Introduction: Swirly PVC Pendant Light

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Since I did my PVC Pipe bangles, ideas on other ways of using this wonderfully flexible pipe kept crowding my mind.

The Pipe is so versatile! While experimenting I also found an easier way of doing these swirls, so read on :-)

Step 1: Materials

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Large thin PVC pipe about 1 foot. It's the type they use for gutters. (I found some cut pieces at my mom in law's so I took them and gave it a good wash. )


hot glue gun and glue stick or PVC CEMENT as recommended in comments below

spray paint

light hardware.

Step 2: Cut!

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Cut your PVC with strong scissors. Cut first slightly at an angle and then keep a 3-4mm or so width and cut around. Sort of like cutting a long strips in a t-shirt. Now follow next step and cut accordingly.

Step 3: Bending PVC in to Swirls Easily

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I started off doing it the usual way of boiling the PVC.

Took pictures ( while I was boiling in this unbearable heat) of the swirl making process. Then while playing around with it when I was cooling off in the sofa, I discovered that I don't need to boil at all! So I scrapped off all the pictures. ( Thank God I did only little swirls!!). Of course if you are using the hard plastic you have to boil and then using pliers like I do in the video swirl and dip in cool water to hold the shape.

The first image is a GIF animation. It seems to work only if you click on it. I guess it's too big.

Here is the YouTube link

Cut the required amount of strip from the plastic strip. Then holding one end with the pliers slowly twist around holding the plastic firmly so it does not slip. Let the swirl loose and adjust the shape. Make various shapes as shown.

Step 4: Glue It Up!

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Take a ball and apply oil to it, this is optional as some might find it cumbersome for if the pvc gets oil, the glue will not stick.

Glue swirls with hot glue. I did not cover the entire ball as I wanted an open ball to be able to change the bulb. I wanted it in a random open shape of a circle. It kind of looked like a wig :-)

Slowly remove ball and remove excess glue. Now spray paint it the color you want :-)

Step 5: Light It Up!

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Light it up and see how gorgeous it looks! :-)

Thanks for reading through :-) if you liked it please take a moment to vote for the 3 contests I have entered it in. I would really appreciate it!


MS71 (author)2016-04-20

Now that is creative elegance. Its so beautiful!:) Well done my dear.

shazni (author)MS712016-05-02

Thanks dear!

Corinbw (author)2015-02-21

I want to make this so bad now. What diameter of pipe did you use.

shazni (author)Corinbw2016-05-02

Sorry , seem to have missed this comment. I used 4" diameter pipe. It's the thin ones they use for the gutter

soulgraber (author)2015-02-12

loved it its awwwwsuummmm

shazni (author)soulgraber2015-02-17


shawnee251 (author)2014-10-29

WOW! I just saw almost an identical design made from pewter on a lighting site ..... they wanted $90!!! I'd rather spend $9ish and try your way. It's gorgeous! You have such a creative mind to see this from a piece of PVC! Im blown away!

shazni (author)shawnee2512014-10-29

Thanks! try using the pvc adhesive sugested as on another project I tried it and it held up great!

TrollFaceTheMan (author)2014-07-25


shazni (author)TrollFaceTheMan2014-07-26

Thanks! Lovely hearing from you :)

TrollFaceTheMan (author)shazni2014-07-26

Keep up the good work :)

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)2014-07-26

Amazing... double winner :). congratulations !!!

shazni (author)Tarun Upadhyaya2014-07-26

Thanks! I'm super excited :)

sabu.dawdy (author)2014-07-17


shazni (author)sabu.dawdy2014-07-18


hardlydavidson (author)2014-07-15

hey, this is a great looking lamp. you can cut PVC with scissors? then I really must give this a shot. that animated image doesn't load :( can you convert that to a YouTube video? it's quite easy. I could help you with it if you need. congrats on the win.

shazni (author)hardlydavidson2014-07-16

Thanks! yes, the thin rain gutter PVC can be cut :-).

