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Create a Boho Driftwood Wall Sconce

This month, we couldn’t stop flicking through the gorgeous book that is The New Bohemians by Justina Blakeney. Here she describes how to make this fabulously hip wall sconce that will have all of your friends envious!

“I love all of the driftwood lamps in Emily and Adam’s craftsman-style home. When I spoke with them about how they were made, it sounded so easy that I had to create a version for myself. I love the simplicity of this driftwood wall sconce, but I couldn’t resist adding my own flavour to it—I injected a bit of colour with yarn. It would be fun to paint it, too, so go for it and get all boho on the driftwood. You may need to look around a bit to find the perfect shape of driftwood. I’d love to say I found this in a local river, but the truth is I bought it on eBay for £8. Driftwood is sold for use in aquariums, so in addition to your local river, you can forage in your local pet shop for the perfect piece.” Justina Blakeney

The New Bohemians by Justina Blakeney (£21.99, Stewart, Tabori & Chang). Photography by Dabito. Project illustrations by Katie Wilson. The New Bohemians is available now.

You will need
    • One long, lean piece of driftwood.
    • One light socket and cord set (I used the Hemma cord set in white from Ikea)
    • Ring hanger with screws
    • Filament light bulb (this project wouldn’t work without a filament light bulb. It’s pricey, but the antique look of it elevates the project and actually makes it look more modern)
    • Yarn in a few colours
    • Pencil
    • Screwdriver
    • Hammer
    • Nail
    • Electrical tape
    • Experiment a bit with the wood and light socket. Figure out how you want the piece of wood positioned on the wall. With the wood set as you like, mark the tallest point that makes contact with the wall on the back and at the same time mark the wall. Screw the ring hanger into the back of the wood at this spot. Hammer a nail into the spot on the wall.

    • Place the light bulb in the socket. Place the cord on the desired point of the driftwood so that the light is suspended at a height you like. Remove the light bulb and attach the cord to the back of the driftwood by wrapping the electrical tape around both the cord and the body of the driftwood in a few locations (the tape will eventually be covered by yarn, so place the tape where the yarn will go).

    • Tie a long strand of yarn around your driftwood just below the first piece of tape (make sure the knot remains to the back) and carefully wrap the driftwood in yarn, making sure to cover the tape. Take creative freedom with the amount of yarn you wrap and the colours you use. Tie the yarn in a double knot at the back when done. Repeat on other areas of the wood, as desired.

    • Replace the light bulb and hang the sconce on the wall.