If you’ve had a chance to check out our most recent One Room Challenge space, our guest bedroom, then you’ll recognize today’s post! We tasked ourselves with a major budget for this room, and the lighting could have easily taken up the entire thing! After putting our creative hats on, we came up with this super easy lantern fixture, and budget friendly is an understatement : )
We picked up a basic pendent light, a light bulb, because I hear lights need those. Oh, and make sure to read how large of a bulb your fixture can hold before you purchase it so you don’t end up with something too large like this : ) andddd this $17 lantern from Homegoods!
M installed the pendent light, and because we discovered our ceiling used to be a different color and at the time repainting the ceiling was not an option, he slipped on this simple ceiling medallion during the installation.
The lantern we picked needed no prep work besides removing the glass candle holder. Easy peasy!
Now for the temporarily confusing part… In order to connect the two, we needed something sturdy (that was safe to be around heat) to act as a brace. We happened to have a coated wire hanger laying around, so a few snips and we had two pieces about 6″ long.
It was hard to get a good picture, but we basically trapped the two coated wire pieces in between the nut (comes with most pendent fixtures as that’s how you would add a shade) and the pendent light and slipped it in the lantern, making sure the add the bulb first because of how the lantern was built. Small hands were necessary for this step, since we needed to tighten the nut once it was in the lantern so that it was nice and sturdy, and to screw in the light bulb.
Ta-da! A DIY lantern light fixture for only $39. Bonus, it would be even less if the ceiling medallion wasn’t necessary and we already owned a lightbulb : )
This project could easily be done with anything that tickles your fancy, as long as light can go through it and you can come up with a creative way to attach the two together!
What do you think? What would you love to see as a chandelier? Try walking through Homegoods next time without thinking of every single pretty thing as a light fixture. It’s surprisingly difficult : )
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