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How to Make a Swag Light

This article will show you the steps, materials and tools you need to create a swag pendant light with wooden balls and brass socket cover.

Swag lights have definitely made a comeback and add the perfect touch of light and personality to a room.  These lights are easy to customize to fit your style and are great space-savers, not to mention easy on the budget and easy enough to DIY without needing to call in an electrician! There are many styles and varieties out there; follow the tutorial below to make this wood and brass pendant swag light.

Things You Will Need

  • Cloth-covered light-fixture wire
  • Brass socket cover
  • Electrical plug
  • Porcelain lightbulb socket
  • Large wooden balls, 2-inch diameter
  • Ceiling hooks
  • Drill with 5/16 spade bit
  • Utility knife
  • Wire stripper
  • Screwdriver
  • Electrical tape
  1. Using a drill fitted with a 5/16 spade bit, drill holes through the centers of the wooden balls.
  2. Use a utility knife to strip about 1 1/2 inch of cloth and insulation off one end of the cloth-covered wire. Be very careful not to nick the insulation on the two individual wires inside. Now, use a wire stripper to remove about 1 inch of insulation from each these inner wires.
  3. Unscrew the back of the porcelain lightbulb socket.
  4. Feed the cloth-covered wire through the back of the socket. Wrap electrical tape around the cloth to keep it from fraying.
  5. Loop one of the inner wires around each screw terminal in a clockwise direction. Tighten the screws down around each wire. Screw the back of the socket back on.
  6. Slide the brass socket cover over the wire and over the porcelain socket.
  7. Slide the wooden balls over the other end of the cloth-covered wire.
  8. Strip the other end of the wire the same way you did the first end, and wrap electrical tape around the end so the cloth doesn't fray. Pry the base of the electrical plug out from the cover. Thread the wire through the plug cover.
  9. Loop each inner wire clockwise around a screw terminal on the plug, then tighten the screws down securely with a screwdriver.
  10. Slide the plug base back into the plug cover. Screw ceiling hooks into place. Hang your light from the ceiling hooks, and screw in the lightbulb.

Things You Will Need

  • Swag lamp kit with fixture
  • Lamp shade

About the Author

Caitlin McGrath and Manda McGrath are the bloggers behind The Merrythought - a lifestyle site devoted to simple living. Their work has been featured in Apartment Therapy, BuzzFeed, Design*Sponge, Refinery29, and Better Homes and Gardens. They have partnered with companies such as Home Depot, Michael’s, West Elm, Kodak, and Fossil.