Friends! I had to get a little crafty this weekend as I was working to wrap up the desk area in the attic. I found this wall sconce (below) online and I thought it was perfect for the vibe I was going for—but I didn’t want to wait for shipping and I figured I could easily DIY it without having to worry about wiring it thanks to this Magic Light Trick.
So I ran to Walmart and picked up this and the rest of the items I already had on hand. I used:
- a wooden jar candle lid for the base (but you could use a wooden disk to get the look)
- a 1″ wooden dowel
- an old belt
- a puck light with remote
- black plastic tumbler
- 3/4″ screws
- Black Electrical tape, optional
- Command Strips
- Minwax Stain Special Walnut, and Classic Gray (Penetrating Wood Stain)
Here’s what to do:
Cut the belt to size (12″) and drill a hole 1/2″ from each end.
Next, drill holes 1 5/8″ from the bottom of each side of the cup and attach the belt creating a loop with small screws.
Next, add Command strips to attach the puck light to the bottom of the cup.
Stain your wood dowels to your liking. I layered Minwax Penetrating Wood Stain in Special Walnut with Classic Gray.
For the base, aka jar candle lid, I removed the rubber flange and then spray painted it black.
Using a small drill bit, pre-drill a hole in the dowel and in the center of the wood disk, and screw them together with a wood screw. Also screw two holes on each side of the disk (candle jar lid) to attach it to the wall.
I hung my little cup lantern onto the dowel and adjusted it as needed. After looking at it for a bit, I decided that I liked the idea of the loop being pinched right below the dowel, so I added some black electrical tape to hold it in place.
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This DIY Sconce came out better than I imagined! I love that it can be positioned for task lighting, or as way to feature the photos below.