I'm not gonna lie - I'm really excited about this project! It all came about when I found this pendant cage light on wisteria.com.
LOVE it, but not for $129!! So, what's a girl to do? Why, make one herself, of course!
I started with a hanging planter basket from Wal Mart that cost $5, and a light kit from Ikea that cost $4.
The hanging basket had a slight metallic sheen to it, so I gave it a coat of flat black paint.
Unfortunately, the hole in the bottom of the basket was too big for the light to stay in place, so I went to Lowe's to try and find something to help. I was thinking of some kind of metal flange, but I saw the size I needed was over $7, so I moved right along. I was coming up on the closet storage aisle and immediately thought of those things that hold a curtain rod in place. And when I found them, I learned that they are called closet rod flanges...makes sense =) Oh, and it cost under $4 too.
I ended up painting it black, but I think it would look cool to leave it as-is for an industrial look.
I attached it to the top of the basket (turned upside down) with a twisty tie that was originally holding the light cord together. Now that's what I call being resourceful!
Next, I just slid the plug up through the opening and hung the light to take pictures.
But as you might be able to tell, the light was sitting kinda crookedly, but I had an easy solution for it. It's kind of hard to explain, but I took the cord out, and then took the black piece (right above the light bulb) off by unscrewing the light bulb. Then I moved it to the opening at the top and threaded the cord through again.
I wasn't crazy about the lighting in this picture, so I hung the light outside on a tree and I loved the way it looked! (Please excuse the billion pictures you're about to see!)