DIY Project: Book Page Pendant Light

diy book lampshade light indoor sojourner

Every now and then, I have the strange and sudden urge to do something crafty. After my mom showed me this upcycled pendant light on Pinterest, I decided that I could make one myself instead of spending $125 for it on Etsy! This is a great project if you're not well versed in the art of crafting but want to make a unique conversation piece for your home.



1. Carefully rip out two to three pages from your book at a time; be sure to use pages that have a good bit of text. 

2. Cut the pages into strips that are about 9 inches long and 1 inch wide. Or however you want, since it's your lamp, after all. Be sure to cut off the white space of the margins as well.

diy book lampshade light indoor sojourner

3. Wrap the strips around your curling iron until they're curled to your liking.

diy book lampshade light indoor sojourner
diy book lampshade light indoor sojourner

4. Cut the burlap ribbon with scissors and the vellum paper with the scrapbooking trimmer. Make sure they're generally the same size as the page strips.

diy book lampshade light indoor sojourner

5. Curl the vellum paper with your curling iron. 

6. Shape your burlap ribbon into a spiral shape. Like I said in the Materials section, It's important that you use burlap ribbon with wire edges so you can easily shape it without heat. I simply curled the strip around my finger and adjusted it until it looked similar to the pages.

7. Glue the page strips onto the lampshade. Mix a few pieces of burlap and vellum paper throughout. Whether you glue them in a circular pattern like I did or place them randomly like the Pinterest version, it'll look fantastic hanging over your reading space!

diy book lampshade light indoor sojourner

The Finished Product

diy book lampshade light indoor sojourner

diy book lampshade light indoor sojourner

diy book lampshade light indoor sojourner

diy book lampshade light indoor sojourner

There you have it! All together, this took about 12 hours to make, but it was definitely worth it. If you have any questions, feel free to mention them in the comments and I'll answer them as soon as possible.

Thanks for reading,

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Monthly Musical Musings #3: The Mara Dyer Trilogy!

Welcome to another installment of Monthly Musical Musings! In honor of The Mara Dyer Trilogy box set* being released today, his month's playlist is based on this stunning series by Michelle Hodkins. I originally made this playlist almost a year ago, but I still update it regularly with new music whenever I hear songs that remind me of this series. I hope you enjoy it!

click the image to go to the playlist!


1. Seven Devils · Florence + the Machine
2. Who We Are · Imagine Dragons
3. Come As You Are · Yuna
4. Yellow Flicker Beat · Lorde
5. We Must Be Killers · Mikky Ekko
6. My Body is a Cage · Arcade Fire
7. Arsonist's Lullabye · Hozier
8. Disappear (Demo Version) · Mikky Ekko
9. You're the One That I Want · Lo Fang
10. Say When · The Fray
11. Wildest Dreams · Taylor Swift
12. Toxic · Yael Naïm 
13. Falling · The Civil Wars

*I'm promoting the Mara Dyer trilogy because I like it and I hope you will too; with that said, I am an Amazon affiliate, so if you click this link, I'll get commissions for the purchases made through it.