How To

I said I’d post a how to for making a hanging pendant light. We have finally finished them and I thought you might want to see it.

Step 1: Find a metal pot you think will work with your decor.

Step 2: Buy a lamp kit from hardware store we wanted to be able to use a pull cord to turn lights on and off so that part is optional.

Step 3: Drill holes to attach mounting strip. I have no idea what that part is called but it’s the do-hicky in the picture thats silver.

Step 4: Attach the porcelain socket to pot. Easy to do, you take the wire with the plug at one end that you bought and you push it through the hole you drilled. The plug cable has two wires on one end and a plug on the other. If your not going to use a chain pull for your on/off then you would push both wires through and attach them to the porcelain socket and you’d be done. We wanted the on/off feature, so for that you push one wire through hole and one wire from the light switch kit. Screw each wire to either little screw on the porcelain socket. Then tighten socket to pot.

Step 5 Heres the view from the top of the fixture. Here you can see the two components the switch gizmo, and the plug wire. Remember I said push in one wire from each item into the hole. Now you have a wire from each item on the outside that need to be hooked together, hence the pretty orange connector.

There you have it, my tutorial. Hopefully I didn’t confuse anyone. We plan to drill holes in the fixture and glue in marbles, but thats another day. I have 3 of these made.



  1. Mom & Pop from SC said,

    July 29, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    … Step 6. Review your Home owners Insurance Policy and be sure fire and human electrocutions are included in it.

  2. mom said,

    July 29, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    Loved the first comment. I was sure there was going to be a disaster for step 6 when the light was expected to glow. They sound like they are going to perfect for you outdoor abode. I’ll wager a bug or two will go to college.
    Love ya all, Mom.

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