Recently I helped our senior director of communications, Danielle, put some finishing touches on her DIY apartment kitchen update. My favorite solutions were these feather-covered lampshades. They are super simple to make and disguise the less-than-attractive track pendant lighting. Keep reading for all the details on how I adapted these shades to work with the existing lighting (no wiring required), and learn how to create these feathered-covered lampshades. For the full details on Danielle’s kitchen refresh, visit ! –Megan
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Here’s What You’ll Need:
-A with “Euro hardware” (I used a 4” x 8” x 6.5” paper shade)
-15 (more if your lampshade is bigger)
-A glue gun
-Wire cutters (optional; you need them only if you’re adapting the shade to slide over track lighting as we did)
Making Your Feather Shade
Begin by applying a bead of glue to the back of the feather along the spine. While the glue is still hot, position the feather on the shade and press it in place. Next, trim the top and bottom of the feather so that it is flush with the edges of the shade. Repeat the process until the shade is fully covered.
Readying Your Shade
Because the base of the track lighting cord was too large to thread through the shade for hanging, I used wire cutters to remove 1/3 of the center circle from the shade’s wire frame.
Tip: Euro refers to the construction of the “spider,” or the wire frame hardware on the top of the shade. This particular configuration is key to modifying the shade to fit over track lighting.
Attaching Your New Shade
To finish I simply unclipped the pendant light from the track and slid the shade down the cord.
Presto! A bespoke feather shade and a simple fix for track lighting, all in one easy project. Head over to the for the full details of Danielle’s kitchen update!