Cohabitation With Design

March 25, 2010

DIY Pendant Lamp

Filed under: Design & Art — Tags: , , , , — Concept Interior Design @ 3:12 pm

As an interior designer, I almost always am designing for everyone except myself.  I decided that I wanted to try to take on a project for myself and create a pendant lamp. I wanted it to be very unique and fun to create. Here is how I went about this project and how it turned out. Enjoy!

The first step for this project was for me to find an inspiration piece, the pattern or design I wanted the lamp to have. I decided to visit the Art Mart ( and found beautiful handmade papers to choose from. This paper became my primary inspiration.

Next, I had to find the perfect lamp shade. This was quite a search, let me tell you. I will make it easy for you though. Visit Brody’s ( and choose from around 100 different lamp shades. I decided on a 15 x 16 x 9 h drum shallow shade. Any size and shape will work though, depending on the look you are going for.

My next step was to find the electrical components. I went to Lowe’s and found the “electrified candlestick & bottle adapter kit.” This kit comes with a cord set and a push-through socket. The cord that came with this kit was not long enough due to the height of my ceilings, so I had a Lowe’s employee cut me a new cord and direct me on which plug I would need to hook to my new cord. Sounds simple, right?!

Lastly, I needed to acquire some tacky glue (Aleen’s Tacky Glue…can be found at any craft store), scissors, a straight edge, decorative hooks to swag the cord, and some patience (assistance from my husband was pretty helpful too…lol). What can I say, I am a designer, not a handy-man…

He and I sat down and measured the paper the correct height for my drum shade and then cut the paper into approx. 8″ wide sections in order to wrap around the shade. I applied the tacky glue in very thin lines to the top and bottom of the lamp, while my husband gently applied the paper sections.

After the paper was completely applied, I set the lamp aside and let it dry over night. The next day, the wiring began. To put is simply, you have to thread the cord through the socket and through the plug.

The final step is to install the decorative hooks and hang the lamp at your desired height and location.

Overall, I am very pleased with my pendant lamp. I LOVE the design of the lamp and it is a great addition to my living room. It is also nice to feel like I was able to finally design something for myself and have it come to fruition.




  1. Great job, I love this Mandi!

    Comment by AbbeyG — April 22, 2010 @ 6:44 pm

  2. Very creative! I love your DIY tips. Nice one.
    Do you have another one?

    Comment by house garden — June 15, 2010 @ 4:01 am

    • Thanks so much! I just posted a diy project today. More to come!

      Comment by eclec7 — June 15, 2010 @ 8:51 pm

  3. I will try to work up the ambition to try this. 🙂

    Comment by Danielle Jokela — July 6, 2010 @ 10:40 pm

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