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West Elm Knock Off ~ DIY Bentwood Pendant Tutorial

April 19, 2014

Learn how to make a DIY bentwood pendant for a fraction of the price of the designer inspiration version!

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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.

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 $199 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 for your convenience.  Click here to read my full disclosure policy.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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 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.

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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 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 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 :)  Be sure to pin it so that you can find it later.

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  1. […] from the price tag on a West Elm Bentwood light, this crafter made their own chic knockoff with quilting hoops — for a fifth of the […]

  2. Lidia says:

    One word: brilliant!!! (Maybe two: Beautiful!) :)

  3. Jana says:

    How wide are the hoops you used to make this? I went to Michael’s to get supplies to make this and the hoops were only 3/8″ wide and just didn’t look right.

  4. Sandy says:

    Absolute genius and I fully intend to copy it!

  5. Jana says:

    Could you mention where you got your light bulbs? I’ve made this light fixture and love it, but can’t find bulbs that look as good as yours. Thanks for posting this–it’s genius!

    • Tasha says:

      Thanks Jana! I cannot remember where I got them. Try some online specialty lightbulb shops!

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  8. maureen says:

    Tasha
    This is brilliant!!! I just discovered your site. LOVE it!
    Thanks for the directions and supply lists. This really helps.
    Maureen

  9. Angie says:

    Thank you so much! Am gathering the supplies to make this. The instructions are superb.

  10. MaryLou Trahan says:

    I love what you have done. Makes my heart sing!

  11. Deborah Yeary says:

    I love it when someone out smarts the high dollar stores. This is beautiful.

  12. Joanne says:

    I love this! I am about to move into a house where all of the lighting will need to be replaced which could end up costing me a pretty penny. May I ask how you measured the hoops to ensure they were the same size? Thanks

    • Tasha says:

      The hoops are premade so they are all the same size. You cut them all in half exactly! Hope that helps!

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  15. Kelli Phippen says:

    This is absolutely amazing! I was looking for a way to make some wooden orbs like this for a two-light fixture that hangs over my dining table that has super ugly frosted shades now. My question is, because I have to make two and don’t want them to be so big that they touch each other once they’re on the fixture, could you tell me the finished diameter of yours? I assume if it’s too big I could just make them smaller by using smaller quilter’s rings? Thank you so much!

    • Tasha says:

      I would advise you to definitely buy smaller hoops. I don’t know the exact diameter but it is a good size and I think would be too big for a double fixture. Hope this helps!

  16. Allyson says:

    How did you stain the hoops? Was it difficult?

  17. Shara says:

    This is awesome! Thank you so much for this! I have a bunch of long thin strips of scrap wood I need to find a use for and a foyer light to replace. This project kills two birds with one stone!

  18. JoAnn Brewer says:

    Just found your site. Love the name of your site…what a hoot! I had to laugh and then I had to look! Its a great site and very informative. I’ll be back. :)

  19. Kelli says:

    I’ve been wanting to solve the boob light explosion in my home. This would look great in my hall way. Thanks for the easy to follow tutorial and the supply list.

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  23. […] a showstopping West Elm light fixture caught her eye, Tasha from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body knew she had to have it in her own home. The steep price tag, however, deterred her from purchasing […]

  24. Megan says:

    This is beautiful – and such a great tutorial! I have been scouring the land of pinterest for diy pendant light ideas and this one is my favorite!! Love your blog :)

  25. Rania says:

    Wow this is amazing! SO fun and creative. Any ideas how to DIY an urchin lamp??

  26. What a genius idea!! I’ve been looking for a cheap pendant for our living room and I think this fits the bill. I will be trying this soon! Last year I made a chandelier out of a hanging plant basket — there are so many great pendant hack ideas!

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  30. samantha says:

    I just finished making this and I love it! However when i turn the light on I get stripped shadows all over my walls and ceiling. Did you run into this problem?

    • Tasha A. says:

      Hi Samantha. Yes, any light that has a pattern of positive and negative space will cast shadows. I hope that helps.

  31. Iara says:

    I really love this fixture and am close to completing it. All the parts are ready for assembly but I am struggling with how I am going to change bulbs. Once the double bulbs are screwed in and put thru the hoop, i’ll nail the rings on the glued floral hoops and it will be virtually imposssable to change out bulbs in the future…any suggestions?

  32. Shirley says:

    I love this! What an amazing job you did! I would love to try it!

  33. Zest it Up says:

    Wow turned out great! Awesome DIY :)

  34. Roxanne says:

    This came out great! I didn’t know about the Y socket adapters…I have a light fixture project to start soon, and that will come in handy! Pinned!

  35. Ruthie says:

    Absolutely love this post! I really want to try and make it for our basement! I like yours better than West Elms!

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  37. Completely gorgeous! I am seriously thinking of trying this out. Does the light shine well through the wooden hoops or do you find there are shadows everywhere?

