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DIY Twinkling Pendant Light | Pretty Handy Girl

Happy Leap Day!

How was your weekend? I had so much fun making this DIY Twinkling Pendant Light.  This idea has been floating in my head for a while. It’s a relatively easy light to make. You need very few supplies. I used a waste paper basket from Lowe’s that I bought a year ago. I’m not sure if the same can is available, but you can buy this similar one on Amazon (affiliate link).

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You’ll also want to check out my fellow creative DIYers and the amazing light fixtures they made:
The House of Wood | Sawdust 2 Stitches | My Love 2 Create | Kim Six Fix | The Ugly Duckling House

 

The best part about my project, is that I didn’t need to do any wiring. I used a recessed can converter kit from Worth Home Products. I used a similar one a few years ago to convert a recessed can light to hang this sphere light in our art & craft room. I’m a huge fan of the convenience of this product.

DIY Twinkling Light Pendant |Pretty Handy Girl

Want to make your own DIY Twinkling Pendant Light? Grab a few supplies and let’s get started.

DIY Twinkling Light Pendant |Pretty Handy Girl

Materials:

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DIY Twinkling Pendant Light | Pretty Handy Girl

Instructions:

Clean your waste paper basket and dry.

DIY Twinkling Light Pendant |Pretty Handy Girl

Tape painter’s tape around the basket bin.

DIY Twinkling Light Pendant |Pretty Handy Girl

Apply newspaper under the painter’s tape to protect the exterior of your wastepaper can.

DIY Twinkling Light Pendant |Pretty Handy Girl

Put on rubber gloves and spray the inside of your can with gold spray paint until it is coated. Use several light coats to avoid drips.

DIY Twinkling Light Pendant |Pretty Handy Girl

Allow the basket to dry and remove tape.

DIY Twinkling Light Pendant |Pretty Handy Girl

Turn the waste paper basket over and mark the center of the base.

DIY Twinkling Light Pendant |Pretty Handy Girl

Use your drill and the 1.5″ spade bit to drill into the center of the base.

DIY Twinkling Light Pendant |Pretty Handy Girl

Smooth any rough edges and slightly enlarge the hole with the metal file.

DIY Twinkling Light Pendant |Pretty Handy Girl

Drill holes into the sides of the waste paper basket with the 1/8″ drill bit.

DIY Twinkling Light Pendant |Pretty Handy Girl

I added more holes near the base and less near the rim, but you can add your own pattern.

DIY Twinkling Light Pendant |Pretty Handy Girl

Put on your leather gloves and rub any sharp edges off the interior of the basket.

DIY Twinkling Light Pendant |Pretty Handy Girl

Thread your pendant kit socket end into the base of the waste paper basket.

DIY Twinkling Light Pendant |Pretty Handy Girl

Secure the pendant light with the socket ring inside the basket.

DIY Twinkling Light Pendant |Pretty Handy Girl

Measure the height you want your fixture to be. Wind the excess cord onto the spindle bracket.

DIY Twinkling Light Pendant |Pretty Handy Girl

Thread the adapter into the recessed light.

DIY Twinkling Light Pendant |Pretty Handy Girl

Slide the canopy up against the ceiling and secure the canopy with the compression nut.

DIY Twinkling Light Pendant |Pretty Handy Girl

Turn on your light and admire your beautiful twinkling pendant light.

DIY Twinkling Light Pendant |Pretty Handy Girl

DIY Twinkling Light Pendant |Pretty Handy Girl

DIY Twinkling Light Pendant |Pretty Handy Girl

DIY Twinkling Light Pendant |Pretty Handy Girl

 

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Disclosure: Worth Home Products sent me the pendant light kit for this project. I was not paid to use the product. I was not told what to write about their product. 

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