of a shim.

STEP FOUR: Attach the shim to the outside of the wreath form making sure it's level. Now grab your other wreath form. Add a line of hot glue to the other end of your placed wood shim and attach it to the other wreath form. The first couple of wood shims are the trickiest. Doing these first shims with a partner is a great idea. 

STEP FIVE: To add some stability to this, glue the next wood shim directly across from this first one. Now simply keep repeating.

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STEP SIX+SEVEN: I stained my shade a deep walnut that has a polyurethane mixed in. I love saving a step or two! To cover up the raw edge I glued some jute rope around the bottom.

drum shade from wood shims and wreath form

STEP EIGHT: To make the inside pretty I hot glued some white fabric stretching from the inner top lip to the bottom lip. I glued the top lip first, flipped the shade over then glued the bottom lip second. Trim off the excess...and YOU'RE DONE!!!

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My husband screwed this into the ceiling around our recessed light in the downstairs bathroom. Since the wreath form has pre drilled holes on it this was an easy step.

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I know this project might sound a bit time consuming, but it actually took me an afternoon to make! The longest part was waiting for the stain to dry.

Thank you again Kayla for letting me swing by and share my latest DIY!
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  1. So pretty! What a cool way to make a room pop.

    1. Thanks so much Ashley! It's so inexpensive too! Hugs, Amy

  2. That is an absolutely fabulous idea and it looks like a million bucks! Love how the shims took the stain. Jane

    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you. It's so inexpensive too! :-) Hugs, Amy

  3. Amy is one of my favorite new-to-me bloggers. Glad to see her here!

  4. This is so gorgeous and creative. I love wood shim craft ideas!

    1. Thank you Heather! So do I. ;) Hugs, Amy

  5. Amy, i love the addition to the decor! Recessed lights can be an eyesore, especially if the bulbs aren't spot on for what you need. Try changing some of your recessed trims out for specular trims. They will work with the light and reduce glare. The bulbs can also be positioned a little higher into the can (or you can use a smaller BR bulb) to make them disappear to the eye. But from a designer point of view, this is great! Thanks!!!

    1. Sherra, Thanks soooo much!! Great tips and ideas. Hugs, Amy

  6. How cool! I am getting some ideas for my porch! I think this would look great! Thank you so much for sharing it on Worthwhile Wednesdays!
    ~Allie @ http://thecraftiestallie.blogspot.com

    1. Allie, thank you so much for the sweet comment. Hugs, Amy

  7. What a cool idea to add a shade to a recessed light! Love the look of this! Thanks for linking up to The Makers. :)

    1. Thanks Alexis!! I'm so glad you like it as much as I do. :-) Hugs, Amy

  8. I love this, Amy! How creative!
    I'm visiting from All Things Pretty Link Party. I would be so honored if you would share this at Brag About It Link Party on VMG206.
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  9. What a cool project!!! Love the texture the shims and rope bring!

  10. Congratulations...this post was featured on Create It Thursday #42! Thanks for sharing such a great idea with us last week!