DIY Pendant Light

First of all, happy 2012!  I hope you all had a wonderful time ringing in the new year.  I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to move past the holidays and get back on track with our list of projects around the house.  As you know, we’re working on our closet makeover.  We are hoping to have it all done by this coming weekend and I can’t wait to share all the DIY projects that have gone into it.  It’s a beaut:)  Anyway, today I’m giving you a sneak peak and sharing a quick, easy, and inexpensive DIY pendant light that you could do in any room in your house.

After being inspired by Ashley’s bucket light, we decided to try the method out to make a personalized light for the closet.  You can literally make a light of anything you want {a bowl, bucket, milk jug, the possibilities are truly endless}.  We liked the look of this light that I pinned from Gap Interiors.

We are using rope in other areas of the closet so it will tie everything in nicely.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • manila rope
  • a 10.5″ work light
  • mini pendant kit

We bought all of our supplies at Home Depot but any hardware store should carry these materials.  This was the light we used to have in our closet.

Take it out:)  To make the new light, start by taking the mini pendant kit and unscrewing one end to get the wires through the work light.

Then slide the rope through the opening in the work light and reattach it to the pendant.

Since the fixture in the pendant kit is round and the work light is rounded, the two will be a little wobbly.  The rope will help secure this so don’t worry if it slides around at first.  Mike then rewired it into the ceiling.  He had to cut the wire to make it the length we wanted before hanging.

Once it was secured in place, it was time to start on the rope.  I started in the center area to keep the pendant piece in place.

From there, I glued around the top part of the work light.  You could cover the whole work light or just part, like we decided to do.  It depends what look you are going for.

Once you have glued as much as you like, cut the rope and then start gluing up the cord.  This takes some patience because you’ll have to hold the rope in place for a few second as you put it around or it will not stay.  The more glue the better here. And that’s it!  A perfectly industrial/rustic pendant light.

We like it so much we may do a smaller version over our kitchen island.  Total cost:  $23.  Hard to beat.  Can’t wait to show you the rest of the closet!





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  1. Jessica DeHart says:

    I saw a pendant light on pinterest! You did a fantastic job and I LOVE your way about finding deals and all of your improvising! You make everything look awesome! This is my way of saying I’m going to steal YOUR ideas! Again, great job :)

  2. Thanks for sharing. My husband is a residential contractor, were always looking for new ways to save a buck on a flip or new construction!

    • I’m glad it’s helpful! You could do it a million different ways to fit different houses. I’d love to see if you try it!

  3. Great job…it turned out great!


  4. This is awesome! Totally have to pin it

  5. LOVE this light! Awesome job :)

  6. Kay Dougherty says:

    Awesome! What kind of glue did you use?

  7. Very fun! Can’t wait to see how it ties in to the rest of the closet!

  8. I’m dying over these…they look amazing!!

  9. I have never seen this before. You are so creative. This looks good.

  10. Love this! I want to do a DIY lamp shade or something for our existing hallway light – this gives me some good ideas!

  11. So very cute! I love the country/industrial look :-) You just can’t beat the price. Visiting from Serenity Now.

  12. you make it look so easy! I think I will put on hubby’s To List. Visiting from Tatertots and Jello

  13. Great job!! I just love industrial lighting :)

  14. So cool!!

  15. What a fantastic idea! I love the look and you did such a great job. I’m following you so stop by and visit. I love meeting new blog friends, Lori

  16. Hi there- Beautiful blog! Newest follower from Linky Party.
    Would love a visit and follow back. Who did your blog design? I am in the process of trying to get my blog overhauled and it’s a tedious process. Happy New Year, laura

  17. What a fun idea to add the rope – I love it! I am stopping by from TT&J –


  18. Your lamp looks great, well done! I have this linked to my lamps & lights post too today, for inspiration!


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