Walmart Cup Turns Into Pendant Light!

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by Girls Build Club
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1 Hour

I found these iridescent cups at Walmart and knew I had to do something with them! So I turned one into a pendant light that hangs from my bedroom ceiling. It wasn't hard at all! I'll show you how I drilled a hole in the bottom of the cup and turned it into my Walmart Cup Pendant Light. haha!

For full instructions and link to the exact pendant light cord kit I bought on Amazon, click here for the full article on

Supplies Needed:

  1. Drinking Cup / Tumbler
  2. Pendant Light Cord Kit
  3. Drill
  4. Drill Bit
  5. Hole Saw and Arbor
  6. Sand Paper or Sanding Sponge

I already had the tools, which are the most expensive part of this project.

I only bought the cup and pendant light kit, and all that only cost me less than $10.

First, drill a hole with a regular drill bit. This small hole will give the hole saw arbor something to hold on to, so that it doesn't skate all over the bottom of the cup.

Then you can use the hole saw, as pictured in the photo above, to cut out a hole in the bottom of the cup.

You want the hole to be big enough for the plug of the cord to fit through, but small enough so that the light bulb socket can't slip through.

The plastic of the cup will get hot from the friction and probably melt a bit. I just kept on cutting until I made it through. However the hole was not perfect, and the melted plastic hardened into little blobs around the hole.

I sanded it down and smoothed out the edge of the hole with a sanding sponge.

And picked off some of the hardened bits of melted plastic.

Don't worry too much about getting the appearance of the hole perfect, as it will all be hidden when it's hanging above your head as a pendant light.

Now string your light cord through the hole you've created.

Screw on a light bulb that is safe for use in this situation, with this kind of covering.

You don't want it getting too hot inside that plastic cup, so do your due diligence in choosing a light bulb for this project.

Before you can hang the light, you must set the hook in the ceiling.

You can adjust how low the pendant light hangs with that plastic tab in the photo above.

What do you think? Does it look like it was made from a drinking cup?

All in all this took about 1 hour. Pretty fast!

Drill the hole and sand it down.

String the cord through the cup.

Set your hook in the ceiling.

Turn on your new light!


I'm a sucker for this iridescent color that shines through. Isn't it fun?

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  • Lynn Durkin Lynn Durkin on Sep 15, 2019

    Will the light bulb not get to hot and melt

  • Pam Pam on Sep 15, 2019

    I was wondering about the heat melting the plastic and then read that it did. Now I'm wondering about it being a fire hazard if unattended. Also, the idea of seeing half of 1/3 of a bare bulb isn't appealing - maybe a little LED or something like that, that stays inside the cup, would be preferable?

  • Dolores Dolores on Aug 03, 2021

    Does cup get hot with light bulb?

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  • Carlena Biggs Carlena Biggs on Jun 01, 2022

    I did this a few years ago and love mine. Same glass but i used a small light bulb fixture. I got the cord and bulb at Walmart. So cute.

  • Jan piner Jan piner on Jun 01, 2022

    Great idea for using the little light covers on outdated ceiling fan lights. Thx for inspiration.