DIY Basket Swag Light

IMG_2936I hate to admit this, but sometimes my husband has a good idea….it doesn’t happen very often, but sometimes he surprises me.

We have this corner of our living room that is apparently where light goes to die. Literally. I had a lamp there and it just died and had to be trashed. It broke an embarrassingly long time ago and since then we’ve been living with a dark, dreary corner. We also have these ceiling hooks that have been there since we moved in and I kept meaning to take them down, but never got around to it. This is a case where my procrastination has paid off, because for months I’ve been seeing so many awesome swag lights all over the interwebs. I decided keeping those hooks, which are conveniently placed right by an outlet, and finding a cool swag light would the best solution to my problem.


So I searched and searched for the perfect light. Something like this caged pendant light is what I had in mind. I almost pulled the trigger on one, but then Brian told be he had seen an old egg basket in one of the buildings on the farm and that it would make a cool light. So I waited not knowing what the heck this basket was going to look like or if it would work with the light cord we needed to buy. Luckily, I was pleasantly surprised with what he brought home. It was perfect. I even liked the chipped, yellow paint. So all I had to purchase was a light cord and a light bulb.


The only thing I didn’t really like was the baskets handle hanging down. I was also afraid it would be a little too tempting for our toddler to grab and try to swing from. I wanted to remove it, but once again, Brian chimed in and said I might want it on there some day. He’s right, and if I remove it, it will just get lost and I’ll never find it when I decide I want it. So instead, I grabbed some wire I had on hand, it’s basically fishing wire but silver. I think it is really meant for making jewelry, but I just wrapped a little around the handle and basket and tied it. Viola.


After that, all I had to do was thread my light cord through the hole and add a light bulb.



I’m really happy with our new light. And I like that it was a collaborative effort and my husband can’t complain about it, because it was his idea too. My light cord and Edison bulb together cost about $25, so not too bad on the wallet either. Maybe someday I’ll break down and paint it, but for now, I’m really liking the yellow, vintage vibe.


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