  38. Angela Lee says:

    Yours looks better than the original!! Very creative and it looks fantastic!

  39. I LOVE this! I totally want to make one now. Im thinking in my dining room. You got the wheels turning. ;) Thanks

  40. Anna says:

    Hi, I love this project and want to make it. I’m wondering what your finished width is so I can get the right size hoops for my space.

    Thanks!

  41. MJ says:

    That is GORGEOUS! Pinning this for future use. :) Great job!!

  42. Stacy says:

    This is probably a dumb question… But is using the wooden hoopes and cardboard garden circles a fire hazard? I feel like they could/woukd burn more easily….

    • Tasha A. says:

      Not a stupid question at all, Stacy! I asked my husband, who is a firefighter, the same thing. The light bulbs sit far enough away from all the wood pieces and there is so much ventilation between the wood pieces that they never seem to get warm from the light. I hope that helps!

  43. Amy Caudill says:

    So excited to have found your site. Great ideas!

  44. Jennifer says:

    I love this! I think your’s is way cuter, too!! Will definitely be asking the hubs to help make this!

  45. […] From here But I had a hard time finding all the items and was dreading putting it all together. Then I ran across a posting on the good old Dripping Springs Garage Sale Facebook page for a light fixture that was similar to our dining room fixture for $50! It was slightly damaged but the way our kitchen sits, you’d never see it! Long story a little shorter- turns out it was our neighbor four houses away that I hadn’t met yet… In the same model house as ours! With a little magic from Nelli I had a new $200 light fixture for $50 in just a few minutes!!! […]

  46. 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?

    Thanks!

    • Tasha A. 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!

  47. Annette says:

    Love this tutorial! Can you tell me what stain color you used?

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  50. 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 :)

  51. 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!

  52. Wow and Wow! This is just wonderful! I’m going to have to make myself one!
    I found your post on Pinterest.

  53. […] in their room to ground it since I was adding so many painted pieces. As I Googled, I came across this beauty from Tasha at Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body. Pretty nice, right?! I like hers better […]

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  56. Erin says:

    I just died! This is beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing!

    Swinging by from SITS!

  57. Nichole says:

    Yours looks incredible! Stopping by from SITSgirls!

  58. Mary 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 :)

  59. 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.

  60. That looks absolutely amazing! Now I wish I had a room to put one in!!

  61. Very clever–love it! Visiting from SITS…

  62. Awesome job! I love seeing things that can look like the expensive store version made on the cheap!

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  66. Traci says:

    I like your version better. It looks fabulous and I really like the dark color.
    Traci

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  68. 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!

    • Tasha A. 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!

  69. 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…

    • Tasha A. 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 :)

  70. Rachel 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.

    • Tasha A. says:

      Thank you, Rachel! I really appreciate you popping over from AT and would be THRILLED for you to link to my project. Thank you!

  71. […] 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! […]

  72. Mel says:

    This looks great! I am wondering if your version has the same “light effect” and reflects lines on the ceiling like in these pictures?

    http://www.houzz.com/photos/9507911/Deerfield-Lane-Remodel-modern-dining-room-other-metro

    http://www.houzz.com/photos/7150132/east-32nd-ave-contemporary-staircase-vancouver

    • Tasha A. says:

      Thank you, Mel! Yes, the light does have the same “light effect” like in this links you included. Hope that helps!

  73. 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! :)

    • Tasha A. 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!

  74. Christina 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! :)

  75. 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?

    • Tasha A. 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!

  76. Lindsey 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

    • Tasha A. 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!

  77. 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!

    • Tasha A. says:

      Awww, thank you so much, Kori! I am so glad you like it well enough to make it. I would LOVE to see how yours turns out.

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  79. Crazy awesome! Great job girl and I hope you will share at Get Schooled Saturday tomorrow:)

    • Tasha A. 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 :)

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  81. Kelli Fox says:

    oh wow i love this so much! i have got to make it – but need to figure out what room to put it in! great job :)

    • Tasha A. says:

      Thanks so much, Kelli! You could make it smaller or larger and could even paint it a color! I am sure you will find some place for it :)

  82. 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!

  83. You did such an awesome job on this Tasha! Pinning! :)

  84. Amelia says:

    That is pretty cool! Nice work!

  85. 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!

    • Tasha A. 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!

  86. That is amazing! I want one maybe two. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  87. Lisa says:

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

  88. 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?

    • Tasha A. 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!

  89. It looks SO good in your family room! Great job Tasha!

  90. Loving this so much! It looks like the real deal. Great job.

  91. Havalah says:

    I’m seriously in love! now if I can just convince my husband, I really want to make one for over our dining table. Thanks for sharing.

  92. Mindi says:

    This is so amazing Tasha!! Beautiful!! Totally pinned!

  93. Erlene says:

    That’s amazing and I’m totally speechless. It looks like the very expensive version. Pinned.

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