TUTORIAL: How to Make a DIY Pendant Lamp

Sometimes you just get attached to things and can’t let them go, you know? Even when they’re all broken up. That’s what happened with this Crate and Barrel fruit basket I had bought about 10 years ago.

Isn’t it cute?

“Life” got the better of it and it just snapped in two! Oh, the heart break!

How to Upcycle an Old Wire Fruit Basket into a Pendant Lamp

 

 

Broken! **sob sob**……

BEFORE

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AFTER!

Hanging about my vintage drafting table in my thrifted craft room!

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I knew that the bottom part, which was intact, could still hold our yummy fruit….but I immediately thought, “PENDANT LAMP!!!” when I saw the top part.

And yes……there she is!!!

 

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Check out how cool the ceiling looks when I switch on the light? AMAZING, instant ceiling art. HAHAHAH

Wouldn’t that be cool in a kid’s room or something? Maybe even with a colored light!

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Here’s How You Do It:

 

Because I thought it would be fun, and easier to follow, here’s the VIDEO TUTORIAL on how to upcycle a DIY pendant lamp.

 

Anyhow, here’s the step-by-step instructional video, as well as written instructions :)

 STEP 1: Gather your materials.

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For this project, you’ll need the following materials:

 

  • A lamp kit. You can buy a lamp kit on Amazon for about $10. That’s where I got mine.

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  • A Swag hook. This will allow you to hang your pendant lamp from the ceiling.

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  • A chain. I got mine from the Home Depot for about $0.99 a foot, and I bought 8 feet. I probably could have used a bit more, maybe and extra foot, but it depends on the height of your ceiling. And you can totally use something more decorative, like this cute heart-shaped chain which is super cute!

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  • Pliers. PLEASE don’t try to pull apart chain links with your teeth ;) LOL
  • A screw driver. You’ll need it when you’re attaching the lamp cord to the base of the lamp screws.
  • A drill (not pictured). When you attached your swag hook, you’ll need to drill a hole for the anchor. Also, if the object you’re using doesn’t currently have a hole at the top, you will need to drill one. Here’s a good tutorial on how to drill glass. I’m going to assume you know how to drill wood? If not, grab someone handy. Google some other videos on how to drill metal or other objects you’re considering turning into DIY pendant lamps.
  • A light bulb (but, of course!).

 

STEP 1: Locate the metal prongs.

Take your lamp cord and locate the 2 metal prongs at the end of the wire.

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STEP 2: Thread the lamp cord.

The prongs will through the top cap piece of the lamp kit. It doesn’t matter which way you insert it.

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STEP 3: Insert the lamp cord through the top of the pendant lamp.

NOTE: If you’re DIY pendant lamp needs a hole drilled, now’s the time to do it. I recommend the Ryobi 18V ONE+ drill. It’s super easy to use and the battery works with all Ryobi ONE+ tools!

 

 

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STEP 4: Thread the lamp cord to the piece that comes off of the lamp base.

Hard to explain, but if you watch the video above, you’ll see what I mean! Those wires that are sticking out there, pull them through to give yourself some slack.

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STEP 5: Bend the wires at the end of the lamp cord.

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STEP 6: Attach the wires.

Using your screwdriver, loosen the gold screw and the silver screws on the lamp base and then cup the wire underneath the screw and tighten to hold in place. NOTE: If your lamp doesn’t work, switch the wires; you’ve got them on the wrong screw :)

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STEP 7: Slide the black switch up inside of the lamp base that will hold the light bulb.

 

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STEP 8: Attach the lamp base to the cap, and–VOILA!–you’ve got a new lamp!

 

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STEP 9: Attach the chain.

Here is where you will want to use your pliers to pull apart the chain links. They’re tough to get open! Also, make sure that you’re lamp is balanced. I hooked the chain so that each side had the same number of links and we all positions equality. Otherwise, it will be off-balanced.

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STEP 10: Now go brag to your friends!

They won’t believe you were so crafty :)

And there ya go!

A really cheap way to add something interesting to your decor, so that when people come over, they can’t believe you hung a–GASP–fruit basket from your craft room ceiling. Oh, and hubby still keeps shaking his head at me, asking, “WHY did you make that? I still don’t get it….”

No, dear, you never will. It’s a DIY thing ;)

 

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Hey there, I'm Serena, a 36-year-old working mom of 3 young boys who can't get enough DIY! If you actually made it to the bottom of this post to read this, it means you're really enjoy my blog. That means SO much. If I can inspire just one person through my passion and energy for DIY, then I'm fulfilling my life's purpose. Thanks for joining me, and I hope you'll subscribe so we can keep in touch! ~Serena

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  1. this is very cool and I ma need to give this a shot some day!

  2. Pam says:

    Very unique idea and quite beautiful. Love the shadows on the ceiling -although it might make one slightly dizzy ;).

    You really have very cool ideas and you are so creative. Too bad you can’t bottle that and market it.

    • Serena says:

      I know, you should have seen my face when I first turned it on. I was like, “WHOA, what?!” I didn’t think about the shadows it would create! But afterwards, I think it was pretty cool, and it gave me some ideas for other lamps I could make specifically with holes or some other designs just to create the cool shadow effect on the ceiling :) Kids would love something like that!

  3. mitchelle says:

    I do think you can market those creative stuff you have. You can sell online and ship it to whoever wants to buy.

    • Serena says:

      You’re right! I think that’s the plan down the road. Right now, I have so many blank spaces in my house that needs some creativity, all my stuff goes into decorating my own house. Soon I will begin selling! :) Thanks for your comment! :)

  4. Liberty Boblett says:

    I love the shadows the light cast off! Great and easy to understand DIY!

  5. Rachelle says:

    This is so cool and creative! I love the shadow it casts on the ceiling. Thanks for posting the instructions on how you made it. Found you on the AT Homies and now following. Love your blog!

  6. Cynthia says:

    I just love the shadows this puts on the ceiling! I was nervous about the wiring part but you made it so easy, thanks!

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