5 Minute DIY Vintage Industrial Pendant Light

Good afternoon lovely people!  I hope you are well!

I’m super excited to share today’s project with you because it is quick and simple, and you get a lot of bang for your buck!

5 Minute DIY VIntage Industrial Pendant Light Tutorial from TheDomesticHeart.com

Do you love the industrial style?  Or little vintage touches?  Well, this quick and easy project will help you add a vintage industrial touch to any space. 5 Minute DIY VIntage Industrial Pendant Light Tutorial from TheDomesticHeart.comI found this vintage lamp shade cage at an antique store a while back and always planned to make a light fixture out of it.  I thought I would weave the wires with jute twine, but after I did it I didn’t like it, so I decided to use the bare cage in all its rusty glory.

I love the decidedly industrial feel, especially when you add the Edison bulb.  This project is so easy – I really hope you will make one too.  If you don’t have or can’t find a vintage shade like this one, you have some options.

You could use a vintage- or vintage inspired- metal basket, like this one, found on Amazon for $15.  I would just remove the handle.

This one is only $12.

Another option would be to use an inexpensive hanging planter cage.  You could paint or distress the metal too.  You can find one here or at your local garden center.

The only other items you need are a hanging lantern power cord and some Edison bulbs.  These cords are very inexpensive and have a switch on the cord so it’s easy to turn them on and off.  Get one like the one below that has the screw on band on the end – you’ll see why in a minute.

You can also buy Edison bulbs on Amazon for a better price than at your local home improvement store.

Now for the tutorial to make the easiest ever light fixture!  This literally took me 5 minutes from start to finish!

  1. Gather your materials.  Not shown is a pair a fairly heavy-duty wire cutters and someone with strong hands. :)
  2. Unscrew the band from the end of the light cord
  3. Center the end of the socket on the top of the basket and mark around the edges.   This will tell you where to cut the wires.  You can still see a little of the green Sharpie I used to mark mine.  Then cut each wire at the mark.
  4. Flip the basket over and test the fit.
  5. Insert socket into the circle you created.  If it doesn’t fit, trim the wire a bit.
  6. Screw on the band, securing the socket to the basket.
  7. Screw in the light bulb and hang your light wherever you’d like.  Enjoy!
    5 Minute DIY VIntage Industrial Pendant Light Tutorial from TheDomesticHeart.com5 Minute DIY VIntage Industrial Pendant Light Tutorial from TheDomesticHeart.comRight now my light is hanging in my son’s nursery, but I am planning to put it in my bedroom when I complete the Rustic French Farmhouse update I’m working on.  I think this light will go perfect in there.5 Minute DIY VIntage Industrial Pendant Light Tutorial from TheDomesticHeart.com5 Minute DIY VIntage Industrial Pendant Light Tutorial from TheDomesticHeart.com
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  2. says

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  3. says

    Pretty! I have two mini pendants for our peninsula that I’m working on right now using this similar technique. And I bought a wire basket for a kitchen flushmount later too. Yours looks great! Your Edison bulb definitely kicks it up a notch. :)
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