Make these easy DIY Raffia Pendant Lights

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Hey guys! By now you may be noticing that a lot of my recent DIYs are inspired by tropical trends and natural materials. This one is no different! Wicker, bamboo and rattan woven light pendants are super popular right now. But it’s easy to pay a pretty penny for them! So for all my budget homemakers out there, you will love to know that you can make these easy DIY raffia pendant lights for under $10, plus some things you can find at home. I have to say, this DIY is on the cheap side even for me! No complaints!

This DIY will get your hands messy, but is simple and doesn’t require much effort or any exotic materials.

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DIY Raffia Pendant Lights

You will need:

Natural Raffia$3
Baking Paper / Wax Paper – find at home
Mod Podge OR PVA Glue – $6
Fold-back clips – find at home
Cardboard sheet or conical objects such as vases – find at home

Vases and wide bottles make great moulds for this DIY. You don’t have to worry about harming a perfectly good vase, as we’ll just be using the shape as a guide. If you don’t have any conical objects to use, you can roll up a cardboard sheet to create your own cone shapes. I will say I used both options, and using a solid object is a little easier. You will also see that using cardboard gives a rougher effect, so if you like that look better, go with cardboard.

Firstly, cover your vase or cone object with baking paper. This is a little tricky, as not even sticky tape will stick to baking paper. Use fold-back clips to attach the baking paper to the bottom of the cone. I also used a mix of elastic bands and strips of raffia tied around the top sections. Find whatever works to hold the baking paper on! As my vase had a large flat base, I turned it upside down and added a cardboard cone at the top. This continued the shape up a little higher.

If you are using PVA glue, make a mix of 2:1 PVA glue to water. Take a strand of raffia and dip it in the glue, using your fingers to work the glue down the length of raffia. Starting from the top, wrap the strand around the cone model. Once you reach the end of a strand, tuck the end under the raffia you just wrapped or use the next strand to hold it in place.

At the top of your cone, make sure you leave a circle big enough for the lightbulb fixture (or electrical cord) to just pass through. Work your way down the cone, wrapping strand by strand. Do as many layers as you like, but the more layers you do, the stronger your pendant will be. I also like to leave a few gaps so the light can shine through.

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Make sure that as you wrap the raffia around the cone, you wrap a little higher and lower with each strand. This will make sure that the raffia strands stick to each other and stay in place once finished.

After you have done enough wrapping and layering, leave it to dry overnight or in front of a fan.

When your pendant is dry, remove the cone model from underneath. You should then be able to carefully pry the baking paper from the raffia, without the raffia collapsing.

Thread your pendant onto your light fixture and this raffia pendant is ready to hang!

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A close up look at the completed raffia pendant | Dossier Blog

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If you liked these DIY raffia pendant lights, check out my other raffia posts: Raffia Sunburst Mirror, Raffia Fringe Clutch.

Emily Connett

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One part travel addict and two parts homebody, I started Dossier Blog in 2015 as a place to document our travels. Since then it has grown to cover my life at home and love of indoor plants and gardening.

6 Comments
  1. Will the raffia not burn with the heat of the bulbs? Im thinking to wrap raffia around my current hanging light fixture that has glass around the bulb. Any insight would be appreciated.

    1. Hey Nikki, that’s a great question. I haven’t had any issues with mine and I don’t think the bulb gets hot enough, but I’ve also made sure the raffia isn’t touching the bulb and there’s a couple of inches of space between. Wrapping the raffia around a glass fixture is a great idea, I guess it just depends if you are willing to use glue (more permanent) or just tie it on (more tedious). Would love to hear how you get on 😊

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