Today I have a cross between an Anthropologie Beaded Necklace Pendant Knock Off and a Thrift Repurpose for #SwapItLikeItsHot. I received an interesting and challenging mix of items from Charlotte of Ciburbanity (the host of this fab series!) and I’m excited to put my creative skills to the test with the items I received.
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The items I chose to work with are the two chalkboard hanging stars. I actually didn’t realize they were some kind of hanging art until I went to pull the stars out of the box to work with them. The way they were sitting in the box made them look like a container of some kind.
I’m a huge fan of Anthropologie and had already been stalking the beaded neacklace pendant lamp so that’s probably where this whole idea came out. Lots of chunky wooden beads are involved with those pendants and because I love boho, I thought the chalkboard star “container” would make a really cool “bead” on the lamp.
I pulled leftover twisted fabric wrapped cord and wood stain out of my stash. Picked up a few different dowel rod sized (big and chunky ones), a plug and light socket. Once the supplies were gathered, it was time to get creative!
My husband pulled through for me and cut the dowel rod into big bead sized chunks and then drilled holes into each piece, making it a true bead. He even went in a sanded them for me. I pulled the stickers and hanging bit off the chalkboard stars and smooshed them together back into the “container” shape I thought they were all along. Husband then drilled a hole through them turning them into a fun bead. A huge part of this DIY goes to his efforts!
While he was doing all the power tool parts, I spray painted the bulb socket and played with our little guy.
I went in when he was finished and stained a large chunk of the cut wood dowel with the last of my “Special Walnut” Minwax stain, most of the remainder with “Ebony” Minwax Stain and a few I left in their natural state.
Whilst those dried, I went inside and wired the plug to one end of my cord. I wrapped a loose knot where I wanted the pendant to hang from the ceiling.
Then once the “beads” were dry, I played around with where and how I wanted the beads resting atop one another. When I was happy, I wired the socket onto the end of the cord. I hung the lamp from an ordinary hook, twisted in an Edison bulb, and let there be light!
I collected items for Melissa of Polished Habitat. You just wouldn’t believe her amazing transformation with one of the items I sent her. It’s so creative and beautiful!
Tune in all week to see the crazy items this talented group of bloggers has been making over! Search the hashtag #swapitlikeitshot on social media to follow along with all the fun or check out our Pinterest Board.You simply must take the weekend to check it all out!
The Edison bulb was provided by Parrot Uncle for this project.