No need to head back to high school—the geometry trend is here to stay. We'll show you how to play with simple lines, shapes, and angles to create a stunning geometric pendant light.

July 19, 2017
dining, geometric patterns, dining room table, light

Sometimes the simplest projects are the most stunning. This easy pendant light plays on geometric angles and lines for an eye-catching statement piece that you can make in a snap. Wood dowels in three different sizes create the shape of the pendant, while a basic lamp fitter provides the light.

We love the pendant light hanging over a modern-chic dining room, but it also works well in a bedroom, kitchen, or entryway. Customize the look by spray painting the dowels any desired shade. Or, decorate with other accents such as yarn or wire. 

What You Need

  • Three 22 ½-inch wood dowels
  • 4-inch-diameter lamp fitter
  • Glue
  • Clamps
  • Three 8-inch wood dowels
  • Saw
  • Three 6 ½-inch wood dowels
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Gold spray paint
  • Pendant cord
  • Vintage-style lightbulb

Step 1: Create the Base

Glue the 22½-inch-long dowels to the three extending sections on a 4-inch-diameter lamp fitter. Clamp into place and let the glue dry. 

Step 2: Create the Triangle

Create an equilateral triangle out of three 8-inch dowels. Use a saw to cut angles so the edges fit smoothly. Glue pieces together. Then, glue the triangle to the bottom of the three dowels attached to the lamp fitter. Clamp into place and let the glue dry. 

Step 3: Create the Prism

Create the prism at the end with three 6½-inch dowels. For each dowel: Cut a 40-degree angle at one end, and a 140-degree angle at the other end. Glue the three 140-degree angles together to create the prism point. Glue the 40-degree-angle ends to the triangular base.

Editor's Tip: Don't fret about cutting perfect angles to connect the dowels. A little wood filler and gold spray paint can patch any mistakes.

Step 4: Cover and Paint

Cut an embroidery hoop in three equal sections to cover the wire ring at the end of the lamp fitter. Glue and clamp in place between dowels. Let dry. Spray fixture with gold paint. Thread pendant cord through the lamp fitter, and add a vintage-style bulb.

Bonus: Make a Geometric Copper Pendant


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