West Elm Inspired Perforated Globe Pendant Lamp

West Elm Inspired Globe Pendant

Yesterday I showed you my new dining room wall art, an Anthro knock-off plate collage.  That corner of my dining room wasn’t the only one to get a designer-inspired upgrade recently.   I was inspired by this Perforated Globe Pendant from West Elm and thought I could make a simpler DIY version. It would give me a chance to give my Dremel a real workout.

To make a Perforated Globe Pendant Lamp, you will need:
two large plastic bowls (the same size)
cheap duct tape
light bulb

NOTE: Since this was a complete experiment I went through the steps of the project in a very inefficient way.  I will show you the steps in the order you SHOULD do them, just don’t be thrown off if the pictures don’t look like they are in chronological order.

Pendant Lamp Bottom

For this project, you need two large plastic bowls that are the same size, so that when you put them together they make a large sphere.  It’s best if the plastic is somewhat rigid, not rubbery, because it will be easier  to work with.
Cut a large hole in the bottom of one bowl with tin snips and round it out using the sanding band attachment on a Dremel.  Cut a smaller hole in the bottom of the second bowl so it is just large enough to accommodate your lamp kit.
Run a line of E-6000 glue along the lip of one bowl, and set the other bowl down on top of it to make a sphere.  Use duct tape to keep the bowls together.  Let the glue cure overnight.

Tape Off Pattern

After the glue has cured, create your geometric pattern with strips of duct tape torn in half length-wise.  I used cheapo Dollar Tree duct tape because the adhesive is not as strong as Duck Tape and will come off more easily.  Painter’s tape won’t work well for this project because it will peel off the plastic too easily.

Dremel with Guide

Set up your Dremel with the largest drill bit and the depth guide set to about a half inch.  The depth guide will just keep you from going crazy with the Dremel and creating wonky holes.  I found that having my Dremel set at 6 was the perfect speed for creating the holes.  Anything slower than that, and it wouldn’t drill through.  Anything higher, and it would begin to melt the plastic around the hole.

Dremel in Pattern

Start drilling!  The Dremel makes the process unbelievably quick.  I initially thought that I would have to mark off where each hole would go, but that would have taken WAY too long.   I just eyeballed the spacing as  I went and attempted to keep the holes straight.  The perforations on the inspiration piece aren’t perfectly spaced either, so I wasn’t too concerned with perfection.

Remove Tape to Reveal Pattern

When I peeled back the tape, the hole pattern was revealed!  Keep drilling hundreds more holes.

Finished Pendant Pattern

This what it looked like after all the drilling was done and the tape was removed.  Pretty nifty as it was, but not what you would call sophisticated.  Nothing a little spray paint wouldn’t solve.

top and bottom of pendant

Just for reference, this is what the top and bottom of the pendant looked like before painting.

Painting Rig

I rigged up a way to hang the pendant in the garage so I could paint from all angles.

Painted Pendant Lamp


Please don’t judge my garage.

Then I hit it with a few coats of Valspar Navy Satin paint.   I debated between the navy and using my trusty ORB (to mimic the inspiration piece), but I just couldn’t get the idea of a sleek navy pendant light out of my head.  In the end, I am glad I went with the blue because it fits in so nicely with our home.

lamp1

I threaded the lamp kit into place and plugged it in.  Success!

lamp2

The pendant even looks snazzy when the light is off.

West Elm Inspired Pendant Lamp

I haven’t decided if the pendant will have a permanent home in our blue, yellow, and grey dining room or if I will move it out to our sun porch (that hopefully will get a makeover this summer).  But for the cost of a few plastic bowls and a lamp kit, we know have a chic hanging accent light that looks much more expensive than it is!
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Thanks,  Jessica Hill
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