You may have seen my post a few weeks back featuring some of my favorite light fixtures I used for inspiration for creating my own DIY light fixture. You can find that post here. I am happy to say I was able to use that inspiration to come up with a creative solution for a DIY light fixture for the nursery. I never did find a light fixture I thought was “perfect” for the nursery anyway, so creating my own worked out in the end. This was my first lighting project and I think it turned out great! No major disasters anyway. I would love to hear your thoughts!
I had two reasons for designing and making my own light fixture, versus buying one:
- Cost: I didn’t want to spend $300+ on a light fixture for the nursery
- Design and size: I wanted a hanging fixture instead of a flush mount and most hanging fixtures that I liked were too big and would hang too low, meaning my husband would hit his head if he wasn’t paying attention
I went round and round before coming up with a solution for a nursery-worthy, yet cost-friendly design. Once I stumbled upon this inexpensive Globe Pendent Light (which comes in several sizes), I came up with the idea to design and build something around it that would make a statement in the room, and wouldn’t be too complicated to build. And that ‘something’ was a simple, geometric cube I made out of wooden dowels, then painted white. I love the playful design and the allusion to childrens’ blocks. I also love the opaque glass (versus clear glass) because it gives a softer glow and so no one is blinded by staring directly at a light bulb. Here is the finished product, with progress pics below. I will share the rest of my design ideas on my next, and last, post before the holidays.
- Wooden Dowels: 4 @ 36 inches long x ½ inch thick (located in the trim section of the hardware store)
- Sea Gull Lighting, Hanging Globe 1-Light Pendent (8 inch size): http://www.homedepot.com/p/Sea-Gull-Lighting-Hanging-Globe-1-Light-White-Pendant-6018-15/203832089
- Wood Glue
- Paint (optional)
- Metal tubing (optional)
- Cut the wooden dowels to size:
- 4 pieces @ 9 ¾ inches long
- 8 pieces @ 8 ½ inches long
- Use wood clamps and wood glue to create 2 squares. ***Be careful to use the correct size pieces in the right places to ensure you get a perfect square cube. You might have to put your long-lost math hat on for this one***
- Once the 2 squares have been glued, use wood clamps and the remaining wood pieces to connect the squares with the remaining wood pieces.
- Sand a flat surface on one corner where you will drill a hole for pulling the electrical wires through
- Sand all edges and seams, and paint (if desired). I used a small paint roller and small brush to paint the cube the same color as the trim since I already had the paint. Spray paint would work too
- On the flattened corner, drill a hole (carefully) big enough for the electrical wires to be pulled through. We started with a small drill bit and drilled a small hole, then increased the drill bit size until the hole was big enough to pull the wires through
- After the cube was finished, we threaded the wires through the hole and installed the light fixture according to the manufacturer’s instructions
All in all, this project cost me under $75. The hanging globe fixture was $50 (for the 8-inch size), and supplies were about $25. I absolutely love the playful, yet modern design and I think it is perfect for a nursery.