Here’s an Ikea hack, creating a drum shade pendant from inexpensive lamp shades found at Ikea. You’d be surprised how hard it is to find drum shades that are perfect cylinders and not tapered at one end. So the Ikea shades are a great find, and super cheap.
2 Ikea Lobbo Shades, 6″ diameter = $6
1 Ikea Lobbo Shade, 12″ diameter = $5
1 Ikea Lobbo Shade, 14″ diameter = $6
1 yard Ikea Fabric = $8
1 pendant light kit = $12
small chain link = $1.50
Glue gun, scissors, needle-nose pliers
TOTAL: about $40
DESIGN YOUR TIER STRUCTURE
Decide how you want the tiers to overlap. Make sure your tiers don’t overlap too much (or you’ll just be limiting how much light gets through the multiple layers), but enough to not show gaps. If your tiers are similar in diameter (like the 12″ and 14″), you can get away with about a 2″ overlap. If your tiers are further apart in diameter (like the 6″ and 12″) you may want more like a 4″ overlap. You can also trim off the top or bottom of each tier to adjust the overall shape. I cut off a little bit at a time, and used soup cans/boxes/whatever to prop the shades up around each other so I could see how the finished product would look.
COVER THE SHADES
I cut the fabric an inch taller and wider than the shade, then glued it in place with a glue gun. The Ikea shades require the frame spokes to poke through the shade and little hardware pieces screw on and hold it in place. Which is why I picked a patterned fabric so you don’t really notice the hardware, but I guess you could paint them to match your fabric so they blend in. I’m far too lazy for that. After you glue the fabric, you’ll need to poke holes in the fabric that line up with the holes in the shade in order to attach your frame.
PUT THE TIERS TOGETHER
Finally, get your tiers to hang together. I used small linked chain from the hardware store, they sell it by the foot or the yard. Here’s where the spoke frame actually comes in handy. Slide one link of each chain strand onto each spoke before you put the spoke through the shade and screw on the fastener. Then just cut each length to the same number of links and use it to attach each tier to each other.
INSERT THE PENDANT LIGHT
And you’re done!