DIY: Anthropologie Inspired Pendant Shade

DIY: Anthropologie Inspired Pendant Shade

Several months ago I saw this Anthropologie Log Cabin Pendant pictured below on Pinterest.  I thought it was so fun, and I loved the hand crafted detail.  It was $598… way out of my budget.

Anthropologie One-of-a-Kind Log Cabin Pendant

I looked for months for some cute wool coating in plaids or stripes to make one myself, but I couldn’t find what I was looking for anywhere.  I did find a nice remnant of oatmeal colored felted wool, so I decided to make my own plaid and stripe fabric.
I used a Scotch Blue Painters Tape Applicator, sponge brush, and FolkArt acrylic paint by Plaid in –Yellow Ochre, Autumn Leaves, Maple Syrup. Hunter Green, and Fresh Foliage to paint the wool.

Here are the general directions for the one I made.  
First, I measured the circumference of the pendant shade to figure out how many inches of fabric I needed to paint.

The pendant shade I worked with was 25 1/2″ in circumference, so I painted 30 inch lengths.

First I measured out the stripes and then used the Scotch Blue painters tape to make even lines.  I used the applicator wheel to press the seams down.  The pouncing method was used to paint the fabric.

I made the plaid the same way.  I love how the fabric turned out.  It really looks like pieces of wool blanket.

Next, I cut the green stripe fabric into three 9″ x 3″ sections and sewed them with wrong sides together in a strip using 1/4″ seam allowances.  The plaid fabric was cut into three 9″ x 4″ sections and sewed into a strip the same way.  Then the two colors were sewn together lining up all seams. 

A decorative blanket stitch was used along all the seams with DMC black floss.  The top was folded down a 1/4″ and and finished with a blanket stitch also.  Then I pulled the sewn fabric  down over the shade base and left the bottom edge raw.  It can be hot glued along the top edge.
It turned out just as I was hoping and adds a little custom detail to the guest room.

I hope you have a wonderful week.



  1. says

    You are amazing! I was completely impressed with the idea that you sewed it. Knowing that you painted the fabric takes it to a whole new level! Thanks for linking up to The “Autumn Décor” Talent Scouting Party at WhisperWood Cottage!

  2. says

    Adorable! I just bought a vintage travel trailer that I’m going to be fixing up and I think a little lamp with camp blankets in my color scheme would be adorable in there! Thanks for the inspiration! :o)


  3. says

    That is awesome, Mary! I didn’t even realized it was painted plaid until you said so. That is just too cool and just as awesome as the $598 version (only better because you made it). Thanks for sharing with air your laundry friday. I’ll be featuring this tonight!

  4. says

    Oh my goodness! I barely have words for house amazing this pendant shade is!! You did such a beautiful job! What a fun totally custom piece to have in your house! Just beautiful!


  5. says

    Popping over from Freckled Laundry to tell you how awesome this pendant is!!! So cool! My little man has a woodland room and I just bought some plain flannel for pillows. This would be so cute in his room too!