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DIY Project: Beautifying Track Lighting

by Grace Bonney

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 One Kings Lane’s Style Blog! –Megan


Click through for the full how-to after the jump!

Here’s What You’ll Need:

-A lampshade with “Euro hardware” (I used a 4” x 8” x 6.5” paper shade)
-15 turkey quills or other feathers (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 One Kings Lane Style blog for the full details of Danielle’s kitchen update!


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  • Feathers, as a design motif and trend, have become rather commonplace. Their use here, however, is refreshing and clever. I love that it is more about utilizing the natural pattern and texture of the feathers, rather than the (over-used?) shape of the whole feather itself. Thanks for this post!

  • What a great way to update any lampshade. That pattern is really pretty and, of course, the light still comes through nicely. Great idea!

  • If you actually cook in the kitchen, these feathers will quickly gather a thin layer of grease, smoke and dust, which cannot be cleaned. Unappetizing. If the kitchen is not used for cooking, cool.

  • This is much nicer than I expected it to be, and I agree that it will also probably be lovely with the lights turned on. On a side note, this is a beautiful little kitchen, I especially like the the extra shelf above the cabinets (very clever) and the panelling on the front of the peninsula unit (an often overlooked area). I also love how the cutting boards are used as decoration, they bring a lovely bit of rustic contrast to this kitchen.

  • Just lovely! I want to update some lamp shades like this. But where can you get feathers?

  • You can finally get Euro Lampshade Rings, for making DIY lamp shades like this, on Amazon. You can use Adhesive Styrene (the plasticky material that lampshades are usually made of) and so then make the lampshade whatever size you like. Cool idea…