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DIY Basket Pendant Light

Want to make a DIY basket pendant light? It’s super easy!

One of the last touches for our laundry room makeover was to update the lighting from an old boob light. I wanted a basket light to really bring that textured feel up to the ceilings. I found an amazing long basket at Goodwill that we planned to hang, actually got up to hold at the ceiling, and realized that it hit the cabinet when you open the door. If we had thought about this earlier, we could have mounted the cabinet on the left side, but at this point we had already tiled around it.

So, I had to get a smaller basket. I’m honestly sad about it – the small basket just does not have the impact that I wanted. But, it’s literally to the centimeter as big as we could go here. So, we are going with it. If you are interested in your own DIY basket pendant light, here’s how to create one.

Here is everything we’ve done for our Laundry Room makeover so far:

Design plan

Painting & scraping

Oversized pegboard shelving 

DIY plywood countertop

Hanging and painting a reclaimed cabinet

Hang a peel & stick tile wall

Basket wall hangings

DIY Metal Storage Bins

DIY Basket Pendant Light

Laundry Room Reveal

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DIY Basket Pendant Light

DIY Basket Pendant Light

DIY Basket Pendant Light via Charleston Crafted

What you need:

What you do:

Remove the part of the light kit that attaches to the ceiling from the wire.

DIY Basket Pendant Light via Charleston Crafted

You will need to make a hole in the center of your basket. We used a pen to separate the weave wide enough to slip in the wire of the pendant light kit.

DIY Basket Pendant Light via Charleston Crafted

Pull it through. Re-attach the top piece.

DIY Basket Pendant Light via Charleston Crafted

Remove the old light. Be sure that the power is cut to the light (at your circuit breaker!) and watch several YouTube videos if this is your first time.


Rewire the new light to the wiring and attach the new fixture. Each fixture is slightly different, but just make sure to adjust the height to what you want. We wanted it to be all the way up since the space isn’t that tall.

That’s it. It’s not exactly what we wanted, but it looks a heck of a lot better than the boob.

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Friday 10th of November 2017

Great DIY!

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