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This So-Easy DIY Decor Will Light Up Your Space — Literally

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    Here's the thing about holiday decorations — they overstay their welcome. December shows up in a cloud of paper snowflakes and cardboard snowmen, wreaths and glittery stars. At first, it's wonderful. But, you get busy, life takes over, and before you know it, April's here — and your living room wall is still wishing people "Happy Holidays." This year, it will be different. We're tapping into L.A.-based designer Brooke Woosley of Twenty Two Hours to come up with an easy DIY decoration that will look just as good nestled on your holiday tablescape as it will on a side table in your living room long after party season is over.

    With her background in industrial design, Woosley's known for designing whimsical light fixtures. So, naturally, we asked for a unique DIY that lights up our rooms for the holiday season and then some. Ahead, we load up a Ford Fusion with plywood, brass, and a hard-working power drill from the hardware store before heading back to Woosley's workshop to put this lamp together.

    Check out her instructions for how to make this twinkly holiday accent in just a weekend. Who knew the road to crafting super-stardom was so easy?


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    You wouldn’t go grocery shopping without a list, right? Okay, maybe you would, but with this DIY, you want to make sure that you’re completely prepared. Here, Woosley gets ready to pick up supplies at Industrial Metal Supply Co., her favorite local spot for sourcing materials.

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    You can spend a lot of money on expensive supplies, but the best part about this project is that you don’t have to. Woosley’s industrial-design background informs her choice of materials. This piece is made with cheap plywood and brass — simple, easy-to-find materials that will still look fantastic.

    Industrial Metal Supply Co., 8300 San Fernando Road, Sun Valley, CA; 818-729-3333.

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    If you’re intimidated by this project because you don’t know how to cut sheets of plywood yourself, don’t worry — most hardware stores are happy to help. “Some stores sell precut, 17-inch circular pieces of wood, but if your store doesn't [and you don't want to make the cut yourself], just ask them to cut it for you."

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    Once you get the hang of this project, you can really get creative with the materials that you use. Woosley loves the simplicity and economy of the materials we used here, but you can make your own variations based on what piques your interest at the hardware store. “I love going to this metal supply store because you can find everything from perforated sheet metal with different patinas to super-shiny brass tubing." Browsing through the aisles serves as her inspiration for new crafts.

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    While a drill is a very handy thing to have around the house (IKEA furniture will no longer be the bane of your existence), you don't have to own one to make this project shine. Your local Home Depot will rent out tools of all sorts.