Home Depot paint stir sticks. Source:

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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