Saturday, October 20, 2012

DIY Cloth-Covered Wire Pendant Light

I made this pendant light for my little boy's room, and I love it so much I just had to share it.

Cloth-covered wire makes me swoon.  I want to re-wire everything in my house with it!

I have a vision for a magical little corner in my son's room, and this night-light is step one in seeing the vision through.  I ordered this wire and plug almost a year ago, and finally got around to rewiring a pendant light I found at the Sundance Outlet for $10. I was lucky to happen upon the pendant, but I was originally going to use this Brass Socket, which would look great with an Edison-style light bulb. I found the gorgeous cotton-covered wire at Sundial Wire, which is also where I got the Vintage-Inspired Plug.

I've got my eye on this Green-Cotton Twisted wire for my kitchen pendants. Isn't it just perfect?

I took apart and rewired the pendant myself, and although it was super easy, I'm not going to step-by-step it, because I don't want to be responsible for burning your house down.  But if you have a little knowledge about this sort of thing, this is a really simple project. And fun. But I like taking stuff apart.

You could also take it to a lamp shop, and have them do it for you pretty inexpensively.

The pendant actually started as a hard-wired fixture, and I switched it to make it plug-in.

And that plug in the wall-- which is normally kind of an eye sore-- is just so cute I can hardly stand it!

To make the cover, I just spray-painted the inside of a canning jar. 

I can't wait to finish the rest of the little corner where I plan to hang this.  I hope it turns out as magical as it is in my imagination!


Check out my pinterest board for more light-fixture parts inspiration. 


  1. You are so talented, and interesting!OX, Mom

  2. LOVE this. I want to see a pic of it hanging and lit!

  3. Your pretty much my hero. This looks so great! Awesome job!

  4. This is so cool. I'm totally impressed with your electrical skills and imagination :)

  5. Your light looks great and your photos here on this blog as just lovely - makes a great tutorial! I've got this linked to my roundup of DIY pendants too today, for inspiration!

  6. With that cloth covered wire, the pendant light became extra cool stuff. Vintage with touch of being youth. Beautiful.

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