This stylish designer pendant light is a cost-effective D.I.Y. project that can add a touch of glamour and colour to any room. It’s created by joining plastic shades that can be painted any colour you choose. Hang a set of three at various heights using D.I.Y. suspension light kits.
Clamp a timber offcut to the work surface to position each shade upside down, holding them firmly to drill through the centre with a 44mm holesaw.
Tip: Enlarging the hole allows the shades to fit over the suspension light kits.
Clamp the piece of 6mm MDF over the offcut and use a 64mm holesaw to drill six discs as the top and base of the pendants.
Smooth the edges with 180-grit abrasive paper. Mark the centres with a ruler and cut in half with a handsaw. Wipe the shades and half-discs with a damp cloth to remove any dust. Set them out on a drop sheet.
Working outside or in a well-ventilated area, spray a light coat of paint over the shades and half-discs; leave them to dry. Turn them over to spray undersides, leaving to dry, and then spray a second coat.
Beginning at the top, thread the shades onto the D.I.Y. suspension light kits, top-and-tailing them in various formations. For shades that join at the rims, apply adhesive around the edges, position them together, secure with clothes pegs and leave to dry.
Match the half-discs to the same-colour shades at the top and base of each pendant, applying adhesive to secure and leaving to dry. Hang from existing fixtures and attach vintage-style globes.
Keep in mind:
Have a look at our D.I.Y. textured planter plinth for another decor project in a similar style.
Photo Credit: Belinda Merrie and Sam van Kan.
*Timbers may vary by state and territory; contact your local store for further information.
Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.
When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.