Apple Basket Light Fixture

5 Materials
$20
2 Hours
Easy

Several years ago I acquired several apple baskets knowing that eventually, I'd find some sort of project to make them into something cool. I finally was able to use one of them by creating a rustic light fixture! I'm so excited with how it came out and can't wait to make more of these in different colors and styles.
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apple basket light fixture, lighting, repurposing upcycling
The first thing you'll want to do is remove the wire lid clamps. These particular apple baskets came with lids but obviously I won't be needing them for this project so I removed them. I chose to leave the wire handles but those can be removed as well if you like your fixture better without them. I felt they added more character.
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Next, apply your wood tint. I chose a shabby blue/aqua color but of course, you can use another tint or even use acrylic paint instead.
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According to the directions on the bottle, you need to brush on your tint, let it soak into the wood for about 30 seconds, then wipe off with a cloth.
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Make sure you get into the nook and crannies.
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Once you've tinted (or painted) your basket inside and out, determine what drill bit you'll need to make a hole for your lighting cable. You can do this by eyeing up the width of the cable with various drill bits to determine the closest match.
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After you've drilled your hole, feed your lighting cable through the hole.
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Pull the cable all the way through.
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Your light should look like this once the cable is pulled through the hole.
apple basket light fixture, lighting, repurposing upcycling
apple basket light fixture, lighting, repurposing upcycling
*Note: After I finished my basket I decided I wanted the rings to be a darker color so I added a walnut tint to them the same way I added the light blue/aqua to the rest of the basket. I also took the excess walnut tint on my cloth and vigorously rubbed over the light blue/aqua to give it a weathered/rustic finish.
apple basket light fixture, lighting, repurposing upcycling
apple basket light fixture, lighting, repurposing upcycling
I'm so happy with how this light fixture came out. I feel like it adds so much character to my kitchen!
*Note: apple/orchard/bushel baskets can be found online for as cheap as $4 a basket. They can also be found at craft stores for even less.

Suggested materials:

  • Apple basket
  • Pendant lighting kit  (Home Depot)
  • Pliers
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Have a question about this project?

2 questions
  • Bon6808115
    on May 31, 2016

    Why is it necessary to wipe off the paint? I have a basket and plan on doing this. Thanks for sharing.

  • Jan3272851
    on Jun 3, 2016

    I really love how your basket turned out. But my kitchen is on the dark side and I don't think it would give me enough light. Any suggestions?

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  • Jo Ann Spofford
    on Aug 29, 2017

    Such a cool idea. I have tried to decide what to about the lighting in my kitchen. I do believe I am going to copy your idea!
  • Joanie
    on Aug 29, 2017

    I LOVE IT!!!!! I have an OLD one, at least 50 years old. Mine had a small hole in center bottom of basket,.index finger size.......I seen it happen what I was gonna use it for. I needed a lampshade for a large glass lamp. Screwed it on and my youngest son, Santino, walked in and seen it.......HE LOVED it!!! Two old nothings, turned into SOMETHINGS. ;)))
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