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DIY Sconces - Turning Snacks into Sconces

Hello, hello! Happy New Year!


Just before the new year, I had one of my middle-of-the-night ideas and it wasn't a disaster!


I only have one full wall in my little dining room which was just too plain. In an effort to fill it temporarily, I had a hanging eucalyptus photo display but I didn't like that after the first day. I knew it wouldn't be up there long. RIP display.




What I really wanted to do was make a little gallery wall with sconces/gallery lighting. Unfortunately, I'm too much of a cheapskate to buy a full gallery's worth of frames, but I landed on Michael's website and was able to snag 3 frames for the price of one! So I printed my own photography (finally!) and hung those beauties up.


Now.... to my late night brainchild...


I saw a blog a few months back about the faux sconces that don't require wiring. Maybe you've seen it on Pinterest. It seemed easy enough and I wanted to try it. Well, since I was on furlough all of 2020 I didn't want to spend much money so I went a more.... DIY route.



I had the idea to reuse Pirouette wafer cans as sconces, so I gave it a try. It didn't require much at all. I had to buy the puck lights and the command strips, but everything else I had around the house.


View of the corrugated paper, cardstock, and puck light

I used the corrugated paper that comes in the Pirouette cans and cut it an inch wide to raise the puck light so it wasn't visible from afar. I taped that paper around the inside edge then cut some cardstock in a circle with a center hole for the light. The corrugated paper has a good ledge so it just rests there, no issue. I wrapped the outside in old poster board (look, I said I was being lazy. 😂) and attached it to the wall with velcro command strips so that I can change out the batteries in the puck lights. Voila! Done!




Obviously because they're directly on the wall, they cast a bit of a shadow on the frames, but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be!


So there you have it! Easy, DIY sconces that cost very little, don't require holes, and mostly just need paper supplies. I'm sorry I had no photography images to help with the explanation, but feel free to reach out if you want some clarification!


-Nicole

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