I clicked on the animation and after a few seconds it worked. I guess it's too big. I don't know how to convert it to put into YouTube. I still have the video recorded in my phone. So if you can help me with the 'HOW To' I would gladly upload it for you :-)

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)2014-07-12

Congratulations for making to the finals :)

shazni (author)Tarun Upadhyaya2014-07-12

Thanks Tarun! You know, this contest of yours didn't have quantity cause it was just after a lamp contest, but it sure has quality in abundance! I don't think I have ever seen a lightning contest with so many unique creations in the finalist. It would be a very close contest! I wonder if there has ever been a tie! Wonder what happens then! :-D

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)shazni2014-07-12 are so right Shazni :). Selecting Finalist was super tough for me and winners even tougher :(

lindarose92 (author)2014-07-12

Congratulations Shazni! :)

shazni (author)lindarose922014-07-12

Thanks! Yes , we probably commented at the same time ;)

786Ayesha (author)2014-07-12

Congrats! This is a unique creation

shazni (author)786Ayesha2014-07-12

Thank you so much! Yours too is so very unique in it's own way :-)

YPF (author)2014-06-27

Amazing job! Well done.

Definitely voted

shazni (author)YPF2014-06-27

Thanks loads! I need all the votes I can get ;^) competition being so tough!

zeyanimisbah (author)2014-06-22

i can only say OMG!!!!!!! looking awsom and voted. hope you win, you deserve it

shazni (author)zeyanimisbah2014-06-23

Thanks! I really hope so but there are so many wonderful entries :-)

BTW...When are you going to put something up for the hair and make up contest?? After all you are an expert at it!

doodlecraft (author)2014-06-20

Wow, I am shocked that this is pvc! It's so lacy and intricate! :) Great work!

shazni (author)doodlecraft2014-06-21

Thank you so much Natalie!

BTW love most of your instructables :-)

colettestilton (author)2014-06-20

luxury! i want to make it!!!!!!!!!!!!

shazni (author)colettestilton2014-06-21

:-D Please do!

anitacurnutt (author)2014-06-19

Love it! FYI pvc cement will hold in a few seconds. It will cure in a few hours. So easier to just hold it instead of clamping. Use it in ventilated area! It can be clumsy to apply so be warned... Thanks for such a creative Instructable.

shazni (author)anitacurnutt2014-06-19

Thanks! I shall try it and also add this information to this instructable:-)

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)2014-06-16

SWIRLS! This pendant light is the best swirly craft ever! Love it :)

shazni (author)Muhaiminah Faiz2014-06-17

Thanks! Looking forward to your vote ;-) lol

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)shazni2014-06-18

You're welcome! and voted for all 3 contests! :)

shazni (author)Muhaiminah Faiz2014-06-18

Thanks Loads!!

vishalapr (author)2014-06-18

Looks great :D never seen anything like this before

shazni (author)vishalapr2014-06-18

Thank you so much :-)

HollyMann (author)2014-06-18

Wow this is gorgeous Shazni - as usual - your creations are always amazing and stylish :)

shazni (author)HollyMann2014-06-18

Oh Thanks so much Holly! it's lovely to hear from you :-)

You must be very busy with your son :-) hope both of you are keeping well!

lindarose92 (author)2014-06-18

SOOOO beautiful!!! :)

shazni (author)lindarose922014-06-18

Thank you Linda! I always look forward to your comments and helpful advises

Chuck Stephens (author)2014-06-17

Nice project! I love recycled and repurposed materials, and scrap PVC is one of my favorites. Have you considered using PVC cement instead of hot glue? The cement actually 'solvent welds' the materials essentially making them one piece. If you haven't used it give it a try.

Great work!

shazni (author)Chuck Stephens2014-06-17

Thanks! I must try it and see. I thought of using hot glue as then it would stick fast and I wouldn't have to hold it in place for long. I guess with the PVC Cement I would have to work in sections and use cloth pegs to hold it in place till it welds. It would work great for flat pieces, which I'm thinking about for a wall art. I must give it a try! Thanks for the idea :-)

plasticpopcorn4 (author)2014-06-17

cant believe thats pvc looks amazing :D

shazni (author)plasticpopcorn42014-06-17

Thanks! I totally agree :-) no one believed me when I said it was PVC tubes !

definitely inspiring!

Thanks! :-)

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