I had an empty spool from some ribbon and thought it would make a great drum pendant lamp for our doll’s room.
I’ll show you how I made mine, but there are lots of options for finishing your lamp; this is just one!
- Empty spool
- Battery operated light
- Thin, flexible wire
- Paint/paint brush
Start by deciding how you want to finish your lamp. I wanted to punch holes in mine for the light to shine through and I wanted to paint it.
I started by trimming one end so it would be even with the spool. I removed the other end completely..
Next, I sketched out a design. I chose concentric circles.
Then I used my little awl to punch holes along the sketched lines. You can use anything that will punch a hole – a nail, pin, etc.
Paint – 2 or 3 coats, on the outside; until you get good coverage. I only painted one coat on the inside.
Cut a piece of wire – about 10″ or so and wrap a couple of times around the base of the light
Twist the ends of the 3 pieces together and make a loop.
Run each piece under the wires at the base of the lamp; turn the piece of wire back on itself then wrap/twist the ends
Run the whole wire/light thingy through the hole in the spool. Hang the loop onto the chain then close the loop.
Your lamp is ready to hang!
Here’s a photo of what it looks like lit up at night
There are so many options for finishing this same lamp using an empty spool!
- Cover with pretty paper
- Wrap with ribbon
- Paint it metallic
- Wrap string or jute around the drum
- Paint a picture on the drum
- Add stickers or decals
- What are your ideas!!??