DIY Basket Pendant Light

LAST UPDATED: Jul 09, 2021 | PUBLISHED: Mar 16, 2015 | By:

If you’re on the hunt for the perfect basket pendant light fixture, look no further! Create your own affordable, charming textural basket light with this incredibly easy step by step tutorial to turn any basket into a light.

Anyone can do this project, turning anything into a light fixture. Create a basket hanging light or use anything you’d like… let’s get creative together and make a gorgeous pendant light for any room of your home!

This outdoor pendant light fixture was created from a basket & a light kit for an inexpensive, but beautiful fixture

This post was originally shared March 16, 2015 and updated with fresh content, images and a tutorial on July 8 2021.

I have a friend Kelly, who is a florist, who taught me years ago that anything is a vase. It opened up a world of decorating opportunities to rethink objects and make centerpieces out of them.

The same mantra applies to light fixtures.

While I’m not in an overly DIY phase right now, sometimes you just can’t find exactly what you’re looking for and you have to create it from scratch. You can turn anything into a light fixture. Well, almost.

Originally, I wanted a copper lantern in our screened in porch. It’s parallel to the sunroom/breakfast nook that I just hung a beautiful brass lantern in.

However, I just wasn’t ready to spend several hundred dollars on a light fixture rarely seen by anyone but us. I started with a beautiful brass lantern I found at HomeGoods similar to this but twice the size, but it just didn’t feel right, so I returned it.

I wanted this space to be slightly more casual and breezy. Enter, this DIY basket pendant light project.

Wicker seating at a dining table on a screened in porch, woman placing floral centerpiece on the table..

To see more of our screened in porch and our entire St. Louis home, don’t skip this Before and After photo tour! You’ve got to see it to believe it.

Basket Pendant Light

I keep an ongoing list of wants and needs on my phone so that when I’m antiquing, thrifting, and shopping at an outlet, I’m ready to make a purchase if the right piece presents itself.

Chris and I happened upon this whitewashed basket at the Restoration Hardware Outlet for $30. At the time, we thought it was an accent piece.

It was displayed on an end table just waiting to be rescued. Well, we weren’t that creative because it is in fact a pendant shade.

Basket light fixture

How to Make a DIY Basket Pendant Light

We and hung it in minutes in place of the ceiling fan. I think it makes the room feel casual and intimate. The same concept can be applied to anything with an opening on the top or a drillable area.

  1. First, get creative with your shade of choice! If you’re on a budget, look for a second hand option, find my favorite tips for the Look for Less, or learn How to Search Craigslist. Below, you’ll find a list of my favorite affordable baskets that would work beautifully as basket pendant lights!
  2. Next, purchase a Pendant Light Kit. These come in a variety of styles and colors, so be sure to find one that fits your space!
  3. Simply follow the package instructions to add your basket around the ring of the pendant light kit fitter, marking the center for a perfect spot to hang. This may or may not involve drilling a hole in your basket for the wiring – it depends on the basket you choose!
  4. Install the pendant light anywhere you’d like! If you’re unsure of yourself, you can always hire an electrician. But changing a light fixture is something anyone can do!

{Image below courtesy of Clary Pfeiffer}

beautiful outdoor light fixture

The Best Baskets for a DIY Basket Pendant Light

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  • Avoid or remove handles, as they might conflict with the look of your basket light pendant.
  • If you’re hanging your basket pendant light outdoors, be sure to purchase a Weatherproof Ceiling Pendant Light Kit for safety.

We hung a couple more light fixtures over the weekend as well. Things are slowly starting to take shape!

What do you think? Are you a fan of the look of charming basket pendant lights like we are? I’d love to hear from you!

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