• Hometalker
  • Canada

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:

diy kelly wearstler 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.

diy kelly wearstler lamp

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.

diy kelly wearstler lamp

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.

diy kelly wearstler lamp

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.

diy kelly wearstler lamp

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.

diy kelly wearstler lamp

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.

Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page. More info

Top Hometalk Projects

30 Creative Ways To Repurpose Baking Pans
31 Creative Garden Features Perfect For Summer
17 DIY-Inspiring Kitchen Backsplashes
15 Amazing Things You Can Make With Dollar Store Gems
17 DIY-Inspiring Kitchen Backsplashes
18 Fun Ways To Add Glitter To Your Home Decor
15 Genius Curtain Ideas To Instantly Upgrade Your Space
30 Creative Painting Techniques & Ideas You MUST See!
15 Genius Curtain Ideas To Instantly Upgrade Your Space
15 Genius Curtain Ideas To Instantly Upgrade Your Space
21 Totally Terrific Things You Can Do With Doilies
31 Amazing Furniture Flips You Have to See to Believe
Craft Organization Ideas Mom Will Love
16 Ways to Showcase Your Herb Garden
15 Genius Curtain Ideas To Instantly Upgrade Your Space

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


Have a question about this project?

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.

Join the conversation

4 of 15 comments
Your comment...