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Transforming colourful tableware into pendant lights

Create Eye-Catching Pendant Lights with Affordable Second-Hand Materials

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For the fifth episode of The Big Interiors Battle, focusing on the transformation of the living room, I had an ambitious plan to craft a custom pendant light, but alas, the project was never realised.

However, determined to bring this creative vision to life, I installed the pendant lights in my own bedroom and even decided to add a personal touch. I hand-painted a big flower around the pendant lights, transforming them into a true focal point of the room. The painted design complements the colourful tableware and adds a charming, custom look to the overall ambiance.
Rainbow Shaker - Colourful bedroom design
Rainbow Shaker - Colourful bedroom design
Rainbow Shaker - Handpainted flower ceiling
Rainbow Shaker - Handpainted flower ceiling
It’s the perfect budget-friendly DIY project if you’re looking to create unique pendant lights and infuse your living space with a touch of creativity! Follow these steps to repurpose second-hand tableware into eye-catching pendant light fixtures for your home.

Materials You'll Need:

To get started, here are the materials you’ll need for this colourful DIY project:
  • Assorted plastic glasses, bowls, and plates from a second-hand shop
  • Ceiling rose kit (I used one from Creative Cables)
  • Cotton cable suitable for electrical wiring
  • Drill with appropriate drill bits for plastic
  • Screwdriver
  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers
  • Light bulb compatible with your chosen lamp holder


Step 1: Prepare the Tableware

  1. Select Your Tableware: Choose a variety of plastic glasses, bowls, and plates with interesting shapes and sizes. Ensure they are suitable for drilling and can be safely used for the pendant light.
  2. Drill Holes: Use a drill with the appropriate drill bit size for plastic (typically smaller than for glass). Carefully drill a hole in the center of each plate, bowl, and glass that will serve as the components of your pendant light. Take caution to avoid cracking or damaging the plastic.
Colourful tableware

Step 2: Assemble the Pendant Light

  1. Gather Your Kit: Open your ceiling rose kit and review the components provided.
  2. Attach the Lamp Holder: Follow the instructions in your ceiling rose kit to assemble the lamp holder. Connect the necessary parts to create the top and bottom sections of your pendant light.
  3. Thread the Cable: Thread the cotton cable through the drilled holes in your tableware. Start with the bottom section—thread the cable through the plates and bowls, arranging them in a visually appealing pattern. Use pliers to secure the cable in place.
  4. Arrange the Top Section: Thread the cable through the glasses and smaller bowls intended for the top section of your pendant light. Ensure the cable is organized neatly for both aesthetics and safety.

Step 3: Final Assembly and Installation

  1. Secure the Cable: At the top end of the cable, securely attach it to the lamp holder following the instructions provided with your kit. Use wire cutters and a screwdriver to make secure connections.
  2. Install the Light Bulb: Carefully insert a suitable light bulb into the lamp holder. Ensure the bulb is compatible with the wattage recommended for your pendant light.
  3. Test Your Creation: Before mounting your pendant light, plug it into a power source to ensure everything works correctly. Adjust the arrangement of tableware if needed for balance and aesthetics.

Step 4: Hang and Enjoy Your Pendant Light

  1. Choose a Location: Select a suitable spot to hang your DIY pendant light—consider areas where it can serve as a focal point or provide functional lighting.
  2. Mounting: Install the ceiling rose onto your ceiling using appropriate hardware and following safety guidelines provided with your kit.
  3. Power On: Once securely mounted, power on your pendant light and admire the unique illumination of your handcrafted creation!
Rainbow Shaker - Bedroom design
Rainbow Shaker - Bedroom design

Tutorial Video

For a visual guide to this DIY project, you can watch my tutorial video on YouTube:
DIY – Ucycle homeware to create pendant lights

Follow along to see each step in action and get inspired to create your own unique pendant lights!


  • Safety First: Wear protective gear and work in a well-ventilated area while drilling plastic tableware.
  • Experiment with Colour and Arrangement: Have fun playing around with different combinations of tableware to achieve a design that suits your style and decor.
  • Customise: Consider painting or decorating the tableware before assembly for added personalisation and flair.
By following these steps, you’ll create a one-of-a-kind pendant light that not only brightens up your space but also showcases your creativity and commitment to sustainable design—all while staying within a budget. Get ready to illuminate your home with a stylish pendant light crafted from repurposed plastic tableware! Happy crafting!

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