When we went looking for lighting for our off-grid cabin we couldn’t find an affordable solution that fit out style. After much searching, we ended up with the DROPPAR Glass Pendant Light! The total cost of this project was $7 per lamp.
I started with a DROPPAR glass jar. Using a diamond glass cutting bit I carefully drilled a 1″ hole in the bottom of the jar. This is the hardest part of the hack, take your time and go slow! It important to use lots of water as coolant to avoid cracking the jar. And always wear safety glasses and gloves.
Next, I used a circular plastic cutting bit to cut a 3″ disk in 4mm acrylic glass. Use a bandsaw or hand saw to cut a 4mm wide slot from the edge of the disk to the centre point. This disk serves as a stopper for the electrical cord.
Then, I sanded the acrylic glass disk to give it a frosted look. Use a fine sandpaper and random patterns.
Now it’s just a matter of assembling the glass pendant light. Thread the electrical plug on your STRÅLA into the jar and out the hole you just drilled. Slip the cord into the slot in the acrylic glass disk near the socket end. This will stop the socket from passing through the hole. Screw in your RYET LED bulb and pull the cord tight.
Place the jar lid back on what is now the bottom of your light and plug it in. I have received many compliments on these glass pendant lights and requests to make them for others.
Jules Yap started IKEAHackers.net in 2006 as a personal blog to showcase the most impressive IKEA hacks from all over the world. Since then, she has learned a lot more about power tools and DIY. Her site has helped thousands modify IKEA furniture with step-by-step tutorials, craft projects and home styling.