How to Make a DIY Basket Pendant Light Using Rope & a Balloon

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Today, I am going to make a giant boho-style DIY basket pendant lamp with my friend Orit.

She just moved to a new place and wants to inject a bit of her earthy boho style into the space. Together, we’ll show you how to make a boho pendant light from scratch using rope and a balloon.

Yes, you can have a DIY boho rattan pendant light with just a few simple materials and on a budget! Let’s get started.

Tools and materials:

  • Natural rope
  • Scissors
  • XL balloon
  • School glue
  • Spray glue
  • Cornstarch
  • Floor covering
  • Screwdriver
Blowing up a large balloon

1. Blow up the balloon

Blow up a balloon to the size you want your pendant to be. Make sure to use strong balloons, as you don’t want them to pop when you’re in the middle of the DIY.

Mixing glue and cornstarch

2. Mix the glue with cornstarch and water

Now we’re going to create a mixture of glue, cornstarch, and water. You want 3 parts glue to 1 part water, and the 3-4 tablespoons of cornstarch are going to help stiffen the glue when it dries.

Soaking the rope in the mixture

3. Soak the rope

Start swirling the rope around in the mixture. Once the rope is completely wet, it’s time to start wrapping!

Wrapping the rope around the balloon

4. Wrap the rope around the balloon

Make a little knot at the top and then start wrapping the rope around the balloon, from the bottom to the top, multiple times.

Making a DIY pendant light

Go in different directions, making sure it’s tight enough that it doesn’t fall off, but not so tight that if the balloon moves a little bit, it will pop.

Tip: this type of glue is easy to remove from clothes, but I wouldn’t recommend wearing your favorite outfit to do this DIY because it’s going to get messy!

Wrapping the rope horizontally

Once you’ve gone around the balloon vertically, change it up and go horizontally.

How to make a boho pendant light

5. Make a knot on top

When you’re finished, make a tiny knot on top to secure the rope. How do you know when you’re done? It’s up to you. The more layers there are, the thicker the rope, and the less light will come through your pendant. It depends on what you want the final result to look like.

Dried DIY basket pendant lamp

6. Wait for it to dry

We came back two days later and the DIY basket pendant lamp is completely dry.

Popping the balloon inside

7. Pop the balloon

The most fun part: pop the balloon!

Cutting a hole in the lampshade

8. Make holes at the bottom and top

Cut out the bottom using a pair of scissors, This is where the light will go. At the top, you just need a small hole for the cable.

Removing the end of the cable

9. Remove the ends of the cable

Now for the scariest part of any DIY project: electricity. Unscrew the end of your light fixture, but note down which side is which (N and L) so that you screw it back the correct way later.

Threading the cable through the hole

10. Thread it through the hole

Now, thread it through the small hole you made at the top, where the end of the balloon was.

Affixing the pendant lamp

11. Affix the pendant

Affix the pendant where you want it to go and connect the electrics up. I screwed a hook into the ceiling and had it hang low over the coffee table.

DIY basket pendant lamp

DIY basket pendant lamp

Here’s the final reveal! This DIY basket pendant lamp looks so great in Orit’s new apartment and really gives off that boho vibe. You could also experiment with this idea and thread fairy lights into the pendant, rather than a bulb.

Let me know what you think of the finished pendant in the comment section below.

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  • Zeze Zeze on Feb 04, 2023

    Looks fantastic! Can one spray it with an acrylic spray so it could be wiped down with a wet rag?

  • Teresa Teresa on Apr 02, 2023

    Oh yes where could I get spray glue never seen any. Is it strong holding?

  • Linda Miller Linda Miller on Apr 10, 2024

    Love the project! REALLY LOVE the wall art behind it! Any info on that?

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  • Jackie Jackie on Apr 16, 2023

    Is there any other material that can be used rather than roping. I'd like to make it a little less rustic.

    • Beth Booth Beth Booth on Oct 27, 2023

      Yarn or spray paint a bright color instead might do the job. It’s a great project but maybe it doesn’t fit your needs at this time so you need to look for something different

  • Sheryl Monaspa Sheryl Monaspa on Jun 23, 2023

    Love this space. What is this style called?