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.
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Tools + Materials
- about (12) 1 1/2" or 2" wooden spheres and cubes
- acrylic paint in various colors
- power drill
- paint brushes
- scrap wood
- 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.