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January 26, 2019

If you're struggling to find the perfect decorative statement for your space, make your own! This modern pendant light how-to is surprisingly easy to make and completely customizable. The metallic colors are trending now, but can easily be changed to match your decor style.

How to Make a DIY Pendant Light

What You Need

  • 3/4-inch metal hanger tape (duct straps)
  • Marker
  • Tin snips
  • #6-32 x 1/2-inch machine screws and nuts
  • Metallic gold spray paint
  • Cord kit (We used portable IKEA Hemma, but you could also use a hard-wired kit.)
  • White or clear zip ties
  • LED lightbulb

Step-by-Step Instruction

Follow our easy instructions on how to make your own hanging light using affordable pieces you can get online and in a local hardware store.

Step 1: Cut Pieces

To begin, cut five 60-inch strips of hanger tape. Straighten the strips and mark the center of each. Line up three strips and, through the hole you just marked at the center, secure with a machine screw and nut. Spread and arrange the strips to form an orb. Connect all six ends at the bottom with a nut and machine screw.

Step 2: Secure the Structure

Wrap the remaining two metal strips diagonally around the orb. First secure the middle points of each strip to the orb with nuts and machine screws, then wrap around the orb and secure the ends in the same way. Make adjustments as needed to achieve the sphere you want. After you're satisfied with the shape, add a nut and machine screw at any point where metal strips cross to add stability. Tighten all nuts.

Step 3: Finish and Display

Spray-paint the orb metallic gold (or color of your choice), applying several thin coats and allowing sufficient drying time between coats. Follow all drying time and ventilation directions on the paint can.

Attach the cord kit to the top of the orb where the original three strips intersect using zip ties through the holes. Allow about 6 inches of cord to hang down. Tighten the zip ties and trim the ends. Install the LED bulb, and you're ready to hang in your home!


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