Welcome to this month’s installation of Inspired by DIY, hosted by Kathy at Up to Date Interiors and Jess at Domicile 37. Inspired by DIY is a challenge to find inspiration from a specific icon. Sarah Jessica Parker is our inspiration this month. I struggled a bit, because she is mostly known for her fashion choices. I’m not a fashion blogger for a reason… So I tried to find inspiration from her fashion choices for my home decor. Sarah Jessica Parker is probably most well known for her role of Carrie in Sex and the City. My first thought was to make something inspired by the tutu in the opening credits, but I couldn’t think of a way to work a tutu in a way that made sense for my house. Then I remembered her signature necklace that she wears throughout the series. My DIY pendant light was inspired by that necklace – minus the name plate of course. That could be either really good or really bad; I can’t decide.
This DIY pendant light was partly born out of necessity. We have replaced most of the ugly lights in our home, but somehow the hallways have been neglected. Even in our updated upstairs hallway, we have not changed out the light fixtures. Part of the problem is that they need to be flushmount and most flushmount fixtures are awful. When my light bulb burned out in the hallway, it seemed like a good time to change it up. I left the globe off and waited for inspiration to strike. During that time, I replaced the bulb with an LED light or as I call them “interrogation lights.” Normally, I hate them, but I could actually see in my pantry located in this hallway! Being able to see is pretty nice. But it needed to be prettier.
It’s so much prettier now!
In full disclosure, there were many times while I was making it, that I thought it would end up being an utter failure. But to my surprise, it turned out pretty cool.
How to Make a DIY Pendant Light
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- Metal macrame ring
- Wire (24 gauge)
- Bulk chain in Antique Bronze (I used 3 packages)
- Wire cutters
- Ribbon or string
- Light fixture (I used our existing one, but this one is similar.)
Note: This tutorial is for an 8′ tall hallway, so the chains only hang down about 18″ from the ceiling. For higher ceilings, cut longer lengths and buy more chain.
- Make a temporary hanging device with ribbon. I tied 3 ribbons to the metal ring and hung it from a long pegboard hook so that I could work on the light.
- Cut your chain in 16-28″ lengths. I wanted my chain to be different lengths to make it more interesting.
- Hang the lengths of chain over the metal ring. I did not hang them perfectly symmetrical on purpose.
- When your ring is covered, cut 1″ pieces of wire. You need one for every chain.
- Use the wire to attach the chains to the metal ring. I just stuck it through the loops and twisted it around the ring.
- Make wire loops to attach the chain light to the fixture. I used 8″ pieces of wire and then looped them around and twisted. Don’t attach them just yet. If your light fixture or ring are larger, you will need longer wire in this step.
- Hang the chain light on the fixture. I used the temporary ribbon to hold it in place while I worked. Then I placed the wire loops around the screws on the light fixture. Make sure to tighten the screws a bit.
- Attach the wires to the chain light. I wrapped the twisted ends of the wire around the chain light. Make sure the light is hanging straight and you’re done. Don’t forget to cut the temporary ribbon off.
My new light feels like a piece of jewelry now! Now instead of feeling like a forgotten part of the house, it feels really special!
Obligatory shot of it lit up from below.
It looks really pretty lit up. I suppose I could use an Edison bulb, but I really like being able to see in our dark hallway. 😉
I love my DIY pendant light! Now to add wallpaper, update the photos on the walls and add a runner!
Be sure to check out the other DIY projects for this month’s Inspired By DIY!
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