Saturday, November 5, 2011

A Tisket, A Tasket, I Made a Lamp Out of a Basket

Yep that's right, I made a hanging lamp out of a basket. For the past six months or so, one corner of our living room has been without a lamp. It's really bothered me. It's where I always sit on the couch and I miss not being able to read, thumb through a magazine and most recently knit, because there's not enough light. Unfortunately times are tight right now and going out and buying a new lamp isn't in the budget. So I got thinking. Years ago we had three hanging lights from Ikea that had rectangular paper shades, but they don't really go with our decor anymore. However I could use the cord. So I ran out to the garage and found one. While I was out there I found a cool, very old, cage for a light bulb. I'm pretty sure that's not what it's called. I have no clue what the proper title for it would be.

Anyhoo, I grabbed that too and headed back inside. Now you know me, I get soo excited about a project I forget to take pictures while I'm putting it together. I'm working on that, I really am!! Once back in the house I took a basket from the living room that had those decorative wicker balls in it and started cutting a small circle out of the bottom. You see where I'm going with this?  : )

I pulled the cord through, put the light bulb in and put on "the cage". One of you 
must know what it's called. Please let me know! 

Isn't it cute? I know it could be bigger, but right now it does the job.  

And look how pretty at night! Miss A and I love all the 
light flecks it casts on the walls and ceiling. 

I'm really enjoying having a lamp by my side of the couch again. Last week I started knitting an infinity scarf. Now I'll be able to knit at night again and might have it finished by Christmas. Ha, ha. I'm not the fastest or most skilled knitter, but I try. That's what counts, right? I'll show you once it's done. 

Have you made a light fixture out of something odd? Please, do share! 
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  1. What an adorable light, Catie! I've never attempted to make my own lamp but I love how yours turned out!!

  2. Wow that is SO clever Catie!! I love how pretty it looks lit up at night. Great work.
    Sorry to hear you've been sick too! I am also still coughing and so are both my kids. We sound lovely. Ugh!

  3. Ok too cute!!! Love this idea. I am always so afraid to work with wish I lived closer to handy peeps like yourself. I would supply the margarita's and snacks and gab with ya while you helped me!!! :)

  4. It's awesome, Catie! I've attached a basket to a ceiling light before (I couldn't take that 'boob' look another minute) but your basket pendant light and the cage is just so full of character. I LOVE it! Thanks so much for sharing! Great job!

  5. PRETTY!!! I love the way it looks! Great job :)

  6. How cute!! Love how it looks when its dark...Thanks for posting this!

  7. Thats a great idea! Your post title made me giggle! :)

  8. Beautiful! I just finished my Basket Chandelier and I love the shadows it casts on my ceiling also. So jealous over that cool light bulb cage!

  9. Love the basket. Would have never thought of that. Would love for you to stop by DIY Home Sweet Home and link up to More the Merrier Monday.

    P.S. I'm a new follower. Love your blog

  10. Thinking outside the box is the way to go! I love the swirls it cast on the ceiling.

  11. Oh! So romantic and such a clever project.

    Visiting from Primp and Love it!

  12. Love it Catie! It's so unique! Where did you get the "cage" thing? Can you find them at Lowe's and Home Depot? I just made a DIY drum chandelier and I'd love one of those cages for over my light bulb. Thanks for sharing it with us at Inspiration Friday.


  13. Your lamp turned out great!! I love the look of it when the room is dark and the corner is illuminated by the lamp...its sooo cozy looking...perfect for sitting and knitting...hehe

    I'm partial to crocheting things...since it is so much quicker...knitting takes me forever as well..


  14. I follow you on Pinterest, I love your style!

  15. Hi, what did you use to cut the basket?


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