The hanging pendant lamp illuminating this cozy reading nook may look like a pricey artisanal fixture. However, it's your own handiwork—and a genius houseware substitution—that gives it cachet.
Read step by step instructions after the video.

With a metal cutting tool, a plug-in pendant light-cord, and a brass bowl of your choice, this project is a cost-effective way to craft your own home lighting. Nibblers and shears are two of the most common power tools available for cutting metal, both providing a fast and less fatiguing alternative to hand tools. Either tool can be used in this project, depending on the material of your bowl. Take care when assembling your lamp: First, make sure the device is not connected to a power source and turn off the circuit breaker or remove the fuse, among other wiring tips. As a fixture option, you can anchor the lamp's power line to the wall by winding it around a piece of hardware.

(Also pictured: IKEA Gladom Tray Table, in Dark Green, $20, West Elm Pure White Ceramic Egg Vase, $12, Suite NY Morph Lounge Chair, price upon request,

For more ideas, scroll through our entire collection of lamp projects and DIY home projects.


What you need


How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

Cut a two-inch hole in the thin bottom of an inexpensive brass vessel with metal snips or nibbler shears.

Step 2

String it upside-down with a DIY lamp-cord kit; secure to the ceiling or wall with anchored hardware.


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