Make Your Own Light Fixtures

Spotted (and admired) on Met Melk en Suiker: a surrealist lamp made from a mashup of three pendant lights with an Alice in Wonderland vibe. The trio inspired the editors of Remodelista to research on drilling porcelain to make their own. Read on for instructions:

Above: Source two pendant lamp cords, antique teacups, and a pleated chandelier lampshade. To drill holes through the porcelain teacups, use a Diamond Drill Bit (made for drilling ceramic and glass) and drill a hole just large enough for the pendant cord you’re using. Be sure to start by drilling on a low, gentle speed to avoid cracking the porcelain. Thread the cord through the teacups, stacking one on top of the other and attach the bulb at the bottom. Photograph from Met Melk En Suiker.

Above: West Elm’s White Cord Set (shown) is $29 each and Ikea’s Hemma Cord Set is $4.99.

Above: Source your pick of antique teacups found at your local flea or on Etsy, like these Porcelain Teacups from Bavaria; $32.81 for a set of 2 from Project Safaran.

Above: The small, 4.25-Inch Side Pleated Chandelier Shade is $14 from Shades of Light.

Above: The Meridian Pendant Light is $195 from Sundance. Consider browsing your local antique store or hardware store for less pricey options.

Looking for more lighting to make yourself? See Remodelista‘s posts: DIY: Industrial Bedside Pulley Lamp and 5 Favorites: Fabric Light Fixtures.


Ernie Miller
william Miller4 years ago

interesting you can make a light out of most anything just remember that you are messing with heat and electricity.

E. J.
Past Member 4 years ago

Thank you.

Robert O.
Robert O4 years ago

Very creative. Thank you!

China Holley
China H4 years ago

Wonderful Ideas!!!! Thank you for sharing!

Marie W.
Marie W4 years ago

Teacup one seems too breakable to me.

Melissa Verduzco
Melissa Verduzco4 years ago

Great idea!!!!

Darren Woolsey
Darren W4 years ago

Fascinating. . . What did Gurdjieff remark about Light?

Lynn C.
Lynn C4 years ago


Nicole W.
Nicole W4 years ago

noted, thank you

Holly Lawrence
Holly Lawrence4 years ago

Making these fixtures are really easy - much easier than you think ..and it's fun too and doesn't cost much !