Ya’ll know how I feel about fringe, pompoms and tassels — and I’ve done fringe lamp DIYs in the past (like this one from three years ago), but a few weeks ago I had the idea to incorporate some kind of natural material in a fringe pendant lamp, like rattan or bamboo. My mind immediately went to the Asian conical hat, commonly known as an Asian rice hat or farmer’s hat, to use as a base. When I was a child my family and I spent a month in Indonesia and we brought back one of these hats. We used to use it as a lamp shade, among other things, and so it was an easy leap in my mind to use it as a base for this project.
The pendant lamps were crazy simple to make. See below for instructions and materials.
I found the three hats I wanted to use as a base. Then I bought fringe in different colors and lengths, and lighting kits. I cut small holes in the tips of the hats with a sharp pair of scissors so that the lighting kits could fit through the top. Then I hot-glued the fringe around the base of the hats. Once the glue dried, I hung the hats from the lamp cord and BOOM — that was it. The whole project took me about 30 minutes for all three lamps.
I think these would look amazing in a large cluster over a dining table, and they were so easy and affordable to make that I think it’s also a great idea for an event like a wedding decor.
*Make sure that your light bulb doesn’t touch the bamboo and use a low-wattage light bulbs. Be safe and enjoy!