Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Cage Light For Under $15

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!)












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39 comments:

Creative Ambitions said...

Very cool Ali!! Great idea... clever!! :)

Amy Kinser said...

You did such a great job!

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

I love this! Now that was creative!

Ashley @ Joyful Creations said...

This is awesome. I actually purchased a couple of black baskets from goodwill and had an idea for a chandelier. I couldn't decide if I wanted to do a light or candle chandelier. You make it look pretty easy though!

Kendra@My Insanity said...

I've seen these kind of lamps in lots of high end catalogs. Great version! and Great price tag!

Anita@GoingALittleCoastal said...

I think it look so great! I have two of them in the garage and was thinking about the same thing. Glad to see it can be done!

Kenzie said...

This is amazing! I think I need to find somewhere to put one in my house!

Cap Creations said...

This is cool! I love the vintage feel of it.

Come say hi when you get a chance!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Wow, This is amazing and it looks really expensive! I was in a very high end home decor shop recently that carried similar chandeliers. I loved them but they started at $299.00 for the pendant size. Yours is wonderful!
xo, Sherry

The Tattered Cottage said...

LOVE this idea.....how creative! I am going to have to try this, it looks pretty simple to do. Thanks for sharing.
♥ Toni

Mandy @ mintnclandycreate said...

Hey Ali! I found you on Tatertots and Jello. I love your idea for fixing the hole on this lighting fixture! I'm working on something similar, which I hope to have up soon!

I am also your newest follower!

The Fear Fam said...

Stopping by from Tatertots and Jello. I love this! I am bookmarking to show my husband. :) Thanks for sharing your creativity!

raisingcamelot said...

What a great idea! I'm in love with cage lights right now and have been trying to find an economical way to DIY. Thanks for sharing!

Abigail

homesteader said...

very nice! great job!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

I LOOOOOVVVEEEEE this! I so want one of these! Maybe three above my sink area.. oooeeee... I need to go shopping. :)

Donna

abby @ tales and trials said...

So fun! I love how it turned out.

judi said...

hi ali,
thanks for stopping by and giving me some bloggy love about my light fixture!

this cage light you pulled together is just AWESOME! SO resourceful and w/industrial flair. wouldn't this be so cool to use outside under a canopy, screenhouse or porch?! hmmm...the wheels are a turnin'

have a wonderful weekend,
judi ;)

shabbylisaw said...

Seriously cute idea!!!! Into the save file!

Brassy Apple said...

Love it! I've always loved that look now I just need a place for one in my house!

great job!

stopping by from tatertots and jello blog! ~

TheVirginiaHouse said...

Amazing!!! I love it. Please come link it up to We Can Do It Cheaper. This is the kind of thing that is perfect for me!!! Great job. (can you tell I'm excited?!)

Bec said...

This is so cool! Will put it in my idea book for when we get a house!

this blessed nest said...

brilliant idea!!!! {insert lightbulb above your head}...

you are a clever girl!

you've got me thinking of endless possibilities.
i love that!

Angie said...

This is FANTASTIC!!!!!!!! I have a series on my facebook fan page (really it's a photo album) That I call "different uses" I'd love to be able to add this to it!! Of course I'd link back to your blog. Let me know if that's ok!! ;)

Angie said...

Almost forget, the name of my fan page is All My Treasures, incase you'd like to check it out first ;)

Krista@thegatheringplacedesign said...

I love this! You are awesome...way to go.:) It looks amazing!

Kim said...

Absolutely adorable - good thinking all the way around.

Lori said...

Definitely deserves 100 pictures.. It is a great project, love it.

*kim* said...

totally clever project! I bought an old wire basket that I thought would make a cute light - you may have inspired me to attempt it! :)

gina3 said...

Genius! I absolutely love it (and the price!). It really looks great as an outdoor lighting feature, hanging in the trees. I know it will be beautiful inside as well.

Lisa said...

AMAZING project. LOVE IT

Beth Rutter said...

LOVE IT! Can you imagine a few of those hanging from a tree on on a covered porch? Divine!

I recently used a locker basket as a light fixture over my sink. You can see it here if you'd like. http://everydaylifeofbellom.blogspot.com/2010/05/kitschy-kitchen.html

Also, I'd love to feature your light on my blog, if you'd be up for that!

Melissa said...

I can not even tell you how in love I am with this idea! I will have to do this in my house. Thanks for sharing and you did such a great job.

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Wow - looks fabulous! Fantastic idea! Hope you are enjoying your weekend! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Shannon @ Quarry Orchard said...

I love it! When I first saw it, I thought... "that's cool, but I don't have a wire thing like that...." That's great that you made it so cheaply! What a great idea! :)

decdiva1 said...

fantastic knock off! i wanna do that in my laundry room, which is just a bare bulb right now! thanks for the tutorial!

Rene @ cottage and vine said...

Aren't you a smart one? Love that project!!

Ali@Honey and Maple Syrup said...

Thanks for all the great comments! I hope I inspired others to make it or something similar!

Adrienne said...

Love it. you've got me thinking about an old lampshade frame that I saw at my local Value Village! Hope it is still there!

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