How to Make a Battery-Operated Pendant Light for $35

A budget-minded blogger dreamed up this battery-operated pendant that couldn't be easier to install.

chic office with blue walls and diy hanging lamp
Photo: Timisha Porcher/Toolbox Divas, LLC
Project Overview
  • Working Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Skill Level: Beginner

Looking for the final touch for a home office she designed for a friend, blogger Timisha Porcher suddenly had a lightbulb go off. Or on, really. "I saw a chandelier in a magazine for around $300 (too expensive) but I thought, I can make that," she says. A mere $35 and two hours later, the pendant was cut, drilled, and glued into existence in this Baltimore home. Because there was no ceiling light in the room, Timisha used battery-operated LED puck lights with a remote control. Fabric attached to the bottom of the shade with hook-and-loop tape hides the inner workings but provides easy access to pucks to change batteries. Follow the how-to below to make your own pendant light.

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • 1 Drill and drill bit
  • 1 Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • 1 Fabric scissors

Materials

  • 1 Wood finials
  • 1 Wood stain
  • 3 Paint stir sticks
  • 6 Wireless LED puck lights
  • 1 Rope
  • 1 Drum shade
  • 1 Cotton fabric
  • 1 Hook and loop tape
  • 1 1/2"-diameter PVC pipe
  • 1 Rubber band
  • 1 Ribbon
  • 1 Screw-in swag hook

Instructions

  1. Make the Wood Topper

    drilling wood finial to lamp as faux socket
    Timisha Porcher/Toolbox Divas, LLC

    To create a decorative topper for your pendant, gather a variety of wood finials with interesting silhouettes. Drill through the center of each wood piece, then stain if desired. (Timisha sprayed on a powder-base wood dye then buffed it in.)

  2. Attach Lights to Stir Sticks

    securing puck lights to paint stirrers for interior of diy lamp
    Timisha Porcher/Toolbox Divas, LLC

    Stack the paint stir sticks on top of each other and mark the center; drill through the center of the stack. Hot-glue the bottom of a puck light to both ends of each stir stick. (The light tops twist off for battery changes.)

  3. Create the Light Frame

    threading rope through holes in sticks for lamp
    Timisha Porcher/Toolbox Divas, LLC

    Assemble the stir sticks to form a frame for the bottom of the drum shade. Thread one end of the rope through the holes of the sticks and knot. Fan the sticks out like a sunburst and hot-glue them together.

  4. Make a Fabric Diffuser

    adding fabric diffuser to inside of diy lamp shade
    Timisha Porcher/Toolbox Divas, LLC

    To create a diffuser for the bottom of the shade, cut a piece of fabric slightly larger than the diameter of the shade. Glue one side of the hook-and-loop tape along the inside edge of the bottom of the shade and the other to the fabric edge. Pleat the fabric as you go so it won't bunch up when hung.

  5. Finish Assembly

    threading rope through pvc pipe and adding wood finials
    Timisha Porcher/Toolbox Divas, LLC

    Thread the end of the rope through the PVC pipe and the shade. String the wood finials onto the remaining rope at the top. Attach fabric diffuser to the bottom of the shade using hook and loop tape.

  6. Hang the Fixture

    diy lamp with rope and wood finials hung from swag hook
    Timisha Porcher/Toolbox Divas, LLC

    To hang the pendant, create a loop on the loose end of the rope and secure with a rubber band. Wrap the rubber band with ribbon. Screw a swag hook into the ceiling and hang the light.

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