DIY Basket Lampshade from Under the Sycamore

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I’m really excited to introduce a very special guest contributor this week – Ashley Campbell, creator of the blog Under the Sycamore. Ashley is an incredible photographer and is also a photography teacher, and crafter, to name just a few of her talents.

If you are wondering where blog’s whimsical name comes from, in Ashley’s own words:

‘Under its large leaves is where we laugh, play, create, eat, rest, dream and live. It is where I watch little ones go from being swaddled on a blanket to wrestling in the grass. Under its shade is where I find time to get my hands messy making something and feeling the most me. It is also where we rest on blankets and stare into the clouds while learning a bit more about each other. In decades to come my mind will travel back to the lives we lived under its branches and I will be grateful for all the memories captured.’

Ashley has agreed to share with us a really neat project with which you can make your own wire frame lampshade out of little more than a basket… Over to you Ashley. – Cat

Ashley Campbell’s DIY Basket Lampshade

I love the wire look light fittings that are popular in shops like Anthropologie at the moment, and decided to buy a spool of wire and have a go at forming one for my kitchen…which didn’t end up working so well for me. In the midst of trying to decide how to get the wire to work I found myself rocking my daughter in her room. As we rocked I looked down and noticed the black wire basket holding her toys.  Bingo!

Along with the basket I bought some spray paint, a metal outlet cover [to connect to the pendant] and a pendant light. Depending on your basket, you may need pliers to cut the handles off.

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Step 1: Cut off basket handles and bottom middle wire [to center pendant]

Step 2: Spray paint basket and outlet cover the colour you desire. My basket had a bit of red on it.

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Step 3: Glue the outlet cover to the bottom inside of basket. I used Liquid Nails, but any strong glue would work. Since the outlet cover is on the inside of the basket the glue will not be used for strength just keeping the cover and basket in place.

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Step 4: Turn basket over for glue to dry.

Step 5: Add a weight on top of the outlet cover while glue dries

Step 6: Spray paint it all again.

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Step 7: Connect it to the pendant light…
…Ta Da!

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Author: Rohini Wahi

Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.

She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at

2 Comments on DIY Basket Lampshade from Under the Sycamore

  1. Maegan
    Saturday, April 10th, 2010 00:49 at 12:49 am (11 years ago)

    that’s totally adorable and creative! love it.

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