I found this old egg basket at SuzAnna’s (for those of you in Raleigh you have to check out SuzAnna’s) for $28 and fell in love with it. I brought it home with no real plan for it. I have a really bad habit of doing that.
I’ve dreamed of having a wire basket light in my house since seeing Ashley’s amazing Anthropologie inspired wire basket light, over at Under the Sycamore. I’m sure you saw it on Pinterest. If you haven’t checked out her blog it’s a must. I won’t even be upset if you stop reading mine and head over to hers. Promise. She’s awesome.
OK back to the light.
Since we had one super ugly dinning room light and one egg basket with a perfect hole in the bottom – it was meant to be.
You can pick up egg baskets at antique markets, Etsy, or ebay for about $25. I’m on the hunt for a yellow one now.
DIY Egg Basket Light
See it really was meant to be a light.
Now I just had to figure out how to make it a light and not a basket to collect eggs in.
Can you imagine how many eggs fit in that basket! How did they not all break?
My answer was this pendant light that I found at Lowes for $20. It’s actually a mini pendant light that you add your own lamp shade to. So that’s exactly what I did, but instead of adding a proper traditional shade I added the basket.
Step 3: Keep pulling wiring through until the socket rests in the basket hole. In case you’re wondering I didn’t do anything to keep it there, it fit perfectly and once hung gravity will keep it from moving around.
Step 5: If you’re terrified of electricity like me, beg someone to hang it for you. My husband hung this one without even complaining once. I know I’m still in shock. He hates when I come home with a new light fixture. I really need to learn how to hang a light fixture.
I know It’s hung really high but it’s because we’re currently using our dining room as a playroom. But once we convert the room back we can simply lower the light (we left enough cord in the ceiling plate).
Since the bulb is so visible I did buy one of those cool vintage Edison bulbs for $10 at Lowes. I know a little pricey, but I think it’s worth it.
I’m totally smitten with my new light. I know it’s not for everyone but it’s a thousand times better than the cheap builder grade chandelier that was there before.