So, it all started out when I saw this pin on Pinterest.
(via Cargo Collective via Pinterest)
I thought the lights they were just adorable. It would be a cheap and easy way to have a neat light in our living room. I got the shade, shopped Craigslist for a $5 pendant light (just to have the hanging hardware) and went to Lowes for paint sticks and paint. I did offer to pay for the paint sticks (I needed between 80-100), but the manager at Lowes just gave them to me. Score! I definitely underestimated how much paint I needed. I started out with half a sample (that I already had) and picked up another sample. I had to go back and get another sample. So, 2 1/2 samples later….I had enough.
So, I dipped each paint stick into a vase full of paint (going in at different angles/depths). I then let them dry. I repeated this process about 8 times until I had enough painted paint sticks.
I then laid them out on a table to see what pattern I liked. I tried to not over think this.
Then, I hot glued them to my shade. After I got the first one on, I realized that I should have gotten a shade that was the same size on the top and the bottom. Oh well, learn from my mistake. It still worked, but I would do it different next time.
DIY Paint Stick Light:
Linking up to Homemade Ginger and Our Fifth House for the Make It Challenge.