DIY Basket Pendant Light: How To Make A Basket Light Fixture

DIY Basket Pendant Light — On the hunt for an easy DIY pendant light to make? I’m sharing how to make a basket light fixture. And it’s so simple!

a farther away picture of the DIY basket pendant light by Sugar & Cloth

Hello, hello from the breakfast nook in our new house! I’m finally making this house feel more like home one DIY Basket Pendant Light at a time!

Okay, so not really via DIY pendant lights, but you get what I’m saying. We’ve officially been living in the new house for about two months now.

And I try to balance the fact that we still have WAY too many boxes lying around with a few styled corners.

We still have a ways to go with the breakfast area and how it flows to the connecting spaces such as the family room and our renovated kitchen. So this isn’t a true before and after of this space just yet!

That said, it does look DRASTICALLY different than it did in the original listing photos gallery in this post.

For now, I’m just focusing on sharing how to recreate this woven basket pendant light by using a plain old basket from the store and a few key supplies.

a picture of the final product of the DIY basket pendant light by Sugar & Cloth

As you can tell, this isn’t a TRUE pendant light per se. But you could easily lengthen it as much as you’d like using the same DIY idea!

Our ceilings in this room are just at eight feet, so I didn’t want to make the ceiling feel shorter by having a low hanging pendant light.

I opted for essentially creating a semi-flush DIY pendant light instead. This is also a really great option if you’re just looking to update an old light fixture because it’s easy to swap an old one out for this hanging basket light!

 a picture of the finished DIY basket pendant light from the kitchen view by Sugar & Cloth

Breakfast Room Decor

Since the light fixture is relatively short, I styled the finished product with a faux lemon plant stem to add height to the table (which is currently on a limited 20% off). The lemon stem also gives it a really modern, clean feel while still staying classic, too!

I also tied in the basket light fixture with the woven placemats for the table settings as well. I wanted a pop of color (that was still neutral) since the table and chairs are white.

The hunt for curtains was a long search. But I finally found ones that I liked from At Home.

a picture of the table centerpiece below the DIY pendant light fixture by Sugar & Cloth

Materials Needed To Make A DIY Pendant Light 

Choosing Your Basket 

I originally snagged this basket from At Home to serve as storage for our living room blankets. But my friend Shannon mentioned repurposing some similar to our hanging floral baskets and I loved that idea!…

Having a basket with a defined center at the bottom is really helpful when it comes to this DIY. You can easily still recreate this light fixture either way, but wanted to at least give you that tip!

I also preferred using a basket that didn’t have handles, but you could easily use this rattan basket as a DIY Ikea Hack version!

picture of how to install the DIY basket pendant light fixture to the ceiling by Sugar & Cloth

How To Make a Basket Pendant Light Fixture | How To Wire a Basket Pendant Light

Again, I used the base of a semi-flush mount light. There are a lot of fixture options out there for this. And most will have some sort of shade already included.

I linked to several options in the materials box above. But the how-to photo gives you an idea of what it looks like installed on the ceiling without a shade.

If you’re buying one of the ones I linked to, you’ll essentially install everything BUT the shade that comes with it.

This is an easy video tutorial for switching out a ceiling light to follow along with. I know electrical wiring can be intimidating though!

I’ve used Task Rabbit for having a quick light installed several times!

picture of how to cut the bottom center of a basket for the DIY basket light by Sugar & Cloth

Once you have the wiring for the light complete, use cutting pliers to create a hole in the bottom of the basket.

Make sure that the hole is just wide enough to slip over the light bulb socket. However, you also want it to be a hair smaller in diameter than your shade ring. A shade ring looks like this.

picture of the cut out bottom center of a basket for the DIY basket light by Sugar & Clotha picture of how to attach the DIY basket light to the light fixture on the ceiling by Sugar & Cloth

Once the hole is cut, slip it over the bulb socket until it reaches the base of the mount and screw the shade ring onto the socket to hold it in place.

Essentially you’re allowing the mounted light to hold the weight of the basket in between the shade ring and the top of the bulb socket.

a picture of how to attach the DIY basket light to the light fixture on the ceiling by Sugar & Cloth

You’ll see in the photo above that the basket is now securely held in place with the shade ring.

Once you have your basket securely in place, all you have to do is insert a cute round bulb and you’re all set!

What do you think?! I LOVE the way it turned out! It’s also really pretty when it’s lit up at night and the light is shining through the design!

a picture of the finished DIY basket light by Sugar & Cloth

More DIY Home Decor Projects

Like the idea of repurposing everyday home decor items as DIYs’s Here are a few other projects I’ve made!

a closeup picture with a text title of the finished DIY basket pendant light by Sugar & Cloth

25 thoughts on “DIY Basket Pendant Light: How To Make A Basket Light Fixture”

  1. Thanks on your marvelous posting! I quite enjoyed reading it, you’re a great author.I will make sure to bookmark your blog and will often come back in the foreseeable future. I want to encourage you to definitely continue your great posts, have a nice morning!

    • Hi Lauren! You have to buy the light fixtures come with the sockets so that’s why it is linked to the fixture (or at least the one that we used)! We didn’t have to buy a separate socket. Hope this helps!

  2. Thank you so much for this! I am going to use this idea for a space in my home but the link to the gold light socket isn’t directing to the correct place. Could you share where you found yours?

    • Hi Annie! Thanks for asking! We are going to update our post with the sources since you’re not the only one wondering. Here’s the table thats currently 20% off:

      and dining chair:
  3. The contrast between the wicker of the basket and the crisp, clean look of the rest of the room is on point! I love how you thought of the height details with the lemon stem. It’s the little things that can make a room look extra nice. Thanks for sharing!


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