Life update and a pendant light DIY!

So I haven’t been posting in forever just because life got a little crazy and I just couldn’t keep up with blogging on the side. Between starting my honours year, adjusting to how things work, renovating my room and several sudden decisions to travel overseas I haven’t been able to work up the effort to work on my blog. That’s not to say I don’t have any plans for new reviews! I’ve accumulated a load of new products I’ve been wanting to review but just never got around to *Hangs head in shame*.
In the meantime, here’s a quick pendant light DIY using Ikea products only!


You’ll need:
– 3 Hemma cord sets (Ikea now sells Hemma triple cord sets so I suggest using that instead)
– 3 Skurar plant pots of varying sizes
– Pencil, compass, ruler, scissors (don’t worry if you don’t have a compass)
– Piece of paper/cardboard
– Drill (with a slim bit for drilling into metal)*
– Metal file*
*If unsure of these items, check with your local handyman/woman. I just got my dad to help me with those parts.
SUKRAR_lamp DIY_hemmaSUKRAR_lamp DIY_tools

To make:
1. First, mark out a circle on the base of each pot and make sure they are centered. To do so, you can do one of two things: Trace the bulb holder on a piece of paper and cut that out OR measure the diameter of the bulb holder and use the compass to draw a circle with the corresponding diameter and cut out the circle.SUKRAR_lamp DIY_cardboardSUKRAR_lamp DIY_template





2. Use the circle paper stencil to guide your circle on the base of each pot. Place a piece of double sided tape on the back of the stencil to prevent the paper from slipping away while you are tracing the shape to the base of the pot.
3. Drill small holes along the marked circle on the base of the pot. To prevent the sides of the pot from buckling under the pressure of drilling, use a piece of wood to brace on the inside of the pot so you’ll end up drilling into a piece of wood on the other side. I’ve also attached the pot to the wood brace so it wouldn’t slip when I’m drilling the holes in.
SUKRAR_lamp DIY_drilling
4. Once you’ve drilled all around, gently knock out the center piece and file it down.
SUKRAR_lamp DIY_sanding
5. Repeat with all remaining pots.
6. *Only do this if you’re using individual Hemma cord sets: Drill two extra holes into one canopy and thread the other two light cords through the holes.
7. Connect up the lights according to your local electrical requirements.
8. Bask in the glory that is your new pendant light!
SUKRAR_lamp DIY_done

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  • Rebecca B. Bird

    Very cute! We were actually going to go to Ikea this weekend, I may pick up some of those flower pots just to keep stuff in…

    • Sam Bear | A Curiosity

      They are really handy for little things that have no place to go! You can spray paint the pots as well for a little bit of colour! Just make sure to tape off areas you don’t want paint to be at and use a lot of newspapers to cover the ground where you’ll be spray painting! I didn’t use enough ground cover and there’s a lovely square marked on my parent’s driveway haha