DIY Globe Pendant Light

5 Materials
1 Hour

I have seen these Globe Pendant Lights on etsy and love them. I’ve always wanted one for my boys rooms so when I found a globe on the thrift store shelves for $4.99 I knew I had to try making one. And guess what? It was super easy.

Step 1 in Making the Globe Pendant Light…

Take the metal piece off. I thought this would be harder, but I just gave it a good tug and off it came!

Step 2 in Making the Globe Pendant Light, Cut the Globe…

Use your exacto knife to cut off the bottom piece (you could also cut it in half and make 2 – mine had a piece of metal in the middle making it to hard to cut). Luckily the globe already has latitude lines right on it, so all you have to do it trace along one of those lines with your knife! So easy. Make sure your blade is nice and sharp and make sure you are CAREFUL.

Step 3 in Making the Globe Pendant Light, Paint the inside…

Next, I sanded down any rough edges and then spray painted the inside white. You can also use craft paint for this step, and I actually wish I had done that since spray paint smells so bad!

Step 4 in Making the Globe Pendant Light, Cut a hole for the light kit…

Hold up the light to the globe and trace a line around it, then use your exacto knife to cut a circle. Then screw on the top on the inside of the globe to attach it.

Step 5, Clean it up…

I added some white caulking around the light fixture to give it a cleaner, more professional look.

Last step was to hang it up.

SIDE NOTE: I actually made 2 of these lights. One for each of my boys. One globe I found at the thrift store (and is the one in all the pictures above), and the other a friend gave me (and is the one you see in the pictures below). We haven’t hung up the first one yet, but that is why the colors of the globe are different.

Another Side Note - I used a low, 40 watt bulb, but if you are worried about the globe heating up, use an LED bulb which generates very little heat.

And look what my husband did with the left over metal piece. He put in one of his prized, signed footballs. He did have to glue the football to make it stay put.

Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page. More info

Top Hometalk Projects

Gardeners: Copy These 28 Stunning Ways To Display Your Plants
16 Ways to Maximize Storage And Organization In Your Home
18 Adorable Container Garden Ideas To Copy This Spring
31 Amazing Furniture Flips You Have to See to Believe
30 Essential Hacks For Cleaning Around Your Home
11 Unexpected Ways to Use Spices in Your Home
31 Space Saving Storage Ideas That'll Keep Your Home Organized
31 Amazing Furniture Flips You Have to See to Believe
31 Super Cute & Easy DIY Ideas For Your Kitchen
14 Cool Ways To Upholster Chairs That You Can DIY
15 Genius Curtain Ideas To Instantly Upgrade Your Space
15 Quick and Easy Gift Ideas Using Buttons
13 Spectacular Ways To Display Your House Number
14 Cool Ways To Upholster Chairs That You Can DIY
22 Ideas To Make Your Terra Cotta Pots Look Oh-So-Pretty
The House house

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


Have a question about this project?

3 of 15 questions
  • Sadie Davis
    on Jun 17, 2019

    Clever. Have you thought of drilling holes in places you've been or would like to go so the light can shine though in those spots?

    • Kathy alfke
      on Jul 3, 2019

      Would someone like to make me two for my classroom!??😃😃😃 ! I am getting out my overhead projector and going back to the “80’s” Done with kids on computers all day long! Ugh!

  • Rebecca
    on Jun 17, 2019

    I found a globe but it currently is broken, split around the middle. Does anyone have suggestions of what glue to use to repair it that would also hold up for this project?

  • Cody
    on Jul 22, 2019

    Will it catch fire 🔥

Join the conversation

3 of 218 comments
  • Judy
    on Jun 30, 2019

    Very interesting... I love ❤️ it!

  • Heather Luther
    on Jan 21, 2020

    I tried this but only used half of the globe. This way I had 2 lights. One on each side of the room. I also drilled small holes for light to come through. Complement that with some map art work. Looks great in my office

Your comment...