Weekend DIY Project: How to Make A Paint Stir Sticks Pendant Lamp

Home Depot paint stir sticks. Source: montydob.blogspot.com

Seeing that Matt and I just finished a very large exterior paint project on our rental, today’s “Weekend DIY Project” really caught my eye. Clever blogger and mother of five, Laura Lynn from Enjoying the Simple Things, put two simple things together: paint stir sticks and a plain pendant lamp. What results is a you-stuck-your-chocolate-in-my-peanut-butter moment; a combination that is the equivalent of DIY home decor candy.

Paint stir stick pendant lamp.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • paint stir sticks, approx. 42 sticks, but could vary depending on how large your lamp shade is (available at any paint or box store)
  • pendant lamp with shade - you could also use any type of lamp: desk, floor, or side table lamps (lots available on DiggersList)
  • hot glue gun
  • stain or paint
  • paint brush

Thrifty TIP!: instead of immediately rushing off to your neighborhood box store, check with your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore, where you can find just about all the supplies for this project for 50 cents on the dollar! You can search for them on DiggersList, or find them via the web.

Visit Enjoying the Simple Things for the complete paint stick pendant lampĀ  how-to.

HomeJelly DIY challenge!

If you complete this project using any item or items bought on DiggersList or the Habitat for Humanity ReStores, send in a photo with a list of your ReStore finds and you may be included in an upcoming DiggersList DIYers feature! Mail to: submit@homejelly.com

Skaie Knox

Written by Skaie Knox

Decor nerd, design enthusiast and the Editor-in-Chief/Writer for HomeJelly and co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Dwellingz, a real estate home story-telling website. Skaie is also a published singer/songwriter and kids book author, voted "Class Clown", and rescue dogs crusader. If you're in the market for a new home, or just want to learn the "inside scoop" on Los Angeles real estate, click onto her photo and read her home tours and stories at www.dwellingz.com.

Conversation

  1. Laura on January 15, 2013 at 2:35 am

    Hey, thanks for featuring the light! Love your site!

    • Skaie Knox on January 15, 2013 at 6:53 pm

      Well, thank YOU for such a fabulously clever idea. We just LOVE these kinds of projects at HomeJelly, so please share more of your creative thinking any time!

  2. Mark Coren on June 1, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Thanks for a second inspiration! After seeing this, I realized how I can adapt another challenge I have…I’ve recently gotten quite a few assorted flower pots of different styles and materials. I’ve been stuck about how to turn them into a cohesive whole visually. If I take this idea and turn it upside down, I can create a look that will tie in all my different planters with one great look!

    As a bonus, Home Depot and several other places have stir sticks that are different lengths (I’ve seen 18″, 24″ and I’ve got some 30″ ones that I have to source again lol). Those will create some great options with larger containers!

    • Skaie Knox on June 6, 2014 at 6:52 pm

      Hi Mark! I love your adaptation ideas! Please send us pictures if you DIY this project. Send to: skaie@homejelly.com. Thanks again and thanks for stopping by!

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