DIY Metal Basket Pendant Light Tutorial

Beau Wynja

Color Cord Company on IGTV

DIY Metal Basket Pendant Light


Upgrade this simple wire basket from Target into a gorgeous sleek DIY pendant light fixture!

Do you have a bunch of junk in your attic or garage that you have no idea what to do with? We totally get that. The team at Color Cord Company is constantly looking for new ways to upcycle old items. In fact, we found this really beautiful - and affordable! - wire basket at Target and thought, “You know what? This would make an awesome metal pendant light!” So we started this super easy and doable DIY basket pendant light project. Follow along with our experts as we show you how to transform a simple basket into a gorgeous fixture!

If you’d rather skip the re-wiring, check out one of our Single Port Fixtures instead.

Black pendant light with wire basket shade image



We put together the best items for you:

View our Video Tutorials and learn to wire and install our lightning items. Helpful videos and downloadable step-by-step tutorials for this fixture include HOW TO: CUT & STRIP FABRIC COVERED WIRE and HOW TO: WIRE SOCKETS.


Color Cord’s DIY fabric wire by the foot in black

DIY Fabric Wire by the Foot

Cloth Covered Electrical Wire available in over 100 colors and patterns! Don't be afraid to get something colorful for your DIY pendant light design!

Black socket and cord grip for a DIY metal basket pendant light fixture project

Socket and Cord Grip

This simple socket features a smooth surface and is our preferred socket to pair with our socket covers. This metal Cord Grip is also available in 6 finishes! Download step-by-step wiring instructions here!

 1 port ceiling canopy for DIY basket pendant light fixture

1-Port Ceiling Canopy - Black


The high-quality paint finish and classic black color can be used to complement or contrast your lighting project. The minimal design is compatible with every design aesthetic.

Designer light bulb from Color Cord Company


Pick any style from our huge assortment of LED bulbs! Get that vintage look with our amber finish. Or, for a modern look on your basket pendant light, choose a clear or milk finish instead.

Color Cord Company’s Color Cord 3000 wire stripping tool for DIY lighting projects

Color Cord 3000

Whether you're a newbie or a veteran with DIY wiring projects, this handy tool will make your projects easier and faster to complete. If you’d rather not get one, you can simply use a blade for this DIY pendant light! Learn other ways to strip your wire here.

wire basket for DIY metal basket pendant light

Wire Basket

We picked this modern basket in black, but you’ll find an array of different colors and metals to match your current interior decor accents.

The great thing about this DIY pendant light project is that you can really make it your own. Whether you find something in your attic that you want to give a second life, or you were gifted a nice basket that you will never, ever use otherwise, this metal pendant light project is for you! 

When you’ve given it a try, make sure to send us before and after pictures to! Good luck!

Back to blog