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There is something about light fixtures that just gets me excited. I’m obsessed with unique lights and how they can totally transform a room. My love for light fixtures usually stays at the store due to the outrageous prices they go for though. I don’t understand why a light fixture has to cost so much money when in reality it doesn’t need to. I’ve recently stumbled upon a blog called Vintage Revivals. I found the blog because Aspyn Ovard had her house decorated by Mandi (the girl behind Vintage Revivals). And watching Aspyn + Parker vlogs are my guilty pleasure. BUT, that’s besides the point. Mandi actually made a hanging light fixture out of lampshades to go in Aspyn’s living room. I love the way hers turned out but I wanted to do something a little different and less time consuming. (In the future, I’m definitely recreating hers though, it’s too cute!)
I already had two lampshades just sitting in my closet and I wanted to put them to use. I like the color of them since they match pieces in my living room already. They just needed a touch of teal. Interested in making your own lampshade light? Lucky you, here’s my tutorial.
- 2 matching lampshades
- Paracord (or any string)
- X-Acto knife
- Cord set
- Light bulb
- Tape measure
- Chain Swag Kit (I only used the chain from the kit)
- Hook (to hang from ceiling)
1. Using two of the same lampshades (so that they will match up perfectly) you will place them on top of each other so that the wider sides match up.
2. The measurements will be different for every lampshade set. For mine, I made the Xs 1.5″ wide and .75″ from the edge of the lampshade. To figure out how far apart your Xs should be, measure around your lampshade and determine how many will fit evenly. Mark with a sharpie where you need to make the holes for the paracord to go through. You can use any type of string, it doesn’t have to be paracord. I just had some teal colored paracord on hand and knew it would be sturdy enough.
*Keep in mind you will do the two top holes for the X on the top lampshade and the two bottom holes for the X on the bottom lampshade.
3. Use the X-Acto knife to cut holes. All you do is punch the knife into the fabric and twist it around until the hole is big enough to let the paracord go through.
*You can always make the hole bigger if needed but be careful not to make it TOO big.
4. Once all of the holes are punched, it’s time to lace the paracord in. To do this using the least amount of paracord, push the cord through into the bottom left corner from inside of the lampshade. Then put it through the top right hole going into the lampshade. Next, push it through the top left hole coming out of the lampshade and then back into the bottom right hole. Repeat this process until all of your Xs are done then just tie off the paracord in a knot inside the lampshade.
*Make sure the paracord is tight throughout the lampshades so that they do not pull away from each other.
5. Add the light kit and the chain to the lampshade then hang it up by a hook in the ceiling. And wah-la! You have a pretty hanging light fixture! TIP: Use twisty ties every few feet to secure the light cord to the chain.
I don’t have a switch hooked up to the light to turn it on/off because the outlet right by it turns on and off with the light switch. So if I keep the light plugged in, I can just use the light switch to turn it on and off. If you want, you can use the rest of the pieces that come in the swag light kit to have an actual switch for the light, just read the instructions on how to do that (because I have no idea).
Dress from Maude
(Pay no attention to my roots, I swear they aren’t that dark in real life. Instead, just focus on how cute Colt is!)
I really wanted to add some height to my living room and I felt like a hanging lamp was the right option. The walls are still pretty bare though and I am trying to figure out exactly what I want to put above my couch. If you have any ideas, let me know in the comments! I’m thinking possibly a photo collage or a few shelves but I really don’t know. It’s all up in the air still.
Also want to add that I would hang a second hook in the ceiling corner to hang the chain/light cord on so that it isn’t putting weight against the lampshade but we have metal studs in our apartment and there is one right in the corner and we couldn’t put a hook there. If you can, do it. I think it looks better that way.
P.S. Find my DIY coffee table tutorial HERE.