DIY: A Mod Pendant Light Made from Drinking Straws by

Issue 37 · Style on a Budget · September 19, 2014

DIY: A Mod Pendant Light Made from Drinking Straws

Issue 37 · Style on a Budget · September 19, 2014

We've admired Seattle designers Iacoli & McAllister's Spica Pendant for some time now and were pleasantly surprised to come across a similar looking light via Swedish blog Mormors Glamour. But unlike the Spica (which is handmade from brass-plated steel and starts at $795), this shade is a DIY project made from drinking straws that are formed into diamond-shaped pendants and spray-painted gold. 

Photography via Sköna Hem for blog Mormors Glamour.

DIY Diamond Straw Lampshade I Remodelista

Above: Hanging pendants made from drinking straws. Since straws are easily trimmed and bent, a multitude of shapes are possible.

DIY Diamond Straw Lampshade I Remodelista

Above: The Swedish project makes use of old-fashioned coated paper straws that are spray-painted. We'd like to try using stainless steel straws to make a sturdier shade. Stainless Steel Straws are available from Williams-Sonoma; $12.95 for a set of four.

DIY Diamond Straw Lampshade I Remodelista

Above: For a finished design, pair the straw shade with the Nud Classic Pendant by Swedish Company Nud Collection, shown here. It's available in eight cord-color combinations; $45 from LBC Lighting. Also consider a budget alternative, the Hemma Cord Set in white; $5 from Ikea. You can always spray-paint the cord and fitting black. 

DIY Diamond Straw Lampshade I Remodelista

Above: To make the shade, you'll need drinking straws (such as Just Artifacts Solid Color Party Paper Straws, 25 for $2.15), Pipe Cleaners ($12.95 for a pack of 100 via Amazon), and a pair of scissors (if you like the look of these, Brook Farm General Store sells Chinese Scissors for $12). 

DIY Diamond Straw Lampshade I Remodelista

Above: To make a diamond-shape shade, cut the drinking straws to the right lengths for your setting, and use pipe cleaners to connect the straws.

DIY Diamond Straw Lampshade I Remodelista

Above: For a sturdier lamp, use several pipe cleaners in each straw hole. Once you've completed the pendant, the blogger recommends gluing the joints, but don't add glue until you're finished. 

DIY Diamond Straw Lampshade I Remodelista

Above: Spray-paint the pendants in shades of brass or gold. Consider using Krylon Metallic Spray Paint; $5.88 from Amazon, available in several colors.

DIY Diamond Straw Lampshade I Remodelista

Above: A sampling of the shapes and sizes that are possible.

DIY Straw Lamp from Restless Oasis | Remodelista

Above: Here's a similar light made by blogger Heather of Restless Oasis; see her "Brass" Lighting Tutorial for details.

Into brass? Have a look at The New Bestlite Collection—and feel free to join the Bestlite vs. Ikea Renarp discussion at the bottom of the post. Also, don't miss Gardenista's new find: Brass Flowerpots from Sweden.

Ready for another project? Go to DIY to see dozens of our favorite easy ideas.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on December 19, 2013, as part of our DIY Holiday Decor issue.



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