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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.
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.
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.
Grab a can of spray paint and spray the light bulb socket and lamp shade.
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.
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.
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.
Once everything is installed, you’re good to hang everything! Wouldn’t this lamp be a fun pop of color in any room?
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!