DIY:: Wood Bead Wall Sconce

There are a lot of fun things about working at an interior design business.  Beautiful fabrics and finishes, lots of creativity, etc.  Sometimes you spend a lot of time looking at beautiful things and your like yessssssss, but then you remember that your husband is still in school and your like “I wonder if Home Goods sells that…”.  I have been seeing these wood bead chandeliers everywhere and I think they are so beautiful!  But because I live in an apartment, there is only so much I can do here.  Time to get creative!

When we first moved here there was this hideous wall light in the hallway.  It killed my soul every time I looked at it.  I ran to Home Depot one day and grabbed a super cheap little wall sconce, it wasn’t anything special, but literally anything was an improvement.  The Home Depot sconce has been up for a year or two and I always meant to paint it or spruce it up somehow.  I was looking at it a few days ago, trying to figure out how to make it cute and then it hit me… wood beads!!!


Small Spider Shade (Buy Shade Here)

Jute Rope (You can get this at any craft/ hardware store)

Unfinished Wood Beads- 2 Sizes (Buy Wood Beads Here)

Folk Art Enamel Paint in Metallic Gold (Buy Enamel Paint Here)


Hot Glue Gun


Step 1:

I started by disassembling the sconce and painting two coats of gold paint.  All of the frames in my hallway are gold, so I kind of have a theme goin’ on.  I used Folk Art enamel paint in metallic gold, it is made to go on glass, so I figured it would also stick to metal and it did!  It gave it more of a brushed gold look than a weird/ flat spray paint gold, which I wanted for this fixture.  I also ended up going back and painting the white sleeve that the light bulb screws into, since it is visible without the frosted glass shade on it- duh, Lindsey.




Step 2:

Disassemble your spider shade.  Once you rip the fabric off, you will be left with two rings, we are only going to be using the smaller ring attached to the spider.  Using wire cutters, snip off a little section of the small ring, so that the ring doesn’t hit the wall once the sconce is mounted (see below).  This part takes a little strength to get through the wire and I totally did it all by myself…without the help of my husband at all…just kidding, my hand almost fell off trying to do that, so I had to enlist him.




Step 3:

After you (or your significant other) snips a section from the small ring, glue it to the sleeve around where the bulb screws in.



Step 4:

Next, wrap your jute around all of the wire that makes up the spider shade portion of the light.  This will add to that natural look that is a fun juxtaposition from the brass.



Step 5:

Now, park yourself on the couch and start beading.  I tied a double knot of jute on the top and left myself a long (probably arms length) piece, so that I could do a tassel at the end.  My shade has 10 lengths of beads around it, with 5 large beads + 10 small beads on each length.


Step 6:

After you’ve made all of your strands of beads, tie them in a knot and secure them around the base, I glued mine around the little switch at the bottom since I don’t use that to turn this on and off.  Now, you can trim your tassel to the desired length!


Voila!  You now have a super cute and unique light fixture that only costs about $15 to spruce up!



Thank you for reading.  I hope you enjoyed this post!


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