Thrift Store DIY – Basket Pendant Light

First, I want to thank Anj for allowing me to share with you this thrift store DIY.  She has inspired me to look at things in a whole new light. (no pun intended :))

So, my thrift store find was an old plant basket. I probably would have passed it by but I put my thinking cap on and had a great idea. To re-purpose this thrift store basket into a DIY Basket Pendant Light.

housewiththeview basket pendant


One of the rooms I am are currently working on is my husband’s office.  To add a sense of whimsy and fun, I wanted to add a bright color yellow and I did that with this thrift store basket.  Let me show you how I did it.

Here are the items I used.

housewiththeview Diy items

The basket, a pendant light kit from Lowes, yellow spray paint and I used an old CD to cover the large opening in the basket.  This will hold the light in place as well.

Basket after paint

I first cleaned and painted the basket.

housewiththeview cd painted

I then painted the front and back of the CD. I allowed the basket and CD to dry completely overnight.

housewiththeview adding Light

The next morning, I attached the CD with a hot glue gun and added the pendant light kit.  I could have stopped here and installed the light. But I felt it need something else.

adding ribbon


I added some burlap ribbon to the bottom with a hot glue gun.  I love my hot glue gun!  This way it would tie into the other colors in the room. We will see if I really like it, I can always remove it if it doesn’t work.

finished light

I always wondered what do you do to keep the lighting kit in place if there is a large opening. Well, the next time you see a basket with a large opening don’t discard it.  You can be creative with all sorts of items in your home.

Do you have a DIY project that uses unexpected items?

Once again, Thank you Anj, for giving me the opportunity to share this DIY project with you and your readers.  Hope you liked it.

You can find more of my DIY projects by visiting my website @

Have a Beautiful and Blessed Day!

Love G 🙂

Thanks so much G for coming over today and showing us such a great revamp.

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14 Responses

  1. mrsthaywood says:

    What a unique and cost effective way to bring character to your home…love it.

  2. rothj258 says:

    Very cool! We have a bare bulb light in our downstairs bathroom, this DIY is happening.

  3. Gracie says:

    You can even do this with a wicker basket. Fun and fast DIY 🙂

  4. adventuresinmindfulcooking says:

    How cool! I love anything that Reduces,Reuses , and Recycles! And the fact that it looks pretty cool ( like somthing I would pay a lot of money for in some fancy shop somewhere) is great! I am going to share this on our Adventures in Mindful Living FB page today. Thanks for linking up with us this week for MMM link up party! I hope you will come by this evening and link up another great post!

  5. Ritchil says:

    Using an old CD to cover the opening is super clever! Love it!

    • Gracie says:

      Thanks, Took a while to figure how I was going to keep the light kit in place. the cd was staring me in the face and said “heck i think it will work” and it did. did the happy dance. 🙂

  6. That is very cool! Looks great! Thanks for sharing at TTF!

  7. I have vision, but I wish I had this type of vision. Great job! Thanks for sharing and linking up with Countdown in Style!


  8. slywlf says:

    Love it! Cute, clever and DIYlicious! 😉