Floral Pendant

I’ve been Pinspired again.  It all started when I saw this fantastic fixture.

Then, I saw this tutorial detailing how to make a similar design using cardstock, complete with a free pattern.

I loved the look, but didn’t know where I could add yet another home-made pendant.  Light bulb!  In the stairwell.

If you can get past Ben’s faux grumpy expression, the half built wall, holes in the ceiling and wall, and the awful 70’s carpet, you’ll notice hanging wiring for a light.  Since this photo circa 2007, we’ve finished the half wall, filled the holes in the ceiling and wall, replaced the carpet and the light fixture.  The problems?  The fixture is a cheapo ‘boob’ light we had on hand, and it’s off centered.  Technically, the light is centered on the entire wall, but I’d prefer for the light to be centered over the stairs.

If we keep the light centered on the entire wall, we can’t have anything that hangs down because tall people (unlike myself) would hit their heads.  We still haven’t touched the kitchen, except installing a new faucet, but when we do, we’ll probably move that light fixture.  Ben is still undecided, so I decided to use materials I had on hand to make a floral pendant shade for a visual of a centered light.

Using 8.5 by 11 inch sheets of white cardstock, I started by tracing the free pattern on my sheets.

Then, I painstakingly cut out each piece, starting with 60 individual pieces.  Several hours and a hand cramp later, I got out my trusty glue gun to attach and assemble the design.  First, I made several five point flowers.

A quick reference to the original design to see how to assemble the five point flowers together, I was ready to go.  Basically, the long points join with short points and vice versa.

Gluing and assembling went much quicker than cutting.  Unfortunately, some of the glued pieces didn’t meet up perfectly, so the design is slightly lumpy.  Perhaps it is better to use brads to allow wiggle room.  Lesson learned.

If we move the wiring and we like the floral shade, I’ll make another, using brads.

For now, the lumpy place holder works as a lovely visual.

And, the paper templates are a good visual of an in the works gallery wall.  Of course, we’ll fill in the area on the right, but I’m too short to reach.  Right now, I’m trying to decide if I want to hang a picture (or a few) behind the light, or box around the temporary fixture with frames.  We’re also debating how close to the ceiling we want to get and whether to wrap the gallery around to the wall on the right.  Thoughts on the matter?

Now, the real question is how many gallery walls and DIY light fixtures belong in 2500 square feet?  Including those shown today,three gallery walls (the others are here and here) and three home-made fixtures (here and here) so far.

14 thoughts on “Floral Pendant

  1. I love it! I think you should wait to put the light up before making the decisions regarding the frames, because you’ll want to take into consideration where the light will fall in reference to the frames. It might get busy/cluttered looking if it hangs over the edge of a few frames, as opposed to in the center of one bigger one…. I don’t know, just thinking as I type!

    I do this all the time too: either via photoshop or actually making something to convince my husband to do what I need him to do! 🙂

  2. LOVE! I think it could even be done as a hanging pendant without a light at all (like in the corner of a room hung by a thread or fishing wire), kind of like a floating orb. 🙂 Or maybe I’m just nuts… but I’m going to try it anyway!

    1. Well, that was just a mock up to see if/where we wanted the light if we moved it. So, if we do move it, we’ll keep you updated! But, it will be a while before that will happen. Just a warning…

  3. I love this, but I always worry about doing it myself. Is it safe to use paper for a light? I worry about the lightbulb getting too hot.

    1. Hi Whit,

      Well, Ikea sells paper lanterns, and paper has been used for centuries. Just to be safe, use a CFL bulb because they don’t get as hot. And, you can use a larger shade to keep the paper as far from the bulb as possible. This shade is about 16 inches in diameter, so a low watt CFL shouldn’t be a problem. And we don’t have this light on for very long. Hope that helps!


  4. Looks great so far! I think it would be cool to box around the light fixture with frames and I say take it as close to the ceiling as you can get! I wouldn’t wrap it around to the other wall, though..that might just make it look cluttered.

  5. Good gravy, you just found yourself another follower! I fell in LOVE with this light fixture on Pinterest and was looking for a way to DIY it and found you. Looks great!

    And you made the bird cage fixture?! You’re my new hero!

    1. Oh Dina, you’re too sweet! I think the bird cage fixture is my favorite DIY light so far. 🙂 I’m glad you like it, too!


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