Beautiful Things - December 2019
- Story and photos by Holly Lemoine-Raymond
Hey everyone! It’s me, Holly! Back again with a quick DIY project for you. For years I have seen couples going into home improvement stores looking for trendy or chic lighting and spending a ton of money. This got me thinking about things I have at home or in storage that would look pretty cool as a light. You know me, I don’t throw anything away. I did a little digging and I found some of the items I used when I had my café and thought I’d make a pendant light out of an old utensil holder. I hope you like it!
First things first… let’s gather some supplies.
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Using the tin snips or wire cutter, cut a hole in the bottom of the utensil holder. It doesn’t have to be perfect. The hole just needs to be big enough to fit the socket.
Put the socket end of the lamp kit into the hole you cut in the utensil holder. Now you know why the hole doesn’t need to be perfect! The flaws will be covered by the socket cover of the lamp kit.
Thread the shade ring on to the socket from inside the utensil holder. This piece looks like a “washer” and will hold the socket and the “lamp shade” together.
Screw in the bulb of your choice. I love the light quality of the Edison Bulbs. There’s something magical in the power of the warm glow the emanates from an Edison Bulb.
Steps 5 & 6
Prepare your ceiling for your new pendant lamp by placing the swag hook to hold the cord in place. (I already had a hook from a previous hanging light.)
Hang your new pendant light and bask in its glow!
With a lamp kit, making your own pendant light really is super easy! And you can turn almost anything you have laying around into a lamp shade. Doesn’t this look cool?
Thanks for reading. After you make your own pendant light, post a picture on my Facebook page and let me see your creative piece of work!