Look for Less Challenge – Wall Sconce
This was the first time I have joined up in the look for less challenge, which is hosted by Yami, of The Latina next door. This was done on myYoutube channel,where I duped this wayfair wall sconce Here is how it rolled out.
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The look for less challenge is once a month and it’s where we take a high end look, and recreate is for less. Often these dupes are done using dollar store supplies, but they don’t have to be. Projects can be anything from furniture to napkin rings.
For my first challenge I chose to do this wall sconce from wayfair. They are made from iron and glass and retail for $104.99
Wall Sconce Supplies
Supplies are for one sconce
Dollar Store Supplies
Rectangular charger plate
Glass cylinder vase
Wooden craft circle
Trial and Error
Sometimes when I’m working on a project, I have trials and tribulations, and that’s actually good, because it means that I have worked out some kinks, so you don’t have to. In the original version of this project I was using a screw top jar lid for the bottom of the wall sconce. Unfortunately it didn’t work out well, as it was just too flexible to take the weight of the glass vase and candle, and it ended up looking “droopy” so in the end,I replaced it for this wooden craft shape that I purchased at the dollar tree. The diameter of the circle is 4″ wide and it is about .75″ thick.
Mark a line 2″ from the inside edge of the charger plate. Using hot glue and E 6000, attach the craft circle above the line, leaving the full 2″ below the circle. Then once the hot glue is dry, I suggest further stabilizing it by pre-drilling and screwing through the back of the charger plate into the circle. This will make the bottom super sturdy. Note that this photo was taken using the lid version, so just substitute the wooden circle.
For the upper section of the wall sconce, I went with a 4″ bamboo embroidery hoop, which fits nicely around the glass vase, which as a diameter of 3.5″. Make a mark on the
other end of the charger plate at the 2″ mark.
Before you glue the embroidery hoop to the charger plate, you will need to raise the embroidery hoop enough so that you are able to insert the vase through the hoop once it is glued in place. Because of the flare on the edge of the charger plate, if you just glue the embroidery hoop, directly onto the plate, the cylinder vase will not fit through the hoop due to the angle. I just used craft dowels that I had on hand, you can buy these at the dollar tree or dollarama. I suggest that you hold the embroidery hoop in place, and then test that the vase will fit with the angle, to see how much you need to raise it. If you don’t have the same charger plate, you may not need to do this step.
Cut off 2 – two inch lengths using tin snips or any cutters that will cut through the wood. Then glue the 2 sections of wood cernered on the charger plate, on the inside of your 2″ mark, using hot glue.
Glue the inside section of the embroidery hoop, the piece that is a solid circle, on top of the dowels using hot glue, centering it on the charger plate. I bought these from amazon. I ordered a 10 pack of 4″ bamboo hoops and they arrived in a day. The cost per hoop is about $2.50. I do a lot of crafting so thought these would come in handy for lots of other projects.
Once all of the glue is dry paint the entire piece usingf flat black spray paint . Let it dry thoroughly and check for any missed spots. The charger plate that I used had a black back side, so I didn’t need to paint the back. However, if your plate is not black, you will need to paint that as well, at least where you will be able to see the back of the flared edges.
Attach a hanger to the back, so that you can attach this to the wall. Attach this with E 6000 glue. I used hot glue the first time I did mine, and it didn’t hold as well as the E6000. Also, it’s a good idea to score the area a bit before applying the glue, so that the glue isn’t just sticking to the paint that is applied to the charger plate.
The final piece is to add in the vase and then fill it with your candle of choice. I had these vases in my craft stash. They are from the dollar store, and are 9″ high and 3.5″ in diameter. For the candles, I tired it out a few different options. Although I only use real candles for display purposes, and suggest using a flameless candles for safety reasons.
So the end tally of my Wayfair Wall Sconce Dupe came in as follows:
Charger plate – $1.25
Wooden craft circle – $1.25
Embroidery hoop – $2.50
Vase – already had on hand (cost would be $1.25)
Total Cost $5.00 per sconce.
Wayfair cost for pair of sconces:
Now granted, mine aren’t made of iron, but if you are looking for a cheap and easy, but still stylish piece of decor, that you can make yourself using mostly dollar store supplies, this should fit the bill.
And you are not restricted to using black for yours, make them whatever colour you like! White, silver, purple, blue, yellow!!
Here are some different candles to give you some options
I really had fun participating in the look for less challenge, and will definately do it again nextt month. If you want to check out then entire playlist click here. Now I just need to pick out my next inspiration project. If you have any suggestions, or if there is something that you would like to see made for less, please drop me an email and let me know!
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