Let there be light (and feathers)! I just about died when I saw this feather pendant come across my Pinterest feed a few weeks ago. I love how light and airy it looks and I immediately knew it had to try and make it as a DIY or my brain may explode into a billion tiny pieces. So to avoid that messy sounding tragedy, I decided to go for it! Here’s what I did:
–white feather trim (we used 8 trims to complete our light)
-hot glue gun
–rice paper lantern (make sure to get one that is supposed to be used with a lightbulb, as not all paper lanterns are approved for that type of use)
–pendant light kit (if you don’t already have one installed).
1. Starting at the bottom of your paper lantern, position your feather trim so that the feathers go an inch or so past the opening. You’ll notice that the feathers tend to all curve up or down, so you’ll want to turn them so they will curve upwards when the light is right side up (this give the light it’s fluffy look). Use the hot glue gun to glue the ribbon trim of the feathers onto the paper lantern and go all the way around the lantern to complete the circle of feathers.
2. Start the feather trim for your next row about 2 inches from the top of the first row and make another circle of feather. Continue this process until you have covered the bottom half of the lantern.
3. When covering the top half of the lantern, make your rows of feathers a little closer (about 1.5 inches from each other). With the way the feathers lay, you’ll notice gaps in the top half more than in the bottom half, so you’ll use more rows on the top.
4. When you get to the top, line up the ribbon edge of your trim with the top of the lantern when attaching the feathers to complete the pendant. All you have to do now is hang your pendant!
Note: If you don’t already have a pendant light kit installed from a previous light, you’ll have to have a professional electrician install the kit for you.
I’m actually a bit shocked the pendant came out this well! It has all the whimsical airiness of the more expensive version, but it was so much cheaper to make (and fun too!). It looks so light, I keep thinking that it’s going to fly away or float around the house when I’m not looking. Think you’ll try making one too? xo. Laura
NOTE: With the lightbulb-safe paper lantern and proper electrical work, this poses no abnormal fire hazard. As with the general rules of fire-safety, make sure to turn off your light if you leave the room or when you go to bed.
Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman.