People Are Turning Vintage Globes Into Stunning Pendant Lights — Here’s How To Make One

Want to get a quirky new lighting fixture for your home without breaking the bank? Would you consider DIY-ing a pendant light yourself?

Though the thought of creating a lighting fixture for yourself may sound intimidating, there are actually a number of tutorials online that demystify the process. And one of the cutest lighting projects we’ve seen are DIY pendant lights made from vintage globes.

This new project has been popping up across social media and it’s, surprisingly, not very hard to pull off with a main ingredient that’s pretty easy to find at any local thrift or antique shop.

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Over at Addicted 2 Decorating, blogger Kristi Linauer gives the step-by-step to making a pendant light from that old globe that’s been collecting dust since the early ’80s. For no more than $30, you can follow her instructions and end up with your new favorite piece of home decor.

Once you gather your supplies, Linauer lays out how you have to cut holes in both ends of your globe and then spray paint the inside and outside. After that, all you have to do is thread your pendant light cord through the top hole in the globe and screw in a low-temperature light bulb. And voila!

Meanwhile, the ladies behind Coral, a DIY lifestyle site, take things up a notch by having their followers drill holes into the globe through which the light can poke through. They recommend drilling holes through the places you’ve been, the places you’d love to visit or even just the places that have special meaning to you — which is such a cute idea! The result is something a little more twinkly than your average pendant light. You can see the entire process in their video below:

And the results?

Of course, if you still feel intimidated by the DIY process, there are plenty of people willing to do the job for you. We found a bunch of upcycled globe lights on Etsy, such as this one from Etsy seller FoothillsCollective:

Etsy / FoothillsCollective

But it costs nearly $100 and, well, doesn’t that defeat the purpose?

We know you can do this! Who has an old globe waiting to be upcycled?