DIY {Anthropolgie Inspired Pendant Light}

Poor Chris…he has watched me for the last week as I’ve dealt with the server/hosting issues. Tonight he came home and I was still unable to upload photos and had not heard a thing from the company (I am choosing to take the high road right now and not name them…that is not what this blog is about). Anyway, Chris suggested I look into free image hosting for the time being until my account is back to normal. So I signed up for a PhotoBucket account – which was super easy. So thank you PhotoBucket – I can post again!

I’m still working on details for the kitchen. I wanted a new light fixture and saw these online at Anthropologie. I loved the wire look, but hated the pricetag and they were too small. So I decided I’d make my own.


I headed to Lowes and bought a spool of wire and tried forming one…it wasn’t working so well for me. In the midst of trying to decide how to get the wire to work I found myself rocking my daughter in her room. As we rocked I looked down and noticed the BLACK WIRE BASKET holding her toys (see it in the bottom right corner of the pic below). Bingo! Along with the basket I bought some spray paint, a metal outlet cover (to connect to the pendant) and a pendant light.

Step 1: Cut off basket handles and bottom middle wire (to center pendant)

Step 2: Spray paint basket and outlet cover. My basket had a bit of red on it.

Step 3: Adhere outlet cover to bottom inside of basket. I used Liquid Nails, but any strong glue would work. Since the outlet cover is on the inside of the basket the glue will not be used for strength just keeping the cover and basket in place.


Step 4: Turn basket over for glue to dry

Step 5: Add weight on top of outlet cover while glue drys

Step 6: Spray paint it all

909light-3Step 7: Connect it to the pendant light (which is already hanging…I don’t have instructions for that. You can follow the ones that come with the light)

Ta Da….my ‘Big Lots budget’ Anthropologie light:)



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  • Kari - …so I thought I’d check to see if you had a post up yet before I went to bed- LOVE THE NEW LIGHT! It’s awesome and so clever! You never cease to amaze me!!

  • ashlee - LOVE it!!

  • Rebekah Jean - Wow….absolutely genious! I love it!

  • Meagan - That looks super cute, Ashley!

  • rachel denbow - Hey, I e-mailed you tonight. Wanted to make sure you knew in case your e-mail is still being funny. ALSO, I love your ingenuity!!!

  • Sophie - Wow, Ashley, it looks amazing!
    I never would have thought that something so simple could look so good.

    Great work.

  • Sarah - What are you going to do for a toy box?! LOL Adorable!! I would have never thought of that!!

  • julie w - I love yours better!

  • Michele V. - Love it. The scallop look makes it look more feminine.

  • trish - that’s it!!!! you are officially the most CREATIVE person i know. if i only lived closer to you… :)

  • Andy - so creative
    i love it

  • karen brown - Fabulous! You are beyond creative!

    I would love to see some pics of your entire home sometime. We get snipits and the place looks adorable (like the pegs in the boys’ room), but a “tour” would be awesome! (In your spare time…I know.) ;)

  • Casey - fabulous!!

  • Aunt Sandy - I swear you need to have your own show on HGTV. Your ideas put some of their’s to shame. Love it.

  • Linda - Really? Is that all it takes. You are amazing!

  • rachel thomas - your ideas never seize to amaze me! thank you for your continued inspiration.

  • julie - Adopt me.

  • wynzia - i completely love this idea. thanks for sharing. off to pilfer through the wire baskets collecting dust in the basement…

  • suzanne - brilliant…!

    i love the tip of using a metal outlet cover as a base …. Thanks!

    also….i’m dreaming of raised beds for some first-time vegetable gardening this spring…I’m going to read your tips a little more closely…and dream a bit more…and hopefully build some!
    Thank you, Thank you for the inspiration… :)

  • jo - very cool <3 can't wait to make one for my new place!

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  • cally - Agh! So easy and fantastic!!

  • Jess @ Frugal w/a Flourish - Love it!!! Fantastic!

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  • Julia - You mind works in wonderful ways.

    First time on your blog. Bookmarked.

  • cynthia - this is AWESOME! i almost fell over when i saw that you had a tutorial…

    your creativity is amazing!
    i blogged about this wonderful post and your beautiful photos this morning!

    i’ve added you to my favorites, so i’ll be back again and again!

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  • amy - Take a look at HGTV’s new “dream home” give away.

    Check out the light fixture above the dining table. They took it a step further and made a cover for their wire basket.

    I just adore yours too!!! Well done.

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  • Lori - This is amazing. I’m in love. Thank you so much for a great – and extremely doable – tutorial. BTW, love your site as well.

  • Adventures in Dressmaking - That is so great, and of course you can just use a switchplate, how genius!

  • jensen - This is ridiculously awesome. Definitely borrowing the idea when I need new light fixtures!

  • brittany - I prefer yours…holds its own where the anthropologie ones look a bit too tiny-i’m not sure where you would be able to put theirs without it looking ‘floaty’. Well done!

  • Lisa - I wouldn’t give Anthropology anywhere near that amount of money for those, but I’d pay that for yours! Your lamp turned out much better. LOVE the basket idea.
    Very creative and inspiring.

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  • Rachel - I can’t believe I missed this before Ashley! I’ve seen it all over the last two days. Congratulations!

  • Amy - I love this idea! I have an old basket very similar to this. I have been trying to think of something creative to do with it. I may try this!

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  • geek+nerd - Your light fixture came out beautifully! I love the idea, thank you for sharing!

  • sewtara - wow that’s great!! so nice.
    but nevermind the lamp, that’s your daughter’s room!?! i love it too!! :)

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  • Michelle - Oh it looks so good! I have been itching to make a light myself for a while and now I am really going to have to do it!

  • Sarah - I love your brilliant idea. I wish I had a place to do this. We live in AZ and a fan is a necessity in each room. Maybe I could do it in our laundry room. YES!!

  • Melissa E. - This is INGENIUS! I love your idea. Maybe someday I’ll be able to use it in a kitchen someday. You’re so inspiring!

  • Roeshel@The DIY Show Off - I love it! It’s super cute. Fantastic job!

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