DIY Rope Pendant Cord

jute rope pendant cord

I received an email earlier this week asking about the rope pendant cord I created for this antique egg crate pendant light that hangs above our kitchen table.

diy crate light with rope pendant

I went back to the post and realized that I said I would post a tutorial on how to create it, and then, well, life happened, and I didn’t.

So, about 9 months later, here’s how I saved myself some money and created my own rope swag pendant, similar to this one I had been eyeballing at World Market for over a year.

World Market Jute Rope Electrical Cord Kit

I needed mine to be a hardwired fixture, so I bought a Westinghouse pendant light kit and then headed over to Home Depot to buy some manila rope. (They have the pendant kits at Home Depot as well!)  I ended up getting 3/4 inch thick rope, which was perfect for this project.


At Home Depot, you purchase this rope by the foot, and an employee cuts it for you. I want to say that it’s less than $1 per foot, so you can already see how this version is about half of the cost of the World Market version (plus it’s hardwired).  If you wanted a plug in version, I would purchase this Ikea Hemma Cord Set (which would mean your version would be even less than half of the cost of the World Market version – even better!).

Quick side story. Manila rope is a natural rope. I told the HD employee that I needed 7 feet of rope, and he walked over the burning cutter. I questioned this in my head, but figured he knew just what he was doing. As I’m sure you can guess, smoke started rising up, and the smell of burning fiber filtered through the air. He just kept going, rotating the cord, muttering to himself about how it never takes this long. Of course, the burning tool is for the synthetic, polypropylene ropes, but he was too far in the process for me to pipe up and say anything. So I got a rope with a charred end. Point of the story, be sure the guy uses the good old fashioned blade cutting tool.

DIY rope pendant light

This rope is actually made of of three, twisted ropes. I took the end and split the three ropes apart.  Then, I slipped the cord in between the ropes.

diy rope pendant light

I’ll be honest, I’m not quite sure I can explain how this next part worked, but I used some trial and error to start twisting the rope around the cord. It almost just slides in as you rotate the rope.

diy rope pendant light

I just knotted it at the top and bottom, which is different than the World Market version, but I’m sure you could use some good old hot glue and attached the three pieces, and then use a thinner rope to wrap around the top to cover the edge.

I wasn’t quite sure what I was doing when I started this process, but I think my version looks pretty similar to the original.  You can slightly see the cord underneath the rope, but that doesn’t bother me at all.


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11 thoughts on “DIY Rope Pendant Cord

  1. Jenny, this is so amazing! I love love love this and I really appreciate the step by step tutorial too. I totally have to find a light to do this to now, it’s awesome. