DIY Kelly Wearstler Lamp

3 Materials
30 Minutes

I discovered Kelly Wearstler last year during a DIY challenge and couldn’t shake this Linden Lamp from the back of my mind. I’ve been thinking about that lamp for too long, so I decided to re-purpose a set of lamps that I’ve got kicking around from a previous craft and DIY it. Here is the finished lamp:

Materials for a DIY Kelly Wearstler Lamp

  • Lamp + lampshade
  • Americana Chalky Finish Paint in White
  • Paint Brushes
  • Air Dy Clay in white
  • Americana Acrylic Paint in Brilliant Red
  • Hot glue gun

Step 1: Clean the lamp you’re going to paint. I gave mine a good wipe with a wet washcloth, and then dried it off. It was in our garage before, so I wanted to make sure I wasn’t painting over dust and dirt.

Step 2: Painting over a gloss is super tricky. You can use the Zinser primers, but for this I tried the Americana Chalky Finish paint because it stuck so well to the plastic chargers I painted in the fall //  here //. It may take a few coats, but you’ll eventually get it all.

Step 3: While the lamp is drying roll the little balls out of the clay. I planned approximately how many I needed and made sure to roll-out some extra while I was at it. It will take a full 24 hrs to dry, so you’ll have to set these and come back to it tomorrow.

Step 4: This next part is pretty easy, you just hot glue the clay balls (once they’re dry) to the lamp in the pattern you’ve chosen. I decided to faithfully recreate the Linden Lamp, so I went for straight vertical rows.

Step 5: As you can see, the bottom coat of white is kind of sloppy, but that’s because I just wanted to get some coverage. The real fun comes when you apply your top coat of colour. I wanted to match the red of the lampshade I had, so I tried out a variety of shades my collection and settled on brilliant red.

Step 6: Wait for the last coat of paint to dry, add the lampshade, and voila! You now have a DIY Kelly Wearstler Lamp that you can enjoy in a variety of settings and styles.

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1 question
  • Vee
    on Aug 15, 2019

    I have a large cylindrical shaped lamp, I would like to do something with. I wonder if the glue gun attachment will hold-up over time? Also, wouldn't a good spray paint be easier? Pros and cons, anybody?

    • Robyn Garner
      on Aug 19, 2019

      I am thinking that ping pong balls would be the right size, lighter for attaching with glue and all uniform. You could slice the edge off so the side that gets glued on has more surface area.

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