West Elm Knock Off ~ DIY Bentwood Pendant Tutorial

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Hello there!  I am so excited to show you how to make your very own West Elm knock off Bentwood Pendant today!  I had been swooning over West Elm’s Bentwood Pendant Lights for months, but I just could not bring myself to spend $189 on one for our family room.  I had to figure out a way to make one for myself.  After A LOT of head scratching, I finally figured it out and LOVE the results.

First, let’s review what West Elm’s version looks like.  Beautiful right?  But the $189 price tag did not work for my wallet.  Now, read on to learn how to make your very West Elm knock off Bentwood Pendant.  This post contains some affiliate links.  Click here to read my full disclosure policy.

Bentwood Pendants

Source: West Elm

Materials Needed to Make a West Elm Knock Off Bentwood Pendant:

All of the materials are available at craft and/or home improvement stores, as well.  We purchased most of our items in person and frankly, I spent less in person than I would have on Amazon because of coupons and in-store sales.  But if you get busy like us and don’t have time to shop for the materials in person, rest assured that Amazon sells almost everything you need for this project and it can be delivered right to your doorstep!


1) Glue your floral rings together, into two sets of 3.  Once the glue is dry, stain them with your wood stain.  Note that we chose a wood stain darker than that used on the West Elm version.  That was our personal preference, but you could certainly choose a different stain to more closely mirror the West Elm version.

West Elm knockoff

West Elm knock off

West Elm knock off

2) Remove the inner quilting hoops from the outer hoops.  You will use both the inner and outer hoops, for a total of 8 hoops.

3) Cut each hoop in half with your hand saw.  This will give you a total of 16 pieces.

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4) Once they are cut in half, you will need to remove the wood blocks from the outer hoops.  I used a butter knife to pry them off as gently as possible.  If the wood gets damaged in the process, DON’T panic!   Just be sure to position any damaged portions on the top of the light fixture so they won’t be seen.

5) Once the hoops are cut, stain each piece.

6) Next attach the wood pieces to the outside of the first set stacked floral rings, one at a time, using your nail gun.  You may also apply glue if you want extra adhesion.  Work your way all around the circle.  We used a total of 14 pieces of wood.

West Elm Knock Off

7) Next, attach the opposite ends of the wood pieces to the outside of the second set of stacked floral rings.

West Elm Knock Off

8) If you choose to use a Y socket adapter to allow for two light bulbs, you will want to spray paint it to match the finish of your pendant light kit.  In our case, we opted for an oil rubbed bronze finish.  We wanted two light bulbs because our family room is large and we wanted this fixture to produce as much light as possible.

West Elm Knock Off

 9) Now you need to attach your pendant light to the bentwood frame.  Because our pendant light kit was much smaller in diameter than the floral rings, we tied twine across the top of the light fixture to hold the pendant light in place.  I stained the twine to match the wood.

West Elm Knock Off

10) Now hang your beautiful light fixture and admire your work!


  • Quilting Hoops- $5 each x 4
  • Pendant Light Kit- $10
  • Y bulb socket adapter- $2.00
  • Floral rings- $.99 each x 6
  • Stain and Spray Paint- $0 (we had some on hand from other projects)

Total cost: $38.00

Our light fixture was modeled after the oblong Bentwood Pendant light by West Elm, which is $189.  That means I saved $150!   And I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the finished product hanging in our family room {you can check out our family room renovation here}.  Check it out!

MUST PIN!  Totally genius idea for making a West Elm knock off Bentwood Pendant light.  Full tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

MUST PIN!  Totally genius idea for making a West Elm Bentwood Pendant light Knock Off.  Full tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.Are you going to make one of these beauties for yourself?  What room will you put it in?  Will you go for a darker or lighter stain?  One or two light bulbs?  I will tell you, it was a FUN and relatively easy project.  I think you should go for it :)

MUST PIN!  Totally genius tutorial for making a West Elm Bentwood Pendant light Knock Off.  Full tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.  #westelmknockoff

MUST PIN!  Totally genius idea for making a West Elm Bentwood Pendant light Knock Off.  Full tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

MUST PIN! Totally genius idea for making a West Elm knock off Bentwood Pendant light. Full tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.  #westelmknockoff



  1. Hannah H. says

    Hi! I made this a few months ago and have the supplies to make a second. I’ve been holding off on making the 2nd and hanging the first because I’m a little confused on how you got the light to stay on using the twine. Would you mind sharing some tips on how you did that? Or an update on the staying power of attaching it?


    • says

      Hi Hannah! We just tied the twine really tightly around the cord. Since the space in between the twine is much more narrow than the collar of the light, the twine stays on the cord and it stays put. I hope that helps. PLEASE let me know if you have any other questions. I am happy to try to help! So excited to hear that you have already made one!

  2. Nancy says

    Love Love Love it!!! So excited to have found your site. I’m definitely going to do the light and the fabric chair… and probably more since those are the only two projects of yours I’ve seen. I love your tag, “Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body.” So true for many of us! Thanks… keep blogging :)

  3. Lindsay says

    LOVE your blog! I found you via Pinterest. I have to say I like the looks of your light better than the West Elm one. Thank you for the instructions and most of all, I love that you share where you bought items next to them. It saves followers so much time in the search and I know it took a lot of your time to find, make & then to share, so thanks!

  4. says

    This is so simple, but looks so elegant and expensive! I’ll have to have my dad help me give it a whirl next time he’s in town!! He’s my DIY lighting guru :)


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