Day 23: DIY chicken wire pendant light

lighting before photo Our little light over the kitchen sink was a case of budget over beauty. I dreamt of one of those delicious Anthropologie lights, oozing with quirky style. However we had about $20 instead of $200, so we bought a Home Depot pendant and put a bucket on it. It’s cute, in a pink bunny sorta way. This 31 days business has put me on a mission to correct the little irritating bits of my home – but to do it with mostly what I have on hand. So this light became the issue of the day.
Anthropologie inspired light fixture I channeled my inner Pooh Bear, and did a little thinking. What did I have that would be me? Quirky, farmhouse, vintage inspired me? Then I remembered the roll of chicken wire I bought for $1 when thrifting with Myra. Jackpot. The only tool I used was a pair of side cutters.
Chicken Wire Pendant Light Tutorial I cut a piece of the wire off the roll, about 10 inches by 12 inches. Cutting on the lines, I tried to keep the long twisty parts between the “combs” as long as I could to make the next step easier. I cut from the finished outer edge, so it could be the bottom of my shade.
how to make a chicken wire light I lined up the full first full roll of combs on each side to make a cylinder. I took the long twisty pieces where I cut, and wrapped them around the ones on the other side.
chicken wire light tutorial Once my cylinder was secure, I carefully started making a dome by pushing the unfinished edges towards the center. Kinda smush it with your hands to get the shape better.
industrial style light DIY You’ll need to make the hole in the middle work around the sleeve for the light bulb, which is kind of trial and error. Just take the coupler off that holds on the shade, then slide on the chicken wire and replace the coupler.
IMG_3304 You can make it look like a cloche, or smush it all wonky and make it more distorted – totally up to you.
chicken wire pendant light

A 10 minute DIY makes my Anthropologie lovin’ heart flutter…


It might not be so cute anymore, but it sure is a bucket load of quirky.

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About Gina Luker

Gina Luker is a writer, photographer and lover of all things quirky. She's usually found with a drill in one hand and a cocktail in the other while blogging along the way. She's addicted to coffee, polka dots, rock stars, Instagram, and everything aqua.


  1. I think you had a great idea. Looks very cool!

  2. Hey I like this a lot! Did you stab yourself with the wire a lot? That chicken wire stuff is scary! Good job!

  3. It turned out so cute! I’d hang it above my farm sink in a minute!


  4. @Renewed Upon a Dream – actually it wasn’t that bad! I walked away without bringing blood or anything 🙂

  5. I love it. I think it’s perfect for that area. It would look awesome with one of those Edison bulbs.

  6. @jandjhome – that’s EXACTLY what I was thinking 🙂 I’m heading to RH next week, and I’m gonna pick one up and try!

  7. Love it.

  8. How fun. It looks fabulous. Hugs, Marty

  9. This is sooo cute and on a budget! I love it! Thanks for sharing,


  10. This is SO adorable! And my thrifty side loves the price tag too!! 🙂

  11. Oh, now that’s cool, Gina. A simple idea, with a dramatic effect. Love it.

  12. Call me crazy, but I really like it! The bucket, not so much. I think you rocked it!


  13. very creative! Looks cute:)

  14. it’s absolutely adorable! i’m thinking it would look just fab with a vintage style Edison bulb in there too. was just at Anthro today, drooling over their light fixtures…
    thanks for the tutorial and inspiration!

  15. I love this diy light bulb.

  16. Thanks for the great idea.. My father in law was a poultry farmer and I have Chicken wire .. have used it for inside cupboard doors and in frames but never as Light shade!! think I will give it a try!!

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