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Rope-Wrapped Pendant Light

Natural fiber and hammered metal combine for a fun twist to a basic pendant fixture.

Rope-wrapped pendant light.

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • Utility knife
  • Wire cutters


  • Matte white mini pendant light, #394790
  • 5.5-in x 7.5-in brushed-nickel mini pendant shade, #586829
  • 3/4-in x 5-ft manila rope (sold by the foot), #349196
  • Sisal twine, 300-ft roll, #349248
  • White electrical tape

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Step 1

Cut the rope to the length.

Cut the rope to the length you want the fixture to hang, or have a Lowe’s associate cut it to length in the store. Remove the cord lock from the ceiling end of the cord on the pendant light and slide the mounting plate off the end of the cord.

Step 2

Tape the rope end to the pendant light cord.

Twist one end of the rope slightly so that the strands separate enough to insert the socket end of the cord where it starts to flare. Weave the cord between the separated rope strands about 1 foot up the end of the rope. Then hold the rope in place by wrapping the end and the cord with white electrical tape.

Step 3

Twist the rope to open the strands.

Continue twisting the rope to separate the strands and insert the cord into the opening as you work your way along the rope.

Step 4

Weave the pendant light cord into the rope.

Some of the cord will remain exposed and form a spiral pattern around the rope.

Step 5

Wrap tape around the top end of the rope.

After you reach the end of the rope, tape the strands together around the cord to hold them in place. Then attach the metal shade to the pendant socket.

Step 6

Wrap twine to conceal the taped end of the rope.

Use hot glue to fasten one end of a roll of twine to the rope just above the taped section. Wrap the twine around the rope and pendant socket, holding the loops in place periodically with hot glue. Wind down to the top of the shade and back up to where you started, completely covering the tape. Cut the twine, and glue the end to the rope.

Step 7

Completed pendant light.

Insert the end of the wire through the locking nut and into the mounting plate. Allow about 8 inches of cord beyond the mounting plate, and trim it to length with wire cutters. Tighten the nut to lock the cord in place. Then repeat the previous step to wrap twine around the rope and cord up to the mounting plate end, covering all of the tape.

Step 8

Natural-fiber rope and twine contrasts with the hammered-nickel shade of this pendant light. --Lowe’s Creative Ideas

Wire the light to the ceiling outlet and mount the ceiling plate according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Good to Know

Use care when working with electricity. Turn off power to the fixture at the breaker and check for current there before installing the light.