DIY Gold Pendant Shade

Gold pendant shade

It’s been a little while since we’ve shared a big project but that’s all about to change! Our second bedroom has been nearly complete for some time now (you can check it out here) but the original light was still up form when we moved in – and it really didn’t go! We’d been looking for a new light but couldn’t find anything we liked, so inspired by the left over decorative sticks from our Sun Mirror we decided to create our own.

The cost for this DIY was minimal – we already had an old lamp shade, the sticks to cover it, our ever faithful glue gun and spray paint. All we had to buy was a new pendant to hang the light from which only set us back £4.

Gold pendant shade - equipment

To begin with we measured the height of the shade so we knew how long our lengths needed to be.Gold pendant shade - measure

Our shade was 20cm tall so we cut our sticks into 3 lengths of 22cm, 23cm and 24cm. We then used stuck them to the shade using our glue gun and arranged them in groups of 5 (22cm,23cm,24cm,23cm,22cm).

Gold pendant shadeWe worked our way all around the shade, and thankfully had just enough sticks without having to drive a 30 mile round trip to buy more! Sadly, during the process of gluing I managed to burn my thumb – no project is without it’s sacrifices right?!

Gold pendant shade - glued

Once the glue was set we took the shade into the garden and gave it 3 coats of spray paint – this time we went for gold rather than silver.

Gold pendant shade - sprayed

We left the paint to try while Simon wired in a new pendant and then just hung it as you usually would – the sticks are completely hollow so the lamp isn’t particularly heavy. This is how it turned out, I am so pleased with how it completes the room!

Gold pendant shade - lit

Gold pendant shade

Linking up at Best of the Weekend (Featured!), It’s Overflowing, Hookin up with HoH, What I Whipped up Wednesday, The Pin Junkie, Twirl and Take a Bow Party, That DIY Party.


  1. August 31, 2013 / 4:04 pm

    Cute! I’ve got at least five lights that could use some DIYing. I love how you staggered the edges and I love anything gold.

    • Sammi
      August 31, 2013 / 4:54 pm

      Thank you! It’s good to be able to reuse something we probably would have binned otherwise.

    • Sammi
      September 1, 2013 / 5:04 pm

      I’ll add it on there now and check out the rest of your blog while I’m at it Leslie!

  2. September 1, 2013 / 6:00 pm

    That’s great – I love the sticks painted gold! I’m eyeing my vase full of sticks right now! Thanks for the idea – I will pin. Julia

    • Sammi
      September 1, 2013 / 6:06 pm

      I love spray paint, never more than a couple of weeks goes by without us cracking a tin out! Glad you like it Julia.

    • Sammi
      September 2, 2013 / 8:02 pm

      Thanks Stephanie, glad you like it.

  3. September 3, 2013 / 7:19 am

    What kind of sticks did you use where do you think I could find them.

    • Sammi
      September 3, 2013 / 8:05 am

      Hi Gloria. I used decorative sticks from Ikea but I imagine you’d be able to find something similar in a craft shop if you don’t have an ikea near you!

    • September 20, 2013 / 8:59 pm

      I still can’t seem to find the sticks like you made your shade with can you give me a substitute that might work

      • Sammi
        September 20, 2013 / 9:07 pm

        Gloria they’re near the artificial flowers and garden section of ikea. You could probably use wood dowel but it would be more expensive!

        • September 20, 2013 / 9:13 pm

          No Ikea here only Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Homegoods but I will keep looking thank you for answering me back.

          • Sammi
            September 20, 2013 / 9:14 pm

            Not a problem, hope you find something you can use!

  4. September 6, 2013 / 7:17 pm

    This is fantastic! I love the gold stencilled wall in the background too!

    • Sammi
      September 6, 2013 / 7:37 pm

      Thanks Steph! There’s a whole lotta gold going on in our guest bedroom.

  5. September 6, 2013 / 10:28 pm

    Hi Sammi! Thank you SO much for sharing this fabulous pendant shade at Best of the Weekend last Friday – I just love it!!! I wanted to pop in to let you know that I am featuring this at tonight’s party and am excited to put it in the spotlight! 🙂 Hope you had a happy Friday and please have a fantastic weekend!

    • Sammi
      September 7, 2013 / 2:49 pm

      Oh wow Cindy – I’m glad you liked it and thank you so much for featuring!

  6. September 14, 2013 / 7:55 pm

    This is absolutely beautiful! You are so creative 🙂 And I got really excited, because I’ve seen those decorative sticks at Ikea! 😉

    • Sammi
      September 16, 2013 / 8:13 pm

      Thanks Naomi! I’ve always wondered what they could be used for 🙂

  7. September 17, 2013 / 5:10 pm

    That is amazing! I never would have guessed you used pencils for this 🙂

    • Sammi
      September 17, 2013 / 5:23 pm

      They’re actually decorative hollow sticks, much easier to cut than I imagine pencils would be!

  8. September 18, 2013 / 5:10 pm

    There are those cute black and white sticks again!! Very Cute Pendant!

    • Sammi
      September 18, 2013 / 6:35 pm

      Thanks Trisha! Got to love those sticks, so useful!!

  9. September 20, 2013 / 6:00 am

    Wow Sammi I love this so much! That looks stunning! I never thought of doing this. I wish I wasn’t in an apartment so that I could change some of my overhead light fixtures :/

    Marie H.

    • Sammi
      September 20, 2013 / 6:44 am

      I didn’t know you lived in an apartment Marie! I’m sure you’ve styled it beautifully even without changing the light fixtures 🙂

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