How to Make a Contemporary Pendant Lamp

In less than thirty minutes, you can customize this modern wooden bead pendant lamp to suit your personality and your color scheme. 

Related To:

DIY Bead Lamp 00:53

Make this easy, geometrical hanging lamp with wood blocks and a lamp kit.

Tools + Materials

  • about (12) 1 1/2" or 2" wooden spheres and cubes
  • acrylic paint in various colors
  • power drill
  • paint brushes
  • scrap wood
  • clamp
  • electrical tape
  • parchment or wax paper
  • light kit
  • clear 40-watt light bulbs
  • small Phillips-head screwdriver
  • 3/8" drill bit
  • 1/8" drill bit
  • cotton swabs
  • paint palette or paper plate

Step 1: Drill Holes

Decide how many cubes and spheres you want to use by laying out a pattern next to the cord. Place a thick piece of wood under your blocks.  Using a clamp to hold the block in place, drill a pilot hole with a 1/8" drill bit. Now with the 3/8" bit, drill a hole all the way through the block. Repeat with all blocks. 

TIP: Drill with the grain of the wood. This will make your life easier because it cuts down on splintering. 

Step 2: Paint Beads

Lay out a sheet of parchment or wax paper and mix the colors you want to paint with on a paper plate or palette. Paint all blocks and lay to dry on parchment or wax paper for at least 30 minutes.

TIP: When excess paint builds up inside the holes, use a cotton swab to clean it out. 

Step 3: Assemble Lamp

To assemble your lamp, follow the instructions that come with your kit and string your beads.

Step 4: Enjoy!

Keep Reading

Next Up

How to Make a Homemade Lamp

Can't find that perfect lamp? Follow these instructions to make your own lamp.

How to Rewire a Lamp

No need to toss that old lamp. Follow these easy steps for rewiring a light, making it good as new.

How to Make a DIY Interior Dutch Door

Keep an eye on kids or pets by giving an existing interior door a split-level update.

How to Make an Easy DIY Outdoor Movie Screen

Transform your backyard into an open-air movie theater with this easy DIY screen made from PVC pipes and a white sheet.

16 Chic Bedside Lamps Under $150

For every style and sleeper.

How to Make a Contemporary Garden Gazing Ball

Add sparkle to your planting beds with a gazing ball. All it takes is an old bowling ball, some glue and your choice of decorative pieces.

How to Make a DIY Chick Brooder

Save money by learning how to make a temporary home for baby chicks.

How to Make a Backyard Fire Pit

Create a cozy space for outdoor entertaining with a stone fire pit.
More from:

Room Lab

On TV

NEW: Live TV

Don’t miss your favorite shows. Live stream HGTV now.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.

Luxury Home Giveaways

HGTV Smart Home

A luxurious, modern home in Scottsdale, Arizona

HGTV Urban Oasis

A cozy Craftsman-style home in Knoxville, Tennessee

HGTV Dream Home

A gorgeous remodel on St. Simons Island, Georgia