Ever since I found out that faux-stained glass window cling was a thing, I’ve been dying to use it in an unconventional way. And so I present to you, my Faux Stained Glass Pendant Shade.
Our dining room’s pendant light has been just an exposed bulb ever since we moved in. The previous tenants had used a large paper lantern as a shade, and kindly left it for us – but it was much too large for the space and looked really weird to me. As a renter, more permanent options aren’t viable, so I came up with this handy solution.
All it took to make was some window cling in the design of your choice, two embroidery hoops, paint, glue, paper clips to hold everything in place until the glue dries, and some way to suspend the shade (I used some jewelry wire I had laying around).\
First, I painted the inside ring of two 14″ embroidery hoops with black acrylic paint.
Then, I measured out how tall I wanted my shade to be, and cut the cling to size while it was still adhered to the paper backing it comes on.
Next, I glued the clling to my embroidery hoops. This step was just a little finicky – but using paper clips to hold everything in place while the glue dried helped a lot. I started by gluing and clipping a section of 6 – 8 inches on one embroidery hoop, and then did the same section on the opposite side on the other hoop.
After drying for an hour or so, I peeled off the paper backing that the cling came on and reapplying the clips. Then, I let the glue dry over night.
The next day, I used jewelry wire to hang the shade from the pendant chain.
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