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 lamp  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: [email protected]

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Written By Skaie Knox

Skaie Knox is a storyteller on a quest to provide sparkling content through copywriting, songwriting and video production. She is founder of HomeJelly, Ruggable.com's key copywriter, a published singer/songwriter (Fervor Records/ASCAP) and kid's book author (Big Bug Lunch!). For doable DIY video tutorials, subscribe to her HomeJelly YouTube channel (for link, click on my nose!).

  • Laura

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

    • http://homejelly.wpengine.com Skaie Knox

      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!

  • Mark Coren

    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!

    • http://homejelly.wpengine.com Skaie Knox

      Hi Mark! I love your adaptation ideas! Please send us pictures if you DIY this project. Send to: [email protected]. Thanks again and thanks for stopping by!

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