Make your own sculptural free-form lampshade.
Style at Home managing editor and resident crafter Catherine Therrien shows you how to create a free-form wire pendant light.
For this project, the shabby chic stripped-bare lampshade trend gets a modern edge. Using simple white wire hangers and finishing the look with a black nylon light cord, managing editor and resident crafter Catherine Therrien creates a sculptural free-form shade with an industrial feel.
- Black light cord set
- White wire hangers (about 15)
- Wire cutters
Tip: Collect the hangers from your dry cleaning to create this project.
1 Suspend the light cord from a pole placed horizontally (a broomstick works great!).
2 Cut off the top portions of the wire hangers using wire cutters. Then, using the pliers, bend each end of the wire hangers outward to form a hook shape.
3 Take one of the discarded hanger tops and cut a 2" piece from it. Form the wire piece into a circle, place it on the cord (above the socket) and twist the ends closed using pliers. (The circle shouldn't be able to pass over the socket).
4 Take a prepared wire hanger and hook one end around the wire circle; twist the end closed using pliers. Hook and secure the other end to another wire hanger.
5 Continue building up the shade in a free-form fashion by hooking and securing the ends of wire hangers together. Step back every so often to assess your work and to determine if you need to fill in any gaps.