I keep on seeing this fringed pendant light by Hans Agne Jakobsson from 1960’s (pictured above left). I noticed it first on Pinterest, and then I saw it again in person while visiting The Apartment by The Line in West Hollywood a few weeks ago. I love this lamp, it’s a real honey, but the price tag (hovering around $2000) was not happening for me, so I decided to try my hand at DIY’ing a version (pictured above, right), and I gotta say, I’m pretty happy with my $56 version that was so easy to make (and I put it all together in less than one hour)! Keep reading for the DIY instructions…
- This was probably the trickiest thing to find, but I finally found it, and you may be surprised to learn that it’s a canning rack from Williams Sonoma. I simply removed the handles.
- Next, you’ll need some kind of brass/gold banding for around the top. I chose this kind. (You’ll need a little over 1 yard if you’re using the above canning rack.)
- Fringe trim. You’ll need four different sizes. Pick whatever colors you fancy. I got my fringe from here, and I got one yard of each of these:
10″ Long Oyster Chainette FringeTrim
8″ Long Natural Chainette FringeTrim Rayon
6″ Long Natural Chainette FringeTrim Rayon
4″ Long Ivory Chainette FringeTrim Rayon
- Hot glue gun and glue
- Basic cord kit (if you plant to electrify the lamp).
Once you have all of your materials, putting it together is pretty straight forward.
- Leave the bottom threads that hold the fringe together on the bottom of the fringe until the very end.
- Starting with the second innermost ring and the 10″ fringe, hot glue the top of the fringe to the ring. Once you’ve glued it all the way around, trim off any additional fringe (don’t overlap it at all).
- Do the same thing on the next ring with the 8″ fringe.
- Repeat on the next ring with the 6″ fringe.
- Repeat on the outermost ring with the 4″ fringe.
- Hot glue the metal band to the outermost ring (covering the top on the fringe).
- Once all the fringe is glues to the base, you can remove the threads at the bottom of the fringe that keep the fringe from tangling.
- Use a basic cord kit (like this one) if you want to electrify the lamp. Be sure to consult an electrician to make sure it’s safe to use.
- Attach string to three sides of the 2nd ring to hang.
- Save $1,940 :D
Pretty excited about this one. I think it would look beautiful over a dining table or in an entryway, but could also be really pretty in a nursery, don’t you think? Next one I might try using ombre colors…
Photos by J. Blakeney.