How to Make a Chopstick Pendant Lamp Shade

by Jennifer
7 Materials
1 Hour
I have no overhead lights in our living and dining area one of the downfalls of a 100 year old house. I have made several hanging lights for other parts of the house and this is one of them!icon
A bunch of chopsticks!
An old lampshade frame!
A cardboard tape roll and hot glue!
I put 4 sticks together and hot glued them to the cardboard and the bottom of the metal frame. The top part is smaller than the bottom part so I knew there would be gaps on the bottom.
I have a plan to cover that up!icon  
Now to paint then add the hanging light!
I used a metallic gold spray paint! I sprayed the outside and inside too! Zig zag trim in copper will cover the top and bottom! This covered up the glue, cardboard and metal that was showing.icon
I also used a bulb that doesn't get hot so the glue won't melt! Finished, hanging and put out some much needed light!!
A friend was over yesterday dropping off a generator (will be using that in the aftermath of hurricane Florence) and asked if I got that light at Pier 1 or World Bazaar! What a great compliment!! I told him I made it with chopsticks and now he is collecting chopsticks for me to make a really big shade for a Christmas present!icon

Like always comments and/or questions are always welcomed! Thanks for looking at my new pendant light! See ya next posticon !
Suggested materials:
  • Chopsticks   (on hand)
  • Lampshade frame   (on hand)
  • Cardboard tape roll   (on hand)
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  • Thea Thea on Jun 06, 2020

    You have great design talent and originality! I wish you posted more.

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    • Jennifer Jennifer on Jun 06, 2020

      Thank you so much Thea ! I'm finishing some floor lamps I made with large spools and handmade lampshades. They will each have a unique look/style; industrial, romantic/glam and country cute! I might post them soon or the jewelry I made with a bunch of clothespin springs I had leftover from some other things I made. Waste not want not, right! Oh, I meant to show you the new hanging light I finished yesterday! It replaces the chopstick one that is going in the kitchen with a repaint of white and black! The new one has a calming relaxing glow! I made it with vintage fabric, wood beads, brown cord and burlap trim ! Total upcycle!

  • Thea Thea on Jun 06, 2020

    Pretty but I still like the car part one the best🙃