DIY Repurposed Basket Ceiling Light

I know repurposed light shades aren’t exactly a new idea though I did kinda just make this one up as I went along.

I really wanted a hanging pendant in the nursery though the ceiling is just too low so I instead opted to transform a standard batten fix (flush mount) light.

I started with this cool old zinc basket.

And this $7 DIY batten fix light from the hardware store.

Of course, you don’t actually need a complete fixture if you’re planning to use your own shade so if you can buy the canopy section alone (that’s the two-part brushed nickel bit as shown above) then go for it, though here down-under stuff like that can be kinda elusive so for $7 I wasn’t too fussed purchasing the entire light.

Using bolt cutters I created an hour-hole in the base of the basket just large enough for the neck of my standard ceiling batten holder to fit through.

Standard Ceiling Batten Holder

So, what’s an ‘hour-hole’ you ask? Oh, well that’s just when it takes you an hour to cut a hole you thought would take five minutes.

Anyhoo, I then centered the lower part of the brushed nickel canopy from my DIY light fixture over the hour-hole in the basket and attached it by wrapping and tightly tying clear fishing line around a few of the basket spokes and the three screws in the canopy so they sat flushly together.

Next I simply attached my new light to the ceiling as per any normal batten fix light.

Now, at the risk of sounding condescending, just in case someone wants further clarity regarding attaching it to the ceiling, the steps are….

1. Unscrewing the lower sleeve of the batten holder.
2. Covering the upper part of the batten holder with the top portion of the canopy.
3. Holding the bottom portion of the canopy (with shade attached) in place beneath the top portion of the canopy.
4. Screwing the lower sleeve back on to secure the whole thing to the ceiling.

To finish I decided to use a larger than usual decorative globe.

Oh, and I also removed the basket handles once I decided they looked just a little too ‘wrong’ up there on the ceiling.

So, now instead of the original boring old make-do drum shade….

Or this nice-enough-though-kinda-generic fixture….

I have this unique industrial style ceiling light….

So, this is probably not your typical nursery sorta light fitting though I really, really wanted one – and I’m sure once the room is complete it’ll fit in just right (even though Luke mentioned more than once that it didn’t look very “loving” for a baby’s room).

Well, I’m sure we’ll make up for that elsewhere :-)

  1. This is awesome! I am sure it will look just perfect in your nursery!

  2. NanaDiana says:

    Kristine- Love it- and who says a nursery has to be all soft and super-sweet? You are going to be raising another DIYourselfer, right? Perfect setting then! xxoo Diana

  3. I think mixing a little edginess is the room is perfect. I saw a similar fixture at a boutique this weekend and they wanted couple hundred bucks. Way to DIY!

  4. Elaine says:

    Very cool, think I could borrow a bit of your creativity??

  5. MommaHen says:

    I’ve loved all the hanging lights made from baskets . But, I think I really like this flush mount one better. LOVE it!

  6. Kristine, I love this idea! Your little one will grow up being able to think outside the box.

  7. Stephanie says:

    Love it! You could always add fabric or hang pretties from it if you thought it wasn’t too welcoming in the end. I think it is unique and unusual, I am sure it will look wonderful in the room when it is all done.

  8. I found a wire basket that I wanted to use as a light fixture awhile ago, but couldn’t figure out how to hang it! Now I know. You are awfully creative.

  9. Jen says:

    Are you kidding? That’s all kinds of amazing!!

  10. leah mari says:

    Oh I really love it!

  11. The Moerks says:

    Awesome, very very cool.

  12. Tammi says:

    It is perfect…I can just envision all the shadows that will bounce around the room when the light is on :)

  13. ani's house says:

    What a clever idea. Who would have thought!

  14. I love it!


  15. Olive Cooper says:

    Love it Kristine. I have two chippy green vintage egg baskets this would work with. ♥O

  16. amazing! i love it…very cool that you are putting it in a nursery too!!

  17. This is so beautiful. I look forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas.

  18. Lindsay says:

    This looks fantastic!!! Very Restoration Hardware/Pottery Barn ish! Great how to!!

    Delighted Momma

  19. Lovely. You did a great job with it (love the hour-hole explanation :) Thanks for stopping by Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays and joining the party!

  20. Love it! I keep trying to find a place in my home for a wire basket light fixture. This is inspiring!

  21. everyinch says:

    Kristine I love it – well done lady. I kinda like the idea of the wire basket in a kids room – I can see it tying in with other baskets for toys, etc and yes I’m sure the baby will get loads of love from you and Luke. (oh yeh, I finally set up a google account so I could be an official follower and set up my own blog in the meantime…)

  22. SHERRY HART says:

    I love it and I am sure that your nursery will look much better with it :)

  23. Lauren says:

    What an amazingly beautiful idea :) I loved the way it turned out :)

  24. persia lou says:

    It looks so great! I love the “hour hole” too… Haha…

  25. Hour-hole or not…’s FABULOUS, Kristine! I just love this idea! You’re much more clever than I when it comes to finagling something like this! :)

    xoxo laurie

  26. LOVE the basket light!

  27. Lisa says:

    Beyond gorgeous! I want it and I want it bad!!!

  28. Fabulous, absolutely fabulous x

  29. You make my to do list. I love it.

  30. Stephanie says:

    I just love this light fixture – great job! And I think it will be darling in the nursery!

  31. Coffee Chat says:

    Very cool and way inexpensive compared to what some pendants cost these days!!

  32. Stop it now! That is amazing, creative, adorable, and absolutely enviable!

  33. Love it, very clever!

    Suzy xxx

  34. Jennifer says:

    Wonderful, I love it!
    Jenn @

  35. meijo's JOY says:

    That is cute..I would suggest that you can attach some alphabets or animals on the basket..the shadow will ‘OHHH” the kids!

  36. stefanie says:

    its perfect!!! love it!

  37. awesome, Christine. truly genius. i love how you made something so unique.

    come visit soon.


  38. Janna Renee says:

    I am diggin’ those cage lights! they can go modern or rustic!!

  39. Loving this trend right now. You did such a good job with yours. Your tutorial was awesome!

  40. JunqueMagnet says:

    Love, love, love this.Great job.Thanks for sharing.

  41. Dana Stemig says:

    Very cute idea. If you wanted to change it out some, you could weave ribbon in the basket and give it some color. This has given me an idea about doing the same thing on my ceiling fan light. It’s very boring and this might perk it up a bit. Thanks for sharing.

  42. Felicia says:

    Looks awesome! Great job!

    Would love for you to share at Calling All Crafters, today!

  43. Becca says:

    So so great Kristin! Thanks for linking! I’ll be featuring this project on BCD tomorrow!

  44. Molly says:

    I really like it! Great job!

  45. - Brittany says:

    I love it! Now that is what I call thinking outside the basket. LOL. Thanks for sharing.


  46. That’s fantastic! Thanks for posting this! I have a new “project” now!

  47. That is simply fabulous!! Such a cleaver idea.. Totally loved it.. HOpe you’ll visit me at

  48. Jenni says:

    I LOVE it! I am now trying to think where in my house I can copy cat you. Great job. I can’t wait to see the room finished!

  49. Kristine, your light turned out great! I think its totally sweet for a nursery :D thank you for linking up with “Amaze Me Monday”.

  50. Love this!!

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