DIY Gold Light - Anthropologie Hack

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Were you able to guess which one of my weekly faves I'd make (for a recap see image below)? I love putting the question out there and then seeing what my followers actually think I'm capable of (can you imagine if I attempted that gorgeous shield mirror. I think it would spell disaster or at the very least seven years bad luck). In the end I decided to make the DIY gold light - Anthropologie hack. This unique gold stick chandelier is a super easy and affordable DIY project. The original Gathered Glow Anthropologie light fixture is priced well above $1,000. I DIY'ed this sucker for less than $10.

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If you're not familiar with this feature here it is in a nut shell, I post my weekly favourite finds (below) at the beginning of the week and then by the end of the week I make one of them (or at least attempt to). This week I decided to DIY the gold light from Anthropologie.

Weekly Favourite Finds - DIY Gold Light - Anthropologie Hack
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Here is the original unique light fixture from Anthropologie (Gathered Glow Chandelier - Anthropologie)

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Here are the items I used to make it. A lamp shade from the thrift store, hot glue, gold scissors, drinking straws (or wood dowels) and Krylon gold spray paint.

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I started by hot gluing the straws onto the lamp shade in a organized random fashion with a general pattern going up and down. This part took a bit of time but I found that working in sections, pouring the glue on and then laying down 5 straws at a time helped speed things along.

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After all the straws were glued on securely I simply spray painted the inside and outside of the lampshade gold.

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I know the Anthropologie version is a chandelier but I decided to use this puppy as a cute little lamp in my office.

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Stay tuned to Instagram for future projects and sneak peeks via my stories.

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  2. This is AMAZING!!

    How did you remove the old lamp from behind it while keeping the structure?

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    1. Thanks Cassidy! I didn't remove the old lamp actually, he he, I just cut it shorter than the straws. Hope that helps :)

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  3. Wow, this is literally spectactular!

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  4. I love this idea!! Thanks for sharing! Questions about the straws - from the top of the lamp, can you still see the striped inside of the straw? Also, if you press on the straws, does the paint chip?

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    1. You could see the lines inside a bit but I spray painted down as well to cover the inside as much as possible. Yes, some of the paint chipped when I pressed the straw so I gave it a coat of varnish and avoided pressing one the straws. Thanks for your comment!

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  5. I love the idea. You could also use small wood dowels cut the same size. that would eliminate any cracking problem.

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    1. Oh good call! Another reader suggested metal straws. Both ways would make it feel stronger for sure. Thanks for the comment!

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  6. Genius!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

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  7. p.s. how many drinking straws did you use, and width of the shade? (no, i'm not copying this idea, not at all....)

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    1. haha copy away. I think I used approx 80 straws. The width of my shade was around 8". Hope this helps. Thanks for the comment : )

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  8. I’ve been drooling over these style of lamps for a very long time and I can’t believe how gorgeous yours came out! I was thinking too that you can buy stainless steel drinking straws for this also. They would keep their shape for sure. Amazon sells a 48 pk. for $23.99 which would certainly be in line with pricing.
    You could also fill in the plastic straws with wall spackle or something along those lines so they hold their shape.
    I am just so in love with the one you did and you did such a good job on that! Kudos!

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    1. P.S. I am also in love with that bulletin board? Did you make that? It so, details please!! 😊

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    2. Great call on the metal straws or the spackle. It would definitely make the shade stronger. Unfortunately I didn't make the bulletin board but that's another good idea...adding it to the list now : ) Thanks again for your comments.

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  9. Hi! Can you add a pic of the finished shade lit up? It’s gorgeous but I’d like to see how the light shines through...

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