Easy DIY Rope and Bucket Pendant Light for only $10!

A tin and rope pendant light comes together in 30 minutes with supplies from the dollar tree and Ikea. Update your lighting with this budget lighting option. This is an easy DIY project that anyone can try!

I’m so thrilled to share with you this budget friendly pendant light you can make in 30 minutes for only $10! When I saw these metal buckets at Dollar Tree I knew I needed to scoop them up. I’ve seen a similar version light selling here for $140. So for $10 this light is a STEAL. I just love budget decor. Lets get started.

The supplies cost about $10. The only other supplies you need are a drill gun, a hot glue gun and glue.


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  • Rope from the Dollar Tree
  • Metal bucket from the Dollar Tree
  • Pendant light kit ( I used one from ikea, but this one is similar)
  • Light Bulb
  • Drill Gun
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Ceiling hook

To start I drilled a hole at the base of the bucket. It needs to be large enough to thread the light through.

I did this by drilling several holes with a regular ol’ drill bit. This would’ve been easier with a metal drill bit buy hey, you work with what you got.

Next, tie a knot at the top of the bucket around the light cord. Start wrapping the rope around the light cord and gluing in between layers.

Keep wrapping and gluing in a single layer for as long as you want the rope to hang. I wanted mine to hang down about a foot.

After you get it the length you want, you can loosely wrap the remaining rope around the rest of the cord and add glue.

I decided I wanted to get fancy, so I unraveled the rope and braided it before wrapping the rope around. You can finish it whichever way you want, they’d both look great. 

And that’s it! Use a ceiling hook to hang up your light. This industrial farmhouse light comes together quickly and adds a fun touch to any room.

I’m not sure how well this will hold up because it is held together by glue, but I’ve had it hanging for a month in my room with no problems.

Here’s a little graphic to pin it for later –

Let me know if you tried this in the comments, or if you have any questions feel free to ask!

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