Naked Lamp Shade Pendant Light

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Hello Friends!

Who else out there loves a DIY light fixture? I’m hooked! Dabbling in simple electrical projects was something I thought I’d never get up the courage to do. You know, electricity kills people and such. But, now that I’ve got a few DIY light fixtures completed, It feels so silly to have ever been scared. My latest creation is this Naked Lamp Shade Pendant Light.

naked lamp shade pendant light

What You’ll Need

A Lamp Shade with a full metal shape, Spray Paint, Light Socket(*GE Lamp Socket, Push On/Off, Gold 52205), Light Bulb (*GE Lighting Crystal Clear 24662 60-Watt, 670-Lumen G25 Light Bulb with Medium Base, 6-Pack), Lamp Cord, *OOK 50330 Jumbo Swag Hook with Hardware, White, Drawer Knob (*10 x Drawer Cabinet Door Screws Mount 1.1″ Dia Wood Round Pull Knobs), Hot Glue, box cutter.

How Long It Takes

Excluding paint dry time, 5 minutes to tear apart lamp shade, 5 minutes to install hanging hardware, and 5 minutes to assemble lamp.

The Process

After you’ve located a lamp shade with a full metal frame, You’ll need to tear off any fabric attached to it. Most modern made lamp shades do not have metal connecting the entire shape, so thrift stores are a good place to look for a shade. If there’s a lot of glue beneath the fabric, scrape off as much as possible with the box cutter. I ended up giving up on the last few bits and used a hand-held blow torch to smooth out what was left. 

tear off lamp shade fabric

Grab a can of spray paint and spray the light bulb socket and lamp shade.

spray paint everything

Once the socket and lamp shade are completely dry, you can assemble the pendant. Run your cord through the hole of your lamp shade. Then through the bottom of the socket. If you’re using a lamp kit, follow the included directions for attaching the wires to the socket. If you’re a bit more DIY light savvy, you can pick up custom cord like my twisted cloth cord.

assembling cord and socket

I tried using a cute knot to hold the socket in place and reduce tension on the wires attached to the socket. I couldn’t get everything to hang straight, though. So I globbed a ton of hot glue between the socket and lamp shade and into the hole where the cord ran through.

hot glue socket and cord to lamp shade

 For the hanging hardware, I installed a plant hook in the ceiling and used the drawer pulls from the IKEA dressers I used in my West Elm Stria knock off dresser. I hot glued a small nail inside the drawer pull so I could press it into the wall and pull it out like a tack.

nob for wrapping extra cord around

 Once everything is installed, you’re good to hang everything! Wouldn’t this lamp be a fun pop of color in any room? 

lightweight DIY wire lamp shade pendant light with twisted fabric wrapped cord tutorial

wrapping twisted cord to hang light

wire lamp shade pendant light with twisted fabric wrapped cord

naked lamp shade pendant light view

 If you’ve been here from the beginning, you’ll remember 2 years ago I told you that I was making over a pair of lamps we’d inherited. This is the lamp shade from the project! My husband calls me a hoarder… meh!

I’d love to see your DIY light fixtures if you’ve made one, leave a comment with a link to your blog post or a picture of your project! Don’t forget to pin this post!

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  1. I love the color! This is such a unique idea.

  2. Congratulations for your feature on Tatertots and Jello! Great tutorial! I think you like hot glue almost as much as I do 😉
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  3. Found you on Remodelaholic. Love this idea. I have a standard lamp that I haven’t known what to do with the shade. Has to be this!
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  4. This is so cute Corinna! I love the color. My husband thinks I hoard things to redo too. I like to call it collecting :) Thanks for linking up at The Makers! Your projects are always some of my faves :)
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  5. This is so fun Corinna! Cage lights are amazing- I love the bright colour you chose.
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  6. This is so cute! Love the idea of using an old lampshade! Turned out amazing! Thanks for sharing with us at Your Designs This Time!
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