Pendant Light DIY Under $20 in About 1 Hour.

3 Materials
45 Minutes

Pendant light with remote and battery operated.

I had a dark and dead space in my

basement and side entrance. This space had

no overhead electricity, and because I didn't

want it there permanently, I decided to make

my own. This project will take under an hour after you get all your supplies together.

A glimpse at the final look. To be honest, this idea was a last-minute decision. I originally wanted light bulbs hanging but found out I would have to charge them and turn them on and off manually. This would not work for me because I needed a ladder to reach it. So plan B.

I had these doggie bowls in my garage collecting dust. You can get some at the dollar tree. The wood is also from my garage. I ordered the Puck lights online. After doing a lot of research I decided on these. I used the 3 bowls I had on hand, you can use as many as you like. Test your puck lights after putting in your 3x3 (aa) batteries. This step is crucial!

I had this chain in, you guessed it my garage. I call my garage the black hole. My husband thinks he is one day going to use all the tools he has collected. When I remodel I keep a few things. My luck is I throw it out and the next week or so I need it lol. The chain, you can get at your hardware store or you can try rope for a more rustic look. My look was industrial.

I ask my husband to drill the holes for me, so he doesn’t say I made his drill bit dull 😊. Meanwhile, I painted the wood. As you can see the base of the puck light had to get attached. The light comes with 3m stickers, but I wanted it more secure, so I ask him to screw them in for me. Then remove them so I could spray paint the bowl.

I had this dark brown paint, you guessed it in the garage. I almost bought spray paint, but the idea was to use what I had.

I used 2 different shades of gold. The light gold I sprayed on the inside of the bowl and the dark gold on the outside. My brain thought the lighter gold would make the light look brighter. Luckily I was right.

This is after the spray dried. As you can see the holes were pre-drilled to make it easier to screw into the wood. So sorry I didn’t take more step-by-step pictures I got excited and forgot. So I will try you talk you through it.

After the wood and the bowls are dried, you will need to screw in eye hooks for the wood and screw in vinyl coated cup hooks for the ceiling. Measure the length from the ceiling for your light so you know how long you need to cut the chain, then be sure to mark your wood where you want your bowls and the chain to be. Basically, just screw in your hooks, screw on your bowls and then screw on the back part of your puck light, attach the front of the light, attach your chain, hang and you're done.

This is what it looks like from below

I must add it looks a lot better in person than in photos!

Night view on 100%

Night view on 50%. My son who usually doesn’t notice much said “mom you finally got a light for the back door”. He made my day!

I enjoyed making the project because I only had to buy the bulbs and I can remove it and put it anywhere I like.

I also Velcro the remote to the wall to give it a more light switch feeling! Hope you have fun with this!

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  • Susie Centeno-Cannon Susie Centeno-Cannon on Apr 15, 2022

    How long do those puck lights last? I know it depends on usage, but do you leave them on for a few hours at a time at night? Does one remote work for all 3 lights? TIA! 👍️

  • Kdb Kdb on Apr 15, 2022

    How do you change the batteries? Do you know if they make rechargeable/solar puck lights? That way you could open the curtains during the day and they could charge themselves. I am mobility challenged so climbing ladders to change batteries is out of the question lol.

    I love how this looks and that they are remote operated.

    great job

  • Pam Pam on Apr 15, 2022

    What a clever and inexpensive idea! Great job. 🙂

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  • Lauren Lauren on May 07, 2022

    This is a fabulous idea! I love it! I wanted to put lighting above our little dining table in our living/dining

    room. Without electricity access, though, I couldn't. Until now! Wow, you made my day. I can't wait to get started making this. Thank you so

    much for sharing. Lauren

  • Bar3373641 Bar3373641 on May 11, 2022

    I plan on doing one or three of these this weekend. one over my bar and kitchen sink. LOve this