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28 DIY With Bookhou: Woven Lamp

D.I.Y. by Arounna Khounnoraj of Bookhou

what you need:
-strips of wood veneer (you can also get 3/4 in. veneer at the hardware store that is for ironing on the edge of shelves - you can also use strips of paper)
-white glue
-large clips (or clothes pins) - I started with four and found I needed more as I went along
-HEMMA ikea light
-small piece of cardstock

safety alert * use a low watt bulb and ensure material chosen is not touching or close to the bulb.

step 1-2
take the strip of wood veneer and make a circle shape to the desired size you want your lamp to be. place a small amount of glue to the attachment and hold with clip.

step 3
proceed the same way as in step one - creating an overlap on the other strip of veneer.
glue the attachment and secure with clip

step 4-5
take smaller strips and weave through the lamp continuing in a circular manner. secure any overlaps with glue and clip - also allow the glue to dry - it will make it easier to work with the shape.

step 6
while the glue is drying take the cardstock and unscrew the ring from the HEMMA pendant light

step 7
take the unscrewed component and place on card stock and trace the interior - take the scissors and cut out the circle - place the light through the card stock and screw the circular component back on the light

step 8
find a spot on your form for the light and pull through the cord. it's important to place the light in the centre so that the shape hangs leveled.

step 9
add glue to the card stock and secure it to the wood structure with clips

step 10
make sure there is a spot big enough for your hand to screw in the light bulb.
before you are done - look at the lamp and decide if you need more strips or if there are areas you need to secure with glue.

once your done - use the instructions in the HEMMA Ikea package on how to hang from your ceiling. Enjoy!



sarah said...

Amazing! I've been wanting to create a few different DIY pendant lights for my craft room. This is being added to the list!

second storie said...

So fantastic! This even looks easy!

anhesty said...

this is great! thanks for sharing!!!

David & Becky said...

Fantastic!! What is the biggest size you could feasibly make? I really hate the pendants in our rental and this is very inspiring.....

gabriella said...

Bookhou, I used to live 2 doors down from you until this month! Amazing work, and this is a great DIY! thanks!

arounna said...

david and becky:
the material is really light and also if your good with your glueing - there is no limit to scale.

so glad you all like the project.

Stitch, mom! said...

I think this is something that I can do and it looks lovely!

Stitch, mom!

kena said...

Interesting tutorial :)

Kristen said...

This is great! Love this idea. Thanks for the tutorial. (Found via Apt Therapy :)

seesaw designs said...

Looks manageable! This is such a cute idea.

jan said...

Thank you Arounna for this - I love it! Thinking of trying soon!

Green Been said...

wow wonderful!

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this is so cool. i love bookhou. thank you for this great DIY <3

lyndsay said...

so cool!! i just went to this place for the first time to check out doors and it was awe-inspiring for any wood lovers -- windsor plywood has tons of cool strips and bits of interesting wood. definitely worth checking out and getting inspired by all the random pieces of exotic lumber!


lilla a said...

Love it!

Heather - Dollarstorecrafts.com said...

What a cool lamp! I'm linking today at Dollar Store Crafts: http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2010/07/make-a-woven-wooden-lamp/

Tess said...

Oh my gosh, the wood veneer lamp is going on my dream project list. Thanks!

nikole said...

these are so great, arounna!

ólöf said...

this is lovely! clever and looks nice:)

flock of tea cosy said...

It's beautiful and I think I even have some leftover veneer. (I love that I found this via Camilla Engman's site over in Scandanavia, but you're here in Toronto ;)

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decoguy said...

this is a great idea, i love how easy this is. what size of wood veneer did you use? and are they fragile?

Ami said...

Great lamp, had to do this myself. Here you can see my result, abosultly inlove with it:


Anonymous said...

Great Lamp. What is the maximum wattage? Also, is a hot glue gun better than white glue?


I'm loving the art on the wall in your photo. Can you tell me who the artist is? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

We found your project really inspiring for our living room and yesterday we finished three on our own, reaching from 30 to 65cm in diameter.
Thank you for posting your idea! It looks simply fantastic! :)

Otto said...

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