How to Turn a Basket Into a Pendant Light

2 Materials
1 Hour

If you've ever been in the market for a new pendant light - you know that they can be pretty pricey. I searched and searched but just couldn't justify the price when all I wanted was essentially a basket turned upside down. So instead, I started looking for the perfect basket!
Start out by finding a good basket that will work for your space. I was searching for my daughter's nursery. I checked good will and thrift stores until I found the perfect one!
Next you'll want to cut a hole in your basket so you can fit the light socket into it. If your basket isn't super heavy duty you can just use a pair of scissors, but if it's a little stronger, than you might have to use a drill.
You'll insert the end of your light kit into the hole and screw the socket back on to hold it in place.
You can cut your wire to be the length you need and then follow the instructions on your light kit to install it properly. Just make sure you turn the electricity off before you do!
This was a much cheaper solution than buying a new light and it's unique!
Check out my blog for more details and to see some of my other projects I made for the nursery like my vintage book holder

Suggested materials:

  • Basket  (Thrift Store)
  • Light Kit  (Home Depot)

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Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


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  • Andrea Gallemore Windrem
    on Dec 17, 2016

    What is the macrame thing in the background? It's s beautiful!

    • Marti
      on Feb 2, 2017

      To me, it looks like the macramé plant hangers and glass table top hangers we used to make in the 70s

  • Peggy C
    on Dec 31, 2016

    Does the basket become brittle over time from the light's heat ?

    • Lni12099442
      on Oct 14, 2017

      The heat with a regular bulb would be a fire hazard for sure but I think that basket has some black mold issues too
  • Peggy
    on Nov 22, 2017

    These don’t burn up from heat?

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