How to Make a Repurposed Globe Hanging Light

       This project might not be what you're thinking
when you read the title.

How to Make a Repurposed Globe Hanging Light.

It actually didn't start out as a globe at all but an ice bucket!

Yep, an ice bucket my friend gave me. 

It actually looks like someone repurposed a globe to make this ice bucket... 🤣

How to Make a DIY Repurposed Globe Hanging Light.

Did I want it... heck yeah!

How many cool projects would this make?!!

So I began with the most obvious. 

The top of the ice bucket looked like the top of a globe so I drilled a 1.5" hole into the top. 

I used a tool that I had used once before on this tea light candle project.

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How to Make a Repurposed Globe Hanging Light.

The light kit I used had a 1.5" bulb holder that slipped right into the hole and screwed on from the inside. 

How to Make a Globe Hanging Light.

Next I repurposed the rim of the ice bucket into a rim for the light. 

It was brass but I changed the color using silver gilding wax, it brushed on and worked like a charm. 

How to Make a DIY Globe Hanging Light.

When the gilding wax dried I used E6000 glue to glue the globe part to the rim then added ruler Washi tape to add a stripe. 

Repurposed DIY Globe Hanging Light.

Repurposed Globe Hanging Light.

This was a simple project and the first one I'm making using this old ice bucket... stay tuned!

All I have to do now is to find the perfect place to hang my new light. 

Repurposed Ice Bucket Globe Hanging Light.

DIY Repurposed Ice Bucket Globe Hanging Light.


I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife of 28 years, the mother of 4 daughters, and the grandmother of 4 grandsons. I am a DIY Blogger and a part time PreK teacher.


  1. This looks like it belongs in Restoration hardware! just gorgeous.

    1. Hahaha maybe I could sell it for what they would sell it for??? lol Thank you Maria!

  2. such a great pendant for a den or library! Pinned!

    1. Thanks so much Julie and thanks for pinning it!

  3. Such a super cool project Susan. It is even more special because it is not in the traditional blue colors but all antique-like. Love that added washi tape. It really adds to the whole thing. Now hurry up and hang it!!

  4. That's has to be the coolest light I've ever seen Susan. Brilliant and such a talking point too. Love what what you did.

  5. Oh my gosh!!!! I love this! I love old globes and globe-type decor and you turned this one into something amazing!

  6. One of the best and most beautiful
    DIY projects I have seen on here! Just stunning!

  7. BEAUTIFUL!I just wish you kept the rim bronze. You could've added a little faux patina color to the bronze rim too. But it's still VERY AWESOME...❤💚


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