DIY Hanging Industrial Lamps

Monday, September 8, 2014

Hey y'all! How was the weekend? We stayed busy, of course, and I made a couple lamps for our living room that I am really in love with and cannot wait to show you!

The hubbs complains every day about there not being enough room on his end table. There is a lamp that usually sits there and he always has an ipad, phone & drink, at least, sitting there as well. I solved his problem this weekend with a couple hanging lamps. No end tables required! :)

Of course y'all know my decor style is rustic/industrial so I definitely wanted to go for an industrial look with the lamps. Once I got a general idea of what I was aiming for I headed right on over to my favorite store (Homegoods) and spotted these awesome lantern/basket/trashcan things. They look like lanterns to me but they were in the "basket" section so who knows! To me...they are lamps. They were $19.99 each...I was aiming for something cheaper but these were perfect for what I had in mind so I had to get them.

I then headed over to Lowes to get the lamp kits and light bulbs and took my happy butt on home to start creating.

Here's what you'll need:

(Lamp kit, screw driver, wire snips and the item you want to turn into a lamp)

I won't go into all the details but wiring a lamp is really pretty simple. I have only done this one time before and I had no trouble then or now.

I just drilled a small hole in the bottom of the baskets and then stuck the wires through before hooking them up to the socket.

I wired them up to the socket, put the light bulb in and plugged it in to make sure it was working...once that was successful I took them into the living room to figure out where to hang them!

THAT was a problem! These are fairly heavy. I had intended to just put a hook in the ceiling, hang the light and be done. WRONG. Of course gravity would work against me and if I tried to hang these by the cord alone they would come crashing down and all my hard work would be for nothing!

I had to put everything on hold and do a quick google search to figure out the best way to hang these without buying a "swag" lamp kit from the store. I do not like the look of the chain for a swag kit and I didn't want to use that.

I finally came across CREED - otherwise known as Carol Reed Design and she mentions how they used a wire rope clip to hang a pendant lamp without the swag kit. Basically, it's a piece of metal and is meant to make the cord into a loop secured by bolts. Perfect for what I needed so I had to run to Lowes quickly last night before they closed and snatch up a couple of these bad boys!

Here's what it looks like: Please excuse the cray cray pajama pants in the back ground!

You just loop the cord around the metal and then secure with the U shape bolt and  a couple nuts. Easy peasy! It creates a strong loop perfect for hanging heavy lamps.

And these wonderfully amazing lamps are what I ended up with!

To me, they are pure perfection! Exactly the look I was going for!

See the Mr.'s nice little empty end table over there? I am nothing if not a generous wifey. I had to do something about his crowded table! :-)

Here they are last night with the overhead lights turned off:

I used Edison bulbs so they are not blinding us and I love the shapes and shadows that they throw off around the room!

The cat also appreciates having an empty end table...

So what do y'all think? Hubbs thinks they are awesome...but my mom just said "cool" - I say to each their own...but I freakin' love them! They are one of my favorite DIY's to date.

Thanks for lookin'!

Linking up here: Love of Family and Home


  1. These lamps are really awesome! I love how rustic they look. And I totally agree with you on them not looking like baskets. I would be thinking lamps as well!

    1. Thanks Jessica! They really were the perfect thing to turn into a light. And the end look was exactly what I dreamed up in my head. :)

  2. I love how it turned out ! I need to ask my hubby to make me one !

  3. Fantastic lamps! And what a great way to hang them. It's always nice when an idea in your head turns out! Love!

    1. Thank you! I am thrilled with how they turned out and hubby compliments me on them daily with "Wow, I can't believe you made those" or "You are awesome for making those" LOL

  4. Oh my goodness! I love how those turned out! :) You are a DIY Queen! Great job! :)

  5. Great tips! Thank you so much for sharing this! I have been wanting to try put some DIY lamps at my home but I had no idea how to do it. Well, now I do :) I will pin this!


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