7.14.2009

DIY: A Basket Light Pendant

Kellen is finally home, but has a full days work ahead of him. I can't wait till tonight so we can just spend some much needed time together. While he was away I had quite a to do list that I wanted to accomplish, but much of it did not happen. Instead I took the kiddos to a free movie, played, watched movies here at home with popcorn (okay, really we just watched The Bee Movie almost every night), and went to the park. I did finish making 6 little girl dresses with 5 to go for my future etsy shoppe, continued with the process of decorating a home, helped a friend make an upholstered head board, and finally making the light fixture out of a basket.



I could not be more thrilled with the way the pendant turned out. I have been wanting to do it for quite some time, but had the hardest time finding a basket the right size and without handles. Where did I happen to find this one? Well, I walked into a friends home and she just purchased this one from T.J Maxx for $10.00 dollars. She wasn't attached to it so I bought it from her. I then had a friend cut a hole in the top. I then wired it with a $20.00 dollar pendant light fixture that I found at Lowe's. It came with a glass shade, but I just left that part off and used the rest. I then had another dear friend who offered to hang it before hubby came home. My favorite part is the way the light dances off he walls at night, just gorgeous.

68 comments:

inkOBSESSIONdesigns said...

That is so neat! I love it!

bluehydrangea said...

This is so great!! I have two glass vases I have been wanting to turn into lights but I have been too chicken. You have motivated me...great job!!

melanie said...

awesome!

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Fantastic! One of the best DIY projects I've seen in a long time. Me Like-y!

Kellie Collis said...

The light is fabulous!

Kotori said...

Wow - it turned out great!

Ashley said...

Hi- I love all you have done while your hubbie is away. Mine is on a mission trip right now and I am just trying to survive with 2 little ones. You put me to shame!!! I was wondering if you could post pics of your friends headboard. I am wanting to do it and need inspiration
Thanks- Ashley

Blair said...

Oh, it is just wonderful and I would say you got quite a bit done! Good work:)

A Touch of Country said...

I LOVE it....very earthy and natural.

Truly Smitten said...

goodness! sounds like you had lots to keep you busy! Oh and your food from your previous post looked absolutely dee-lish! Yay to having your hubbie back home!

Maria said...

Saw this concept at ikea but love yours so much more... Looks great!!

Olivia said...

Your light fixture is wonderful and I would love to see pictures of that headboard, I have been wanting to make one for a long time, but still lack the funds and supplies, one day!!!

eco-stylista said...

This looks stylish and expensive! Great job!

Estelle said...

This looks fabulous. I love that you made it yourself and had it hanging by the time your hubby got home. That is great. Also can't wait to see the little girl dresses for your etsy shop. So exciting.

megan said...

I love it! Please take a night shot!

Rachel said...

Love it Paula! Great job.

I know you're so glad to have your husband home =) Enjoy your night.

Laura said...

That is fabulous! I want to make one now!!!

nkp said...

Can you hear me clapping madly for you all the way from Georgia? That looks fantastic, Paula! Good for you. IKEA has a similar, but larger version that I've had my eye on, but this is an even better deal and you just can't beat the satisfaction of knowing you did it yourself. Congrats!

simplesong said...

all i can say is AMAZING! so lovely.

Susie (So Blessed) said...

This is fabulous...I might have to try it myself. I haven't been able to find a light for my foyer that I loved so this could be a very affordable solution! That way when I tire of it I won't feel so guilty!

Jennie Bee said...

Very nice! I like it, I love on the wall though the Picture frames with the collage of your family!

My name is Erin. said...

Genius!

Kristine said...

That light is just gorgeous! You make me think that I could do something like it! Very inspiring...You are so creative!

Blueprint Bliss said...

oh.my.gosh. i LOVE it. and have been waiting for this post!! it's just so great.

The Haute-Shopper said...

Terrific DIY! I love the look of this. I'm sure if you bought this elsewhere, it would cost so much more, but the fact you made it, makes it so much more special as well. A shame I'm hopeless at DIY, or else I would attempt this too :)

Sidney Wagner said...

Great job on the pendant light! I have been dying to do the same but have yet to find the perfect basket. Glad to know the light the eminates from it is nice too!

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Hanako66 said...

it turned out just lovely...I'll bet you are so glad to have him home!

Sarah Klassen said...

So cute - I love it, Paula! Enjoy time with your husband :)

PS~Erin said...

It looks so great! Nice job!! And I can't wait to see the dresses you've been working on!

Tina { Luphia Loves... } said...

you did a great job! it looks amazing :)

Blushing hostess said...

I adore this idea but I am not longer allowed to become involved in electrical things... ah-hem...

smitten design said...

that looks marvelous. i love DIY posts!

Haven and Home said...

We have been talking about trying to do that for a while, THIS LOOKS FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

fric and frac said...

This looks so great! I'm inspired! Thanks for stopping by our blog-Two Ellie is a daily read for us!

Rebecca (Dog-Eared) said...

that is SO COOL! i'd love to try it :)

maureen said...

wow, that is amazing! DIY projects are always exciting!

Meg said...

This is a great project, could see customizing it in so many ways and would be an easy update to a room! Great job!

Jennifer said...

it looks so good, Paula!! and sounds so easy!

Embellished Bayou said...

You did a great job on this! I hope you don't mind that I am going to link your post and photo on my blog. I am doing a post on comparing DIY to buying retail, it will be up tomorrow morning (Wed. 8/5). Thanks for the inspiration!

Brittany said...

I was looking at your pictures of your daughters party and loved the basket pendant! It sounds easy. Thanks for the tip.

Anne-Marie (10 Rooms) said...

Just found your project, beautiful! I am definitly going to give it a try - linked your blog to a post I've just done! http://10rooms.blogspot.com/ Thanks!

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