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DIY Pendent Lights in Under 10 Minutes

2 Materials
$18
30 Minutes
Easy

While I was shopping at Hobby Lobby, I spotted the perfect thing to use to update the pendent lights in our home.

diy pendent lights in under 10 minutes

And all of the metal items were 50% off!!!

diy pendent lights in under 10 minutes

We have three pendent lights in our basement. While I like the glass shades, there were 10 years old and needed to be update.

diy pendent lights in under 10 minutes

Step 1: Remove the existing light shade

1 - I began by removing the light bulb

2 & 3 - then I unscrewed the plastic ring that holds the shade onto the pendent light

4 - and left the socket waiting for the new shade

diy pendent lights in under 10 minutes

Step 2: Shopping

I purchased three of these metal baskets (that sort of look like kitchen graters). I liked them because of the holes and they had a metal bottom.

diy pendent lights in under 10 minutes

Step 3: Remove the handle

I didn't want the handles so I carefully cut them off using a tin snips.

diy pendent lights in under 10 minutes

Step 4: Mark bottom

1 - I measured the bottom of the metal basket and marked the center

2 - As a guide, I used the plastic ring that held the glass shade in place

3 - I centered the ring in the middle of the bottom of the basket

4 - and drew a circle

diy pendent lights in under 10 minutes

Step 5: Create a hole in the bottom

1 - Using a screwdriver and a hammer, I punched a hole in the center of the circle,

2 - then I used a tin snip to cup away the circle.

diy pendent lights in under 10 minutes

Step 6: Hang new shade

I threaded the light socket through the hole in the bottom of the metal basket

diy pendent lights in under 10 minutes

Step 7: Secure shade

I reattached the plastic ring, screwing it securely to the socket and added a light bulb.

diy pendent lights in under 10 minutes

And Ta-da! New metal light shades...

diy pendent lights in under 10 minutes

...and they cast a really neat glow in the evening.


Each shade took under 10 minutes to create so the whole project took under 30 minutes total and cost under $20.

Suggested materials:

  • Metal basket  (Hobby Lobby)
  • Metal basket  (Hobby Lobby)

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  • Diana Davis
    on Oct 17, 2018

    It sucks that you can’t expand your pictures... makes me lose interedt fast. Also, can’t you show a final pic in the beginning?

  • Kim Moore Scott
    on Oct 23, 2018

    Thanks for posting! Do you have any ideas about installing a pendant lamp when there is no electrical outlet? I thought about this with a led battery light but I still need to figure out what cord/chain or rope to hang it and how to hang it. Any suggestions? This is going over a kitchen table in a small dining space. Any advice would help. To get an electrician I was quoted $600. Help! I would like it done by Thanksgiving. TIA

    • Kellie
      on Nov 3, 2018

      It's not a perfect solution but you could run a corded pendant up along the ceiling over to the wall, then down to an outlet. That may be your only option. The do have cord covers you can use along the wall to cover is. Just paint them the same color as your wall.

      You might want to ask friends and neighbors if they know someone who will do it for less money.

  • Judy Constance
    on Oct 29, 2018

    Are the lanterns held by only the light bulb holder? Do you think that's strong enough?

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  • Theresa
    on Nov 3, 2018

    yes very inspired. Plan on doing something similar above my breakfast nook.

  • Rose Work
    on Nov 9, 2018

    I love the pattern this puts into the room.

    It would't have been something I would have thought of, but I love the shadows.

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