I love the easy charm of metal basket pendant lights. You know the kind—the ones that look like simple metal baskets but will set you back a hundred bucks or more at the store. I've seen DIY versions of basket pendants, but have never been a fan of the bare bulb look, and would rather not have to wire a light myself. So I crafted this funky globe version of a basket pendant that looks a little less country with a whole lot of mod. No wiring required, and even better—no bare bulb!
Check out how simple it is to make—just three easy steps!
-acrylic globe (I used this 10" one.)
-2 hanging planter baskets (I used this one.)
-pendant light kit (I used this one.)
-coordinating wire (I found mine in the jewelry section of the craft store.)
-optional: metal spring, long enough to reach across small basket opening
-1 5/8" hole saw (self-feeding is best, like this one)
Optional Step: If your globe is significantly smaller than the basket you are using, you will need to utilize a spring as a tension device to dangle the globe at the precise height inside the basket. If your globe is large like mine, the globe will fill most of the basket and you don't need anything for cord tension.
A: Stretch a sturdy metal spring from one side of the small basket opening to the other. B: String the pendant light kit through the large factory hole and then the small hole you made in the globe and then through the spring on the basket. The spring will keep the wire centered and sturdy.
Step Three: Wrap small pieces of coordinating wire around the two wire baskets to connect them. Then remove the tape from step two.
Use a ceiling hook to hang your pendant, or make a floor lamp by using a hanging plant stand or lantern hook like this one from World Market.
This project is so easy to customize depending on the size of globe or type of basket you use. So many possibilities! I think it would look really nice to make two of these lights to hang above nightstands on either side of a bed. It's a great temporary lighting solution for renters too! –Mandi
Credits // Author and Photography: Mandi Johnson. Photos edited with Stella and Valentine of the Signature Collection.