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A gorgeous DIY lamp for a fraction of cost and easy to do steps.

Posted by Sahana from New York, New York, United States • Published See Sahana 's 9 projects »
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  • How to make a hanging light. Diy Pendant Lamp - Step 1
    Step 1

    Before I start some new project, I always make a sample or prototype to make sure I am in good shape to continue the project.Likewise , I made the lamp first with poster board and used masking tape to glue it all together.You need not do this step but make a template of pentagon out of any thick paper.

    For this, draw a pentagon on the poster board (Google the steps to draw a perfect pentagon)and cut it.Use this as a template .

  • How to make a hanging light. Diy Pendant Lamp - Step 2
    Step 2

    Use the template and draw 11 pentagon one in each plastic sheet and cut it .My plastic sheet was 8" x 8" so I could get only one pentagon out of one sheet.I recommend you to use sharp scissors to avoid irregular edges of pentagon as the plastic sheet is quite thicker.

  • How to make a hanging light. Diy Pendant Lamp - Step 3
    Step 3

    Join five pentagon pieces for the first layer.Use tape on sides of each pentagon.For the second layer , insert a pentagon in between the two pentagons of the first layer.Repeat this for all the five pentagon of the first layer so you will probably end up adding five more to form the second layer.Use tape to stick the pentagons together.Now your lamp shade is almost done.

  • How to make a hanging light. Diy Pendant Lamp - Step 4
    Step 4

    I felt the plain glass like look of the lamp shade was not quite satisfying and so I decided to add a gold lining to the edges with gold washi tape.Use the washi tape and cover the edges of the pentagon over the transparent tape .(You can also use different patterned tape to attain different look).

  • How to make a hanging light. Diy Pendant Lamp - Step 5
    Step 5

    Take the 11th pentagon piece and mark a hole in the middle with the top of the lamp socket as a template using marker.

  • How to make a hanging light. Diy Pendant Lamp - Step 6
    Step 6

    Use Xacto knife and make the hole in the middle which should not be too large nor too small.It should be fit enough so that the socket doesn't move .Insert the socket in the hole.

  • How to make a hanging light. Diy Pendant Lamp - Step 7
    Step 7

    Attach the top pentagon piece with the base of the lamp shade using the transparent tape and top it with another layer of gold washi tape to complete the lamp shade.Few steps ahead !!!

  • How to make a hanging light. Diy Pendant Lamp - Step 8
    Step 8

    Insert the gold lamp cord into the socket (from outside to inside).

  • How to make a hanging light. Diy Pendant Lamp - Step 9
    Step 9

    Make underwriter's knot as shown.You can also refer the back side of the package in which the wire came.

  • How to make a hanging light. Diy Pendant Lamp - Step 10
    Step 10

    Connect the wires to the screws (If this is your first attempt in wiring just like me ,don't confuse yourself on connecting which wire to which screw.Do it randomly and plug it see whether the bulb glows.If it glows you are right !!If not, then change the wires.Also refer to the instructions at the back of the package) and assemble the remaining part.

  • How to make a hanging light. Diy Pendant Lamp - Step 11
    Step 11

    Screw the bulb on to the socket and mount it .Plug it and be amazed to look at the gorgeous pendant lamp that you made all by yourself!!!

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