DIY Bent Wood Light

Like my studio, the baby room has the unfortunate circumstance of not having an overhead light, which is a pet peeve of mine.  So, I crafted my own.  It's a knock off of the West Elm Bentwood pendent or the CB2 Peel Pendent.  I adapted the tutorial from this one, following the same basic steps, though I have to say, it wasn't quite as straight forward as they would have you believe.  There were some bumps in the road that I will address below.  But in the end, I think it looks awesome and for a fraction of the cost of the other guys' version.  

Keep reading for the instructions.


Step 1: glue three floral rings together in a stack, so you'll have two stacks of three.

Step 2: Cut 8 embroidery rings in half, so you'll have 16 halves.

Step 3: Gently pry off the brackets from the hoops

Step 4: smooth out edges

Step 5: Stain ring stacks

and the hoops

Step 6: use the brad nailer to nail the hoops onto the floral rings.

Step 7: very gently flip over and supporting the upper ring with upward pressure, nail the hoops into the top.  Now here is where it gets a little tricky, because the hoops are made of such fine wood and they aren't quite meant to bend in the way you want them to, you will probably have some that pop off.  

Step 8: When I had pieces pop off, I gently glued and taped them back into place and flipped the light over to do the same on the bottom.  Now, it took a lot of patience and a lot of drying time, we're talking 24 hours, before I gently peeled off the tape.  This thing is fragile, so don't be surprised if you have to do this a couple of times or if it hits the wall as you are hanging and you need to glue another couple down.

Step 9: Once it's finally all dry and set, tie your light in place with twine and you are ready to hang!