Sometimes you just get attached to things and can’t let them go, and in those time, you just upcycle it into awesome DIY lighting!
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!
Broken! **sob sob**……
Hanging about my vintage drafting table in my thrifted craft room!
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!!!
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!
How to Make DIY Lighting – Your Own Pendant Lamp
STEP 1: Gather your materials.
- A lamp kit
- Power drill
- Swag hook
For this project, you’ll need the following materials:
- A lamp kit. You canlamp kit on Amazon for about $10. That’s where I got mine.
- A lamp kit. This will allow you to hang your pendant lamp from the ceiling.
- 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 heart link cable which is super cute!
- 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.
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.
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!
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.
STEP 5: Bend the wires at the end of the lamp cord.
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
STEP 7: Slide the black switch up inside of the lamp base that will hold the light bulb.
STEP 8: Attach the lamp base to the cap, and–VOILA!–you’ve got a new lamp!
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.
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 😉