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DIY Fringe Bamboo Hat Pendant Lamp

Ya’ll know how I feel about fringe, pompoms and tassels — and I’ve done fringe lamp DIYs in the past (like this one from three years ago), but a few weeks ago I had the idea to incorporate some kind of natural material in a fringe pendant lamp, like rattan or bamboo. My mind immediately went to the Asian conical hat, commonly known as an Asian rice hat or farmer’s hat, to use as a base. When I was a child my family and I spent a month in Indonesia and we brought back one of these hats. We used to use it as a lamp shade, among other things, and so it was an easy leap in my mind to use it as a base for this project.

The pendant lamps were crazy simple to make. See below for instructions and materials.

I found the three hats I wanted to use as a base. Then I bought fringe in different colors and lengths, and lighting kits. I cut small holes in the tips of the hats with a sharp pair of scissors so that the lighting kits could fit through the top. Then I hot-glued the fringe around the base of the hats. Once the glue dried, I hung the hats from the lamp cord and BOOM — that was it. The whole project took me about 30 minutes for all three lamps.
I think these would look amazing in a large cluster over a dining table, and they were so easy and affordable to make that I think it’s also a great idea for an event like a wedding decor.



*Make sure that your light bulb doesn’t touch the bamboo and use a low-wattage light bulbs. Be safe and enjoy!

Alternative Text Justina Blakeney

Designer, artist, stylist & mama. Founder and CCO at The Jungalow. Crazy for color, pattern and plants!

7 responses to “DIY Fringe Bamboo Hat Pendant Lamp”

  1. Esha Rakhit says:

    I don’t know if coolie is really an appropriate term to be using, especially in reference to hat like this. I think it has some pretty racist implications…

    • Justina Blakeney says:

      Thank you for the call in! It was on all of the product listings and on the Wiki page I read about the hats, so I figured it was just a commonplace term, but I’m so appreciative to know that it may be offensive. I’ve since removed the name/term from the post.

  2. CW says:

    This is genius! And gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing these ideas and tutorials with us !!

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  4. Morgan says:

    This is so cute! I love a good DIY that doesn’t take 10 hours to complete!

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