Upgrading your light fixtures is one of the easiest ways to transform the look and feel of a room (even if you’re renting). But instead of buying a new pendant light fixture, why not make your own? In this sustainable DIY, we will show you how simple it is to create a DIY pendant light from old dishes (yes, dishes). Are you ready to get started? Let’s have some fun!
- Any plastic plates, bowls, cups
- Measuring tape
- Hanging light cord
- Hot glue sticks
- Clamps (optional if needed)
- 1/4 inch drill bit
- Hot glue gun
Step One: Prep The Tableware
Firstly, you need to plan the design of your fixture. For example, we suggest you mix different shapes (bowls, plates) and different colours to achieve a modern style. Right after, use a measuring tape and a pencil to find the middle and mark it.
Step Two: Drill
After the prep, use a drill and make a hole big enough to pull the light cord through – A 1/4 inch drill bit is great for a standard cord.
Tip: When drilling plastic tableware, it’s a good idea to use a slow speed so the material won’t crack during the process.
Step Three: Hot Glue The Pieces
Once the old plates and bowls are ready with new holes in the middle, center them together and add hot glue to secure all the pieces into one single lampshade. Apply a bit of pressure and let it dry for a few seconds.
Step Four: Add a Light Cord
Finish assembling the new fixtures just by adding the light cord and hang them in your favourite spot.
How fun was that?
Images Courtesy of Maca Atencio