Look! Pendant Lamp Makeover For Under $12

Look! Pendant Lamp Makeover For Under $12

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Sarah Rae Smith
Jan 6, 2009

AT reader, Ashley from Philly, was madly in love with the Haldane Martin's ostrich chandelier, but the thoughts of owning it were a little out of reach. Taking matters into her own hands she transformed a basic IKEA paper pendant light, into quite the masterpiece for under $12 (and that includes the price of the lamp itself)! Click through to see how you can recreate the look yourself!

Wanna get the same look for your home? Ashley let us in on a few of her secrets ....

"After some experimentation I found that the best way to attach the petals was with 'shiny' scotch tape (the type that looks like packing tape) rather than the matte scotch 'magic' tape (which gave obvious seams/shadows that looked less than stellar). The 'petals' were cut in various lengths (I would cut a sheet of wax paper and fold it over several times so I was cutting 8 petals at a time) and attached from the bottom-->up (with shorter petals at the top)...don't be discouraged if you can see a subtle shadow cast by the tape initially as lots and lots and lots of layers are key! The petals curved naturally from the wax paper coming on a roll, and I placed most of them with the curl flipping out. Also, in lieu of wax paper I might use parchment paper for the next go-round as it has a more matte appearance when the light is off."

Here's Ashley's break down of cost, which fit her medical student's budget perfectly!:
$1.19 (wax paper)
$0.50 (tape)
$6.00 (23.5" paper lantern from IKEA)
$3.99 (electric cord form IKEA)
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$11.68

Thanks Ashley! What a great idea!

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