DIY Bentwood Pendant

Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body

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Tasha at Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body had admired the bentwood pendants at West Elm for some time, but it wasn't in her budget to purchase one. With a bit of ingenuity, a $40 investment, and some basic supplies, she managed to make an affordable homage to the original.

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In order to make it, here's what you'll need:

  • 1 pendant light kit
  • 4 wooden quilting hoops (14-inch diameter)
  • 1 Y light socket adapter (if you wish to use two bulbs)
  • 6 floral rings (6-inch diameter)
  • Wood glue
  • Twine
  • Wood stain, in a color of your choice
  • A hand saw
  • A pneumatic nail gun with 5/8 inch nails
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Tasha's lamp turned out beautifully, and I particularly love the use of the Y-socket, so that there are two bulbs. It's an interesting twist on the typical pendant light. For a total savings of $150, I would say that this DIY was well worth the time Tasha spent, and thanks to her excellent tutorial, there are clear instructions and photos if you wish to follow suit.

For full instructions, visit Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

(Image credits: Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body)

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Carolyn is a freelance writer and photographer, as well as a lover of all things colorful and quirky. She grew up in Texas and settled in Chicago by way of L.A., England and Paris. Currently, she is a professor at Illinois Institute of Technology.

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