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How to Make a DIY Pendant Lamp


http://www.ThriftDiving.com -- Have you always wanted to make your own pendant lamp? This is how I UPCYCLED a pretty little wire fruit basket to make a pendant lamp for my thrifted craft room. Super cheap! To see more pics of my thrifted craft room, where nearly everything came from my favorite thrift store, visit: http://www.thriftdiving.com/2013/01/thrifted-craft-room.html
If you've got an cute (but broken) item around your house, like I had this Crate and Barrel fruit basket, you can make an upcycled pendant lamp!
If you've got an cute (but broken) item around your house, like I had this Crate and Barrel fruit basket, you can make an upcycled pendant lamp!
BEFORE: This cute Crate and Barrel fruit basket that I've owned for 10 years broke in half, and I immediately knew I wanted to upcycle the top tier into a DIY pendant lamp!
BEFORE: This cute Crate and Barrel fruit basket that I've owned for 10 years broke in half, and I immediately knew I wanted to upcycle the top tier into a DIY pendant lamp!
AFTER: I love how my DIY pendant lamp hangs over my $30 vintage drafting table that I got from the thrift store.
AFTER: I love how my DIY pendant lamp hangs over my $30 vintage drafting table that I got from the thrift store.
What's even better is the way it creates ceiling art when I switch it on ;) Who wouldn't love awesome shapes on the ceiling? This would be a good idea for a kid's room, too!
What's even better is the way it creates ceiling art when I switch it on ;) Who wouldn't love awesome shapes on the ceiling? This would be a good idea for a kid's room, too!
Poor little fruit basket....But one basket's demise, is a DIY'ers surprise :)
Poor little fruit basket....But one basket's demise, is a DIY'ers surprise :)
Here is a look at the materials you'll need to create your own DIY pendant lamp.
Here is a look at the materials you'll need to create your own DIY pendant lamp.
Materials #1: A lamp kit. You can get a cheap one on Amazon for about $10.00.
Materials #1: A lamp kit. You can get a cheap one on Amazon for about $10.00.
Materials #2: These swag hooks are about $3.00. Use a drill to make the hole in your ceiling and be sure to use that little anchor there to secure it.
Materials #2: These swag hooks are about $3.00. Use a drill to make the hole in your ceiling and be sure to use that little anchor there to secure it.
Materials #3: A chain. This chain came from the Home Depot for about $0.99 per foot. I bought 8 feet, but it depends on the height of your ceiling.
Materials #3: A chain. This chain came from the Home Depot for about $0.99 per foot. I bought 8 feet, but it depends on the height of your ceiling.
STEP 1: Grab the cord that came in your lamp kit.
STEP 1: Grab the cord that came in your lamp kit.
STEP 2: Thread the end prongs of the lamp cord through the small cap piece of the lamp kit.
STEP 2: Thread the end prongs of the lamp cord through the small cap piece of the lamp kit.
STEP 3: Thread the prongs of the cord through the top of your pendant lamp. If your DIY pendant lamp doens't already have a hold, now is the time to drill one.
STEP 3: Thread the prongs of the cord through the top of your pendant lamp. If your DIY pendant lamp doens't already have a hold, now is the time to drill one.
STEP 4: Thread the prongs of the cord  through this lamp piece that comes with the kit. It will just screw in to the top cap piece. Pull the cord through to create some slack.
STEP 4: Thread the prongs of the cord through this lamp piece that comes with the kit. It will just screw in to the top cap piece. Pull the cord through to create some slack.
Now you've got the top cap and the bottom piece connected.
Now you've got the top cap and the bottom piece connected.
A closer look at the connections.
A closer look at the connections.
STEP 5: Now take your cord prongs and hook them like this.
STEP 5: Now take your cord prongs and hook them like this.
STEP 6: Use your screw driver to loosen the gold screw and the silver screw on the black piece of the lamp kit. Wrap the hooked prong around the screw, then tighten. NOTE: If your lamp doesn't work, switch the wires.
STEP 6: Use your screw driver to loosen the gold screw and the silver screw on the black piece of the lamp kit. Wrap the hooked prong around the screw, then tighten. NOTE: If your lamp doesn't work, switch the wires.
STEP 7: Push the black piece with the wires attached back into the switch cover.
STEP 7: Push the black piece with the wires attached back into the switch cover.
Now you've got a pendant lamp! Time to attached the chain.
Now you've got a pendant lamp! Time to attached the chain.
STEP 8: Use pliers to pull apart links in your chain and attach the chain to your DIY pendant lamp. Be sure each side has the same number of pieces so it hangs evenly.
STEP 8: Use pliers to pull apart links in your chain and attach the chain to your DIY pendant lamp. Be sure each side has the same number of pieces so it hangs evenly.
After connecting the chair, I have 4 links on each side, and the pendant lamp hung evenly.
After connecting the chair, I have 4 links on each side, and the pendant lamp hung evenly.
Ta-da! Now that was simple :) I love it! And it's actually inspired me to think of other creative sources of making upcycled pendant lamps!
Ta-da! Now that was simple :) I love it! And it's actually inspired me to think of other creative sources of making upcycled pendant lamps!
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  • 62q10370829
    on Dec 19, 2017

    Love the light. I made one from a candle holder. Paint the chain the same color of cord & will blend together & add 2nd hook at edge of ceiling & wall to keep cord out of way. Got one question how did you fix it to turn on - off?

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  • Vicki
    on Jun 3, 2014

    love it. ty for sharing.

  • Elaine Simmons
    on May 15, 2015

    So great! I have a broken wire fruit basket too but not nearly as cute as yours ( I think they are made to be broken) I will have to try it with a cuter one.

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