With the busyness of spring, indoor projects have been on the back burner lately. But, I finally couldn’t take the horrible ‘chandelier’ that came with our house any longer. Something had to be done. Not only was it hideous, it was blinding. Just simply awful. I’ve been eying these oh so rustic chicken wire lampshades for quite some time now, and finally the shear terribleness of that pendant light over my kitchen table became too much for me. Before I knew it, I was buying a can of spray paint and pluggin’ in my glue gun. And of course, being the sweet blogger-friend that I am, I took some pictures so you can make one too!
2 Embroidery Hoops – I think mine were 14″ or 16″
Fabric – I used a scrap piece of drop cloth left over from curtains. Burlap would be lovely too.
Step 1: Cut your chicken wire to the same length as the size of your hoop (so mine was 14 or 16 inches long), the width can be whatever you want!
Step 2: Bring the short ends of the chicken wire together and bend the ends over to hold it together in a cylinder shape.
Step 3: Then place the inner hoop on the inside of the wire cylinder.
Step 4: Then place the outer hoop over the outer edge of the cylinder and tighten the hoop. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the other end of the cylinder. Be sure to bend any pointy wire tips over the inside hoop.
Step 5: At this point cut off the hook on your wire hanger and then bend it to make a diamond shape that will fit on top of the shade you have … or I’m sure you could purchase a pendant lamp kit and there should be some sort of mechanism to attach a shade included…but I’m cheap, and did this on a whim, so I came up with this contraption!
Step 6: I cut some wire and wrapped it around two sides of the hanger to attach it to the shade.
Step 7: Break out the spray paint and paint that sucker! I used an oiled bronze color…It turned out darker than I thought, but I still like the way it turned out.
Step 8: Once the shade is dry, take a piece of fabric, cut to the same width and length as the chicken wire, and hot glue it to the inside hoops.
Step 9: Like so… and once the top and bottom were glued, I glued the over lapping edges together along the width of the fabric.
Step 10: Hang it up and enjoy a little rustic farmhouse charm!
Ahh. Much better. Don’t you think?