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bundt pan pendant lampJen Jafarzadeh L'Italien

I've had this inspiration photo from the book Simple Home on my desktop for months now. Recycling a vintage bundt cake pan into a light fixture? An idea of sheer brilliance, if you ask me.

I needed another overhead light in my apartment, and I thought an antique cake tin would add a little vintage style to my space. When I was at the Brimfield Market a couple weeks ago, I had some luck: I stumbled on a booth selling vintage cake pans, a couple with the same bundt shape. Perfect! I had no idea at the time how to turn it into a light. But the cake tin cost $3, so I thought what do I have to lose? Plus, I was so drawn to the gorgeous aged patina on this vintage cake pan.

bundt cake pan

bundt cake pan

I brought my vintage cake pan home and researched how to turn it into a pendant lamp. Turns out, it's quite easy to transform a cake tin into a pendant! Here's how to make your own.

Supplies you'll need:

- Vintage bundt pan
- Halogen light fixture kit (comes with lamp wire and transformer)
- Universal plug
- Precision screwdriver (small screwdriver set used for working with electrical and jewelry projects)
- Wire stripper
- Hot glue gun
- Plastic wire ties

You can make your own pendant light using a bundt pan, a standard light bulb and a cord and socket. But I opted for a halogen light fixture; I found one that was a perfect fit with my vintage cake pan. As a bonus, you don't see a big light bulb hanging below the cake pan pendant, and I'm saving a lot of electricity with this fixture. A standard bulb consumes 100 watts of electricity, whereas this halogen light uses 3.5 watts.

Whichever light fixture you decide on, you'll want to bring your cake pan to the hardware store to make sure the fixture you choose fits perfectly inside the cake pan's hole. This is one project where I definitely would suggest buying your supplies in person to make sure everything fits together.

bundt cake pan

You're going to need to attach the lamp wire through your plug (above) and through your transformer (which hooks into the halogen light fixture.) To do this project, you need to know the electrical signs for positive and negative. It's important that you put the wires in the right place, or you'll trip your electrical circuit.

positive: Also marked by a plus sign. Some wires are black and white on the inside, in which case black denotes positive or hot wire. With a lamp wire that's white on both sides, you need to feel the difference. The side of the wire that's flat with grooves is positive. If you're working with a 3-prong plug, one side will be a brass color and one side will be silver on the inside when you take it apart. The brass side is positive. "L" also denotes a live wire, or positive.

negative: Also marked by a negative sign. With wires that are black and white on the inside, white denotes negative or neutral wire. If you're working with lamp wire that doesn't have a color distinction, the side that's rounded and smooth is the negative side. If you're using a plug that's brass and silver on the inside, the silver side is the negative one. "N" also denotes a neutral connection, or negative.

Here are the instructions for making your very own, one-of-a-kind bundt pan pendant lamp!

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Handmade: Bundt Pan Pendant Lamp

Pull apart a section of your wire to create a Y shape. Strip about 1/2 inch of wire on both sides, removing the outer shell to expose the copper conductors inside.

Handmade: Bundt Pan Pendant Lamp

Stick your precision screwdriver in the middle of the plug to pop open the locking mechanism piece between the metal prongs on your plug.

Handmade: Bundt Pan Pendant Lamp

Remove the metal prongs from the plug.

Handmade: Bundt Pan Pendant Lamp

Next you're going to thread your wire through the plug. A universal plug is the simplest to use because you don't need to worry about lining up positive and negative.

Handmade: Bundt Pan Pendant Lamp

Using your precision screwdriver, unscrew the screws on the metal prongs of the plug. Then you'll need to carefully wrap the copper conductor wires around the screws. (If your copper wires are too short to go around, strip more wire as needed.)

You must wrap the exposed copper wire around the screw in a clockwise motion. (You're screwing in a clockwise motion, so you must wrap the wire around the same way.) Do the same for both sides.

Handmade: Bundt Pan Pendant Lamp

Fit your metal prongs back inside the plug case. Make sure the copper wires are not touching their opposite side or it will trip your circuit. Put the locking mechanism piece back in place.

Handmade: Bundt Pan Pendant Lamp

Next take your transformer and unscrew the connector screws using your precision screwdriver.

Handmade: Bundt Pan Pendant Lamp

Stick your copper wires inside the transformer, being careful to match up the flat/grooved lamp wire (or black wire, the positive wire) with the L side of the transformer and the smooth, rounded lamp wire (or white wire, the negative wire) to the N side of the transformer. Replace the screws and tighten.

Handmade: Bundt Pan Pendant Lamp

Take a hot glue gun and put four dots of glue on the back of the transformer. Attach the transformer to the backside of the light fixture, in the center.

Handmade: Bundt Pan Pendant Lamp

Move the wire to the center, tuck under the second clip, and tie wire in the center - you're creating a harness with the wire so it hangs centered. Add a wire tie to keep it in place.

On the halogen light fixture, there will be two silver clips. Tuck one end of the wire under one clip.

Handmade: Bundt Pan Pendant Lamp




  • mary

    This is butt ugly! Can you say Clampett family.

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  • judi

    hey mary..did you say butt ugly or bundt ugly..hahaha


  • grgkir

    Looks like something one would find in a trailer.

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  • Tim

    Next.... How to use an IUD as a fishing lure.......

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  • Diane in NC

    LOL....this looks like it may have been designed by the family who "lost" their kid in that silvery balloon. Actually, I'm all for "repurposing" things, but this effort was a a lot of work for naught!

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  • Mary

    Sorry, I don't like it, looks so cheap.

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  • mary

    i love vintage and antiques, but i wouldnt hang this thing in my outhouse if i had one,lol

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  • Dianne

    LMAO @ the IUD comment. So funny!!

    And yes, this is ugly. Seriously ugly.

    Reply
  • Wendy

    If I put a light bulb through the center of my toilet seat and hang it from the ceiling can I get an article on DIY?

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  • tammy

    this looks stupid and cheap!

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  • k9waste

    It will be perfect for my kids tree house. Thanx for the idea.

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  • Dave

    I have lots of neat things one can make from empty toilet paper rolls. Can I get a check for posting them on this site?

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  • Joyce

    Am I the only one who thinks this looks more like an old metal jello mold, not a bundt pan? Either way, I agree that the resuling pendant lamp is crappy looking!!

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  • darcy

    wow! FUGLY!!
    I'll stick with Schonbeck, thank you!

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  • Debra

    Hey, I got it! I just read about how to get rid of friuit flies, other uses for dryer sheets, and now bunt pan lights! Well hay all your problems with fruit flys, making something stupid with a light and hang your fruit up all at the same time, just use a cullender instead of a bunt pan, fix it as a light, stick dryer sheet peices threw the holes and tie them into ringlets to ward off the fruit bugs and hang your fruit on it like grapes or bananas, then you have a versatile peice of..... that solves all 3 problems at the same time. Or hook the electrical wire wrong and mabe you will have a bug zapper and you won't have to waste the dryer sheets. It will also teach the kids to make sure their hands are good and dry after they wash them before they pick the fruit. Wow you can even put beads, ribbon, trim, or just about anything you can think of on it and sell it on e-bay, informercials on tv, etc. But I get half the rights for thinking of it! I think I will go and make one and test it out on the nieghbors cat! But I need my Banjo music to get me in the mood! Bing ba bing bing bing bing bing, baba baba bing bing. Weee doggies!!

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  • stephen

    Looks like crap. With all the other supplies you had to buy, you would have been better off to just buy a light and hang the bundt pans on the kitchen wall. Oh sorry, then you would have to buy a hammer and a couple of nails too.

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  • marie

    what the hell is it hanging from

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  • kevin

    Why do you even need the bundt pan. Just hang the halogen.

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  • Richard

    Great!....Now This Is True 'Green' Thinking

    Reply
  • Virginia

    ummm, it's hangin crooked....eek

    Reply
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