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  • Samantha Sandlin

DIY Mid-Century Modern Style Sconce

Hello everyone! And welcome back to The Venue House! If you've seen my last post - DIY Snake Sconce Anthropologie Dupe - you know I became a little obsessed with the orb light I ordered on Amazon (maybe a lot obsessed). For that DIY, I ordered a 6" orb and it worked perfectly but for this project, I needed something smaller. Luckily, they also sold it in a 3" size! I ordered the 3" orbs that came in a pack of 4, gathered the rest of my supplies, and got to work! When I tell you this was one of the easiest DIY projects I've ever done I am not kidding! The total time (not including waiting for the paint to dry) was about 10 minutes. The total cost was $18.50 per sconce!


  • 3" orb light

  • 1 Balsa wood strip size 1/2 x 1/2 x 36

  • 1 Balsa wood strip size 1/4 x 1/2 x 36

  • 1 Balsa wood sheet size 1/8 x 6 x 12

  • 4 wooden dowels 12" in length

  • small round wooden box (we won't be using the lid it comes with)

  • a paint color of your choice

  • hot glue gun

  • hot glue sticks

  • 2 pieces of leftover balsa wood strip size 1/4 x 1/2 x 36 cut into 1.5" pieces

Step 1:

For anything that isn't already 12" in length, make sure you cut it down to 12" so that everything is the same size. I only had to cut down the balsa wood strips and balsa wood is very soft so I did not need any power tools. Take a piece of balsa wood that is 1/2" x 1/2" x 12" and line it up with the long side of your balsa wood sheet, secure it with hot glue

Step 2

Take a piece of balsa wood that is 1/4" x 1/2" x 12" and line it up with the thicker piece of balsa wood you just secured to the balsa wood sheet, and secure it with hot glue.

Step 3

Repeat the first two steps on the other side of your balsa wood sheet.

Step 4

Next, take the wooden dowels, and put them where the balsa wood strips meet each other, and where the balsa wood strips meet the balsa wood sheet.

Step 5

Now we're going to take the two 1.5" long pieces of balsa wood we cut earlier and hot glue them together. Take the back part of your sconce that you just finished putting together and find the middle of the bottom. Make a mark here and secure the two pieces of wood to it. This is going to help our small wooden box sit far enough away from the back of the sconce that the orbs fit. Once that is secure. Attach the small wooden box to it.

Step 6

Once your hot glue dries, you are ready to paint. After the paint dries just attached your hanging hardware to the back, place your orbs in the small wooden box and that's it! I'm so happy with how these turned out. I made two to hang on each side of the window above my kitchen sink and I love how they elevate this space.


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