March 07, 2024

DIY Squiggle Cord Sconce: Fun and Function

A polished and put-together room can come with a big price tag. For our guest bedroom, we wanted to avoid that at all costs. We tackled design obstacles, one after another, and each turned out beautifully. My personal favorite? The DIY squiggle cord sconce. 

The squiggle cord is really a success story that started from a place of frugality. We wanted the light source in this room to be a design feature, so deciding on a sconce vs. lamp was fairly easy. That’s when things started to get tricky. I found these beautiful plug-in sconces from CB2 (sorry they are no longer available, but I will link some others I would have totally used) and fell in love with the look, just not the dangling chord. For a minute, I briefly considered finding a rechargeable option like I’ve used in my home elsewhere but then thought of how frequently they would get used, and that just didn’t make sense. Then I looked into cord covers, painting the cord, and even the cost of hardwiring and none were doing it for me. That’s when it hit me, what if I just viewed the cord as an extension of the fixture itself and had fun with it?

The DIY Squiggle Cord Sconce is shown on a green wall next to a bed

When trying to imagine what I wanted the end product to look like, I kept coming back to words like playful, laid back, and comfortable. I realized I was overthinking it. I LOVE squiggles (shout out to the Squiggle Squad) and that’s exactly what this room needed.

Squiggle Cord How To:

  1. Lay out the design you want to recreate on the floor prior to hanging your sconce. Make sure there is enough cord to get from the sconce to the plug in the wall.
  2. Install the sconce and let the cord hang loose.
  3. Use heavy-duty double-sided mounting tape to adhere the cord to the wall at all the points where you want the cord to turn or curve. Cut the tape super small so it adheres to the back of the cord but isn’t visible from the front. Follow the curve of the cord as you try to bend it.
  4. For my specific sconce there was also a button I hot glued next to the headboard for easy access. I wanted it to be more secure because guests would be using this often to turn the light on or off.

This project was done over a year ago and it’s still holding up strong! The best part–I got the design feature I was looking for and it probably took me 30 minutes total to do both. I love how they turned out and I think our guests do too!

Let this be the testament that sometimes the solutions are often much more simple than you think and to trust your gut; you will think of something special!

A closer shot of the black marble sconce with a black cord taped to teh wall in a squiggle pattern

As promised, here are some sconces I am loving:

Aurelius Sconce

A gold spherical sconce with black hardware

Ribbed Glass Sconce

A ribbed glass sconce with gold detailing

Lindmoor Wall Sconce

A black sconce with gold detailing

Fan of the flooring? Check how to install it yourself!

Need some wall decor? Here is how to find free art!

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