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Basket Chandelier Hack

Learn how to turn an inexpensive basket into a beautiful chandelier with free step-by-step instructions by Shanty2Chic.

After searching high and low for the perfect chandelier for my daughters room, I decided to DIY one! I was looking for a rattan style shade but everything I found was very pricey so, I decided to check out the basket section at Hobby Lobby and design my own chandelier! Come see how we turned this $29 basket into a beautiful, custom-looking chandelier!

How to Turn a Basket into a Chandelier

Tools

Drill

Jigsaw

Electrical Crimpers

Nippers

Forstner Bit

Supplies

Corded Light

Basket

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The Build

Step 1 – Cut the Handles off the Basket

Use a pair of nippers to cut the handles off of the basket.

Step 2 – Cut the Hole for the Light Socket

Remove the bottom piece that screws onto the socket. Center it on the bottom of the basket and trace around the socket.

Use a forstner bit to drill a pilot hole large enough to fit a jigsaw blade in.

After drilling the pilot hole, use a jig saw to cut the circle out. This part does not have to be perfect.

Hang the Chandelier

NOTE: This is not a how-to for wiring a light. If you are not familiar with electrical wiring, we suggest hiring a professional. Before hanging the chandelier make sure that the breaker is turned off.

Step 1 – Attach the Bracket

Once we had the breaker turned off, we attached the light bracket to the electrical box.

Step 2 – Attach the Wires

Then, we attached the white, black and ground wires to each other with the twisties.

Step 3 – Attach the Plate

We tucked the wires inside the electrical box and attached the ceiling plate to the bracket.

Step 4 – Attach the Basket

Once the ceiling plate was attached, we put the light socket through the hole on the bottom of the basket and screwed the bottom piece on, to hold the basket in place.

That was it! Such an easy and inexpensive project!

I love my daughters new chandelier more than anything I found in stores and I was able to DIY it for a fraction of retail prices!

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How to Turn a Basket into a Chandelier

Learn how to turn an inexpensive basket into a beautiful chandlier with how-to instructions by Shanty2Chic!

Tools

  • Drill
  • Jigsaw
  • Nippers
  • Electrical Crimpers
  • Forstner Bit

Supply List

  • 1 Basket
  • 1 Corded Light Socket

Instructions

The Build

  • Use a pair of nippers to cut the handles off the basket.
  • Remove the bottom piece that screws onto the socket. Center it on the bottom of the basket and trace around the socket.
  • Use a forstner bit to drill a piot hole large enough to fit a jigsaw blade in. After drilling the pilot hole, use a jigsaw to cut the circle out. This part does not have to be perfect.

Hang the Chandelier (Note: This is not a how-to for wiring a light. If you are not familiar with electrical wiring, we suggest hiring a professional. Before hanging the chandelier make sure the breaker is turned off.

  • Once we had the breaker turned off, we attached the light bracket to the electrical box.
  • Then, we attached the white, black and ground wires to each other with the twisties.
  • We tucked the wires inside the elctrical box and attached the ceiling plate to the bracket.
  • Once the ceiling plate was attached, we put the light socket through the hole on the bottom of the basket and screwed the bottom piece on, to hold the basket in place.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy Building!

1 Comment

  1. Barb on July 11, 2019 at 3:09 am

    Tell me about those curtains! Cute!

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