Don’t you just love all the rustic open lighting you’re seeing everywhere lately? Yeah me too! But, I don’t love the steep prices. The cheapest one I’ve found is $499, but I found one almost $2,500! No… JUST NO! I’m a total cheapskate and a real sucker for light fixtures. There is no way on God’s green earth I’m paying almost twice my car payment for a light fixture. Here is my DIY Wooden Orb Chandelier!
Whilst strolling through my local craft store I saw some Wooden Embroidery Hoops (affiliate link) for $1.99 a piece and the metaphorical lightbulb over my head went off. I picked up two hoops, which actually break down to four wooden circles. I thought this would be a perfect chance to test out a new stain I’ve been wanting to use: Minwax Gray Wood Stain (affiliate link). Now all you need is some wood glue, clamps and a light kit or pendant of some sort. I was going to use a plain Pendant Light Kit(affiliate link), but I fell in love with this light at Lowes. Told you, I’m a sucker.
First up, disassemble your hoops and stain them with your stain of choice. I stirred the stain well then painted it on with a cheap brush on all sides. I immediately wiped it right back off because I really just wanted to neutralize the yellow tone of the natural wood. I could certainly have left it to soak in longer and would have gotten a more opaque effect. The 3rd picture below is three hoops, from left to right: before stain, immediately after staining and after wiping off the excess. Let them all dry for an hour or two depending on how many layers of stain you added.
Now assemble your orb. Start with the two slightly smaller inner hoops and assemble however you like best. I used three to interesect at the bottom, while leaving a small triangle at the top for the light fixture wiring to feed through (below center). The triangle is just small enough to keep the orb on the fixture. I got it all set then realized I would need to assemble it with the light already inside the hoop. Whoops! I had to take it apart and reassemble properly. Then use wood glue sparingly on any overlapping parts and clamp together. Leave to dry overnight. Drying overnight with the clamps on leaves a really solid hold so you don’t need to risk stapling or brad nailing them together later.
All you have left is to hang it! I mean how stinking easy is that? Well, if I hadn’t fractured my shoulder in July, I would have been able to do this one all by myself. That’s okay, Super Husband to the rescue!
I love the way it turned out. This is such a ridiculously easy project for a seriously small amount of cash. If Lowes hadn’t sucked me in with that beautiful blown glass shade, I would have been all in for about $25.00 since I already had the stain. As it turns out, I spent about $55.00. You can completely customize to whatever fixture you want though. And $55.00 is much better than $2,500.00 in the spending department! Want to see it lit up?
So what do you think? Would you have done something differently? More hoops? Different stain? A different shade? Tell me in the comments below!
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