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diy project: bushel basket lamp from erica domesek

by Kate Pruitt

This fabulous bushel basket lamp project comes from Erica Domesek, the DIY queen from PS – I Made This. You may have seen her gorgeous marbled paper project that we featured in September, or maybe you’ve already grabbed a copy of her new book. If you haven’t done either, get to it! I’m getting my glue gun warmed up to try out a few of her designs this weekend.

Today, Erica brings us a bushel basket pendant lamp, inspired by a recent apple picking excursion she made upstate. I’m desperate to squeeze every last drop of fall beauty out of the next month, and I think this project might help. I especially love Erica’s photos from her trip to the orchard; they really feed my autumnal east coast fix :) Thanks for sharing this project with us, Erica! — Kate

CLICK HERE for the full how-to after the jump!

I decided to take a little day trip outside of NYC and drive to Wilklow Orchards in Highland, NY, for a day of apple picking with my dear friend Justin! Little did I know that my day would inspire an amazing DIY. After unpacking my bushel (okay, it’s really half a bushel) basket, I wasn’t ready to part with the cool container. Since lamps (in addition to apples) are one of my favorite things, I thought it would be cool to make a pendant lamp out of one, especially since bushel baskets have openings at the bottom that are the perfect size for dropping in a bulb! — Erica Domesek (PS – I Made This…)
  • bushel basket (apples not included)
  • metal nail heads/studs
  • pliers
  • decorative rope
  • lamp kit (like this one)


1. Push large studs into the basket.
2. Use a pair of pliers if necessary, but be careful not to dent the studs.
3. Continue with your pattern, adding studs of varying sizes. I made a bold “X” pattern which is lovely, but get creative with other patterns!
4. Make sure you remove the handles before you drop in the cord kit.
5. Use decorative rope (a ribbon would be super cool, too!) and wrap the cord completely.
6. Hang just about anywhere!

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