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. 

DIY Bead Lamp
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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
  • 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!

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