DIY Basket Pendant Light

5 Materials
1 Hour

Follow my simple steps to an inexpensive and Custom Hanging Basket Pendant Light Fixture ! Check out my tutorial below for a step by step of how I made it!

I tend to see potential in almost anything and when an idea is born I can’t hold on too it long before I have to see it complete. The idea to have a hanging light fixture in our family room was pretty evident to me. The space seemed a bit naked and there was a void, perfect for a large pendant. I just couldn’t find the right style and size for the right price and after looking I had almost given up. I could not bring myself to spend $$$ hundreds of dollars on a light fixture.

Enter this $16.99  basket from HomeGoods…it was a great shape, had good structure, and best of all it was a great price. The ideas started flowing and the idea for a hanging basket pendant light fixture was born! I had seen it done before and I knew that I could easily tackle it in an afternoon.

What You Will Need
  • Basket: This can be a basket of any shape and size. Look for something with a bit if stability and structure. Go to thrift stores to find a really unique one-of-a-kind basket or use something you already have on hand for FREE!
  • Light Hanging Kit: A Light Hanging Kit is the easiest way to create a hanging light fixture without needing extensive electrical skills and ceiling mounted light receptacle. I choose a light kit with a twisted hemp chord for a clean look that matched my aesthetic. This kit should come with a ceiling hook kit.
  • Wire Cutters
  • Picture Hanging Wire
Prep Your Basket

Snip, Snip

My Basket, much like a lot of baskets of this style, came with two metal handles. I wanted this pendant to look intentional and not look like it was an up-side-down basket. The easiest way to achieve this look was to snip off the metal handles using a metal wire cutter.

Fish the electrical plug end through the bottom of the basket.

Let's go Fishing

Start by turning over your basket. Then take your Hanging Pendant Light Kit and fish the electrical plug end through the “bottom” of the basket. Did I mention that this particular light kit was ONLY $15 ?!?!

Adjust the length of the chord.

For this next step you want to adjust the length of the chord according to how you would like the light to hang within your “basket”. I wanted mine to dangle a bit, so I let about 6-8 inches of chord hang.

Secure the chord to the frame of the basket

I used picture hanging wire to secure the chord to the frame of the basket. There is no real trick to this and each basket my be different. I just wrapped the wire around the frame of the basket structure and then around the chord, twisting the wire until it felt secure.

tied a knot in the chord to make it look more finished.

Secure the hook to your ceiling and hang your light

I used a ceiling hanging hook kit or it may come with your light hanging kit. Follow the directions on how to secure the hook to your ceiling, loop the chord around the hook, and voilà!

You now have an inexpensive and custom hanging pendant light fixture!

Make sure to visit my BLOG for more information and for more projects like this!

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

30 Essential Hacks For Cleaning Around Your Home
30 Unbelievable Backyard Update Ideas
31 Clever Ideas To Reuse Muffin Pans And Cupcake Liners
4 Chemical-Free Ways To Clean In Your Home
14 DIY Must-Haves For All Camping Trips
3 Great Projects To Flip Your Cookie Sheet Pans
13 Spectacular Ways To Display Your House Number
Andrea Runk

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


Have a question about this project?

1 question
  • Rene Howard
    Rene Howard
    on Nov 15, 2020

    Is there a risk of fire from the basket overheating?

    • Andrea Runk
      Andrea Runk
      on Nov 16, 2020

      Great question and I don't specifically have the answer. But, I suggest hanging the light in the center of basket with 6"+ of a buffer from the sides of the basket. We also only use this light as a reading light for short periods of time and not as a primary source of light. I hope this helps :)

Join the conversation

3 of 8 comments
  • Skampy
    on Nov 14, 2020

    Suggestion - There are pvc tubes at hardware store to put your electrical cord in that attach to the wall and can be painted to blend in so you don't have a cord just hanging. I've done that.

  • Kim Lunsford
    Kim Lunsford
    on Dec 14, 2020

    I used a long chain to hide my cord.

Your comment...