West Elm Knock Off ~ DIY Bentwood Pendant Tutorial

MUST PIN!  Amazing West Elm Bentwood Pendant Light knock off by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.  Full tutorial and material list!

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.

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!

Steps:

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.

West Elm knock off

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!

Cost: 

  • 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

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Comments

  1. Marife says

    Love it.Totally pin-worthy. Quick question though, how did you arrange the hoops since inner ring is smaller than the outer ring?

    • says

      Hi Marife! Great question. Once we started placing them on, we couldn’t tell a bit of difference even though you are correct that the diameters of the inner and outer rings are different. So, to answer your question, we did use both the inner and outer rings, but did not arrange them in any particular manner since we couldn’t detect a difference once they were attached to the rings. Hope that helps!

  2. Lisa says

    I just finished mine last night and I LOVE it! Thanks so much for this great tutorial and the inspiration!

  3. Lindsay says

    I LOVE this light, and I can see it being a great summer project. One question though, how tall are your ceilings? And how long is the pendent from ceiling to bottom? I’d love to put in in my foyer, but I just don’t know if it will work!

    • says

      Hi Lindsay! Thank so much! Our ceilings are 9 feet tall in that room. The bentwood pendant itself is roughly 14 inches from top to bottom (the diameter of the quilting hoops). The drop of the pendant light itself can be totally adjusted depending on how low you want yours to hang. And, you could use smaller or larger quilting hoops. Hope that helps!

  4. says

    What a fabulous project. I love how much impact it makes!
    I’ve seen your projects several times and I’m always amazed by what you’re able to accomplish! When do you sleep? ;-)
    But seriously, I love the light!

    • says

      You are so sweet, Kim! Thank you! We have been so busy working on our kitchen makeover that I have not had any time to link up to parties. I hope to be back on a normal schedule by next week and will link it up then :)

  5. Kori says

    This is gorgeous! We just bought a house and have this 60′s style Tiffany lamp hanging above our table. I’ve been looking for something similar but also didn’t want to spend close to $200 on a lamp. Thanks so much…can’t wait to make it!

  6. says

    I love this! Great job at making it look spot on!
    I’m trying to find a place in my home for this light now… hmmm…
    Thank you for your inspiration!
    Coming over from Thrifty Decor Chick’s May B&A Party
    -Lindsey

    • says

      Hi Lindsey! Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you can find a spot for it :) Bear in mind you could make it bigger or smaller depending on the size of quilting hoops that you use. Have fun!

  7. Tammy says

    I looooove this light…we just switched out our master bedroom light however if I would have seen this tutorial I would have chosen this instead (I’ve even thought of switching it out however I think I will wait a bit as I believe my husband would not be a happy camper;)). I am trying to figure out where I could put it….curious to know just how much light it throws off? Would it be enough for a dining room or a foyer? Do you know if you can get a light socket that holds more than two bulbs?

    • says

      Hi Tammy! I didn’t see anything that would hold more than 2 lights, but I didn’t look very hard either. Our family room is pretty large (28 x 16 feet) and it lights up the room WAY more than we thought it would. In fact, we are thinking of putting it on a dimmer because it’s almost too bright. I can’t recall the wattage/lumens of the light bulb, but I think it would be more than enough for a dining room and probably a foyer (unless it was a HUGE foyer with really tall ceilings). I hope that helps!

  8. says

    This is so smart!! I absolutely love how this turned out!! You’re totally inspiring me to rethink our light fixtures and how we can jazz them up on the cheap! :)

  9. Kelly says

    Just stumbled across your blog and so glad I did! I’ve been looking for something to replace the awful light over our dining room table and this would be perfect – it’s gorgeous. I’m not super-crafty so I’m not sure how well this will go, but figure it might be work a try. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

    • says

      Hi Kelly! I love new readers! So happy to hear that you like our light and are thinking of making your own. Go for it! Don’t hesitate to ask me any questions along the way. Have a fabulous weekend!

  10. says

    This is gorgeous! Fantastic job! I just clicked over from Apartment Therapy and I would love to link to this if you didn’t mind.

  11. says

    I LOVE this pendant. Thinking about giving a similar version a go with a chandelier inside. Will post here if it actually happens and I blog about it ;)
    p.s. Also a decorator trapped in a lawyer’s body…

    • says

      Thank you so much, Melissa! So nice to meet another decorator trapped in a lawyer’s body! Glad I am not the only one :) I would love to see what you come up with for your pendant. Just checked out your fabulous blog. Love your new bathroom vanity. I do love the look of pedestal sinks, but having had them in the past, I would much rather have some storage :)

  12. Lisa E says

    Just found your blog, over from Thrifty Decor Chick. Absolutely love this. Want a new light fixture for office/craft room and this would be great. Totally inspiring. Can’t wait to check out the rest of your blog. Thanx for posting!

    • says

      Hi Lisa! Thank you so much for coming over from Thrifty Decor Chick! I hope you do make one of these for yourself. It was such a fun project. Let me know how it turns out if you make your own!

  13. says

    Oh wow – you are creative GENIUS – I would have never been able to think through that project the way you did – the finished product is stunning… and dare I say, better than the original! Way to go.

  14. 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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  1. […] Tasha from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body turned quilting hoops into a beautifully-shaped wood pendant light for her family. Tasha made just a couple of changes from her West Elm inspiration, including a darker stain color and socket adapter to allow for more light. That’s what you gotta love about DIY – you get exactly what you want for way less, in this case $150 less! […]

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