Inprired By DIY: Urban Outfitters

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It’s time again for the monthly Inspired by DIY Challenge organized by my good friend Jess of Domicile 37. Each month, we find a piece from a store or designer that we find inspiring and create our own version, DIY style. This month’s inspiration is the always hip Urban Outfitters. I chose to DIY the Geo Diamond Pendant which retails for $69 only my version will come in at a fraction of the cost.

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 Materials needed:

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My project began with a gold metal geometric diamond I found on clearance at Hobby Lobby for just $4 but really any geometric shape would work as long as it s open enough in the middle to house a light bulb. I knew it would be easy to just knot a cord to the frame but I really wanted the light to look finished so when I found this allen + roth White Hanging Light Swag Kit at Lowes I knew it was the perfect solution. The kit actually works like a clamp with a tightening screw that allows it to attach to any object that will fit within the clamp.

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The first step to making my diamond fit was to file off the point.DSC01340

Doing this gives the clamp a level spot to screw down on.DSC01345

Have a look at how it works. After filing the top of the diamond flat I gave it a test fit. Perfect!

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But before attaching it permanently I removed all the stickers and gave the light kit a coat of gold spray paint so it would match the diamond (remember to mask off the cord.)

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Then I reattached it to the diamond. You’ll notice in the photo below the light clamp is a little off-center but adjustment is easy by loosening the clamp.

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Another plus of this kit is that it came with all the necessary hardware for installation as well as a switch already installed on the cord.

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So once you decide on the location of your hooks and add your vintage bulb your light is complete.

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and for right around $20 a budget friendly alternative to the Urban Outfitter Diamond Pendant.

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If you like this be sure to stop by and see what the other bloggers have been up to as they were inspired by Urban Outfitters.

 
A Designer at Home // Maggie Overby Studios // Pretty Practical Home // Domicile 37 

 

Comments

  1. This is awesome! My husband and I were looking at all of the projects last night and he asked how does one go about making a light fixture. I’m making him look at this. It was so easy! Thanks for sharing!

    • Iris I have done a lot of wiring and rewiring which usually involves me wandering around the hardware store scavenging parts (usually not electrical) to make my project work. When I ran accept this light kit I was so excited. It was exactly what I needed and totally genius. I can definitely think of a few more uses for it…

  2. This turned out great, Maggie! Lighting DIYs are some of my favorites. Always so creative! In your first pic I was scanning through seeing if I could guess which was the DIY. The light looks totally legit!

  3. O.M.Freak! You are a genius! You truly are. When you sent me your pic, I literally thought it was purchased like that and you just made minor updates. I like yours more than the original. I can so do this!!!!

    • Thanks Jess, it came out great thanks to that great light kit. I can think of all kinds of used for it and since it clamps down you could even use it horizontally.

  4. I had no idea that product existed, so this post is incredibly helpful. Your fixture turned out gorgeous and the the clamp/cord opens up a world of possibilities!

    • Doesn’t it? I was in awe too! The packaging shows it clamped to a standard shade where you would screw it onto the harp but really you could clap it anywhere!

  5. This is my kind of DIY! I actually prefer the finish of your fixture over the UO one. The modern geometric shape compliments the other geometric patterns in your nook. Thanks for the inspiration, Maggie!

  6. I can’t believe you made this for only $20 and I had no idea a light kit could come as a clamp. So cool!! Beautiful DIY my friend!!

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