Video: Make pendant lights out of thrifty vintage finds. Put A Bulb In It!

Were you so inspired by yesterday’s story about 24 pendant lights upcycled from vintage finds that you now want to try your hand at making one of your own? Well, I’ve found us and expert — lighting designer Susan Schneider of — who gives us tips on how to select vintage vessels that repurpose well into pendant lighting. We had so much fun making this video. Yes, it’s 14 minutes long, but it really goes fast because we are such goofballs.


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  1. Robin says

    Thanks for the fun info Pam and Susan!

    I came across this idea a few weeks ago while cruising Etsy and found the GusNBoots shop. I was also inspired to find something that I can “repurpose” to make a pendent light over my kitchen sink.

    I haven’t looked too hard, but where would you suggest getting the electrical parts? It looks like Ikea makes a 15′ cord ready to go with a light fixture at the end that all you have to do is attach your pendent and plug it in….but I wanted to see if I could find something like this at Lowes or Home Depot.

    Thanks again for the GREAT info!

    • says


      I am a craftsperson and I know how hard it is to make a living doing this. These two women are gems!

      I guess I am not sure why you would want to give your money to some large faceless corporation in order to save a few bucks. These kits are a bargain.

      Vote with your pocketbook and buy American!

  2. says

    OK, you two are very cute!! I love Susan, and you know I already love you!

    WOW!! wheels are turning. I’ve been trying to think of ideas for pendant lights in my bedroom and I love the iridescent style ones Susan was showing us. Now everything I look at will have the…”do I want this for a light?” plus I have an old lamp that’s falling apart….hmmm, maybe I can use part of that. See? wheels turning, like I don’t already have enough going on in my head!! LOL and that large coffee filter? perfect for the top of a spoon chandelier! drill some holes and voila!

    Thanks Pam!! Can’t wait for you and Susan to get together again and “Put a bulb ON it!”

  3. Elaine says

    Cool! I suppose I need a tile guy to drill holes in my three insulators. Then what kind of bulbs and what kind of hardware goes at the top? Next phase.

  4. Pat says

    Some of those are really good ideas. But I cringed when she said to drill a hole in the lid to that cool vintage peanut jar, I’d rather use it for peanuts!

  5. jan says

    ladies this video was good, but you need to edit it for public view. Thi ngs like oh i am live or your lipstick looks fine or you ars the star. Make it a little more professional.

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