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What makes a house a home? It’s in the details…that art collection hanging above your desk, the bottles you repurposed, the ceramic bud vases you collect, metal hardware, patterned wallpaper…we could go on and on. The ‘details’ are a reflection of your interests and taste, your adventures and experiments. Details are what inspire us to keep decorating our home, year after year, in the hopes that we will make our space even more ‘us’ than ever before. Sometimes the best details are handmade, which is why we’re featuring two lovely DIY projects from Design Sponge that will surely add more uniqueness to your home, because, well, they’re details.

How to Make Your Very Own Pyramid Bookends

photos and tutorial by Grace Bonney via Design Sponge

If you love a particular patterned fabric, but don’t want to add it to the main part of the room for fear that it will take over or be too “loud”, this is the ideal solution. At the same time, we bet that these bookends won’t go unnoticed and will make for a great conversation piece!  (We’re even thinking of making a couple for our coffee table to have as sculptural decoration!)

-two 13″ x 9″ cuts of fabric (Anne Kelle’s Remix Triangles in Black by Robert Kaufman were used in this tutorial)
-rice or beans
-pillow stuffing

-sewing machine

1. With right sides facing, fold the rectangle in half lengthwise to align the two 9″ edges, and sew them together.

2. Turn the fabric “tube” right-side out.

3. Fold the edges of one of the openings in about 1/2″, and stitch shut.

4. Fill the fabric pouch about 1/3 of the way full with rice or beans or just anything to weigh it down. Fill the remainder with pillow stuffing.
5. Fold the edges of the remaining opening in about 1/2″ shut, pin in place, and stitch shut, such that the seam is perpendicular to the previous one.
And for the slightly more advanced DIY-ers…
Aluminum Pendant
How to Make Your Very Own Aluminum Drum Pendant

 photos and tutorial by Erin Souder via Design Sponge

What’s great about this DIY pendant light is that there are a multitude of materials you can choose from!  Don’t be too quick discount a material that’s meant for something else (here Erin found inspiration at the local hardware store). For example, this DIY uses a grey metal sheet intended for large vents and radiators, but isn’t the pattern beautiful? The metal sheet also gives great stability and ensures the sculptural quality of the shade. Remember, the size, color, and pattern can all be adjusted to create a unique outcome! Let’s get started…


Decorative Metal Sheet – One sheet is big enough to make two shades
-22 gauge steel wire – cut into four 2″ pieces
-Old lamp shade – lamp shade should have large enough hole to fit a pendant kit and be smaller than 36″ circumference
-Pendant Light Kit
-Lightbulb – I used a round globe to give more interest to the finished piece!


-Work gloves & protective eyewear

Tin Snips – (they’re like scissors made for cutting metal)

-Needle-nose pliers

1. Measure the top circumference of your lampshade and add 1/2 inch to your measurement. Be sure to use the side that has the arms joining to the center hole. Take note of the distance between each wire arm as well. If you’d like to keep your new shade the same height as your old shade, mark down that measurement as well and also add 1/2 inch for the top fold.

Measure and mark out a piece of your metal sheet which matches the appropriate length (total circumference) and appropriate width (however low you want it to hang). Make the factory-finished edge of the sheet the bottom edge of your shade.

2. Take the paper, fabric, and bottom ring off of your lampshade. I got mine from the thrift store for about $2, so I didn’t feel terrible ripping it apart.

3. Using your Tin Snips, cut on your marks from step one, being sure to wear gloves because the cut metal is sharp!

4. Using needle-nose pliers and a straight edge (I used a cutting board), bend in the cut edge of your metal to a 90 degree angle.

5. Make ‘V’ shaped notches in the folded edge where the shade’s wire arms would hit.

6. If one of your wire arms will fall at the edge seam of the metal, cut an angle into each end (so when formed into a circle, it still makes a ‘V’). Slightly push the folded edge down a little bit so it creates a little crevice for the shade ring to fit within.

7. Carefully, (and still wearing your gloves!) wrap the metal around the shade ring, making sure that the finished edge of the metal is on top.

8. Using your needle-nose pliers, clamp the edge of the metal down onto the shade ring.

9. Fold your 2″ wire pieces in the center so they look like a hairpin. Thread each ‘pin’ through both overlapped sides at the seam and twist the backs tightly to secure. Repeat 3-4 times along the seam to create a nice drum shape.

10. (optional): spray paint the color of your choice! I did a matte black, but think an oil-rubbed bronze or gold would be my second choice!

Although the metal sheeting is a little pricey at $26 for the sheet, it makes two pendants, so with thriftstore shades at under $2 each and $3 pendant kits, you could create two great, customized pieces for less than $40!

More Do-It-Yourself Projects:

DIY Honeycomb Shelves

DIY Build Your Own Dining Room Table

DIY How to Distress Furniture

DIY Guide to Drought Resistant Plants

DIY Using Fashion Inspirations in Home Decor

DIY Remodeling Trends for 2014

DIY Terrariums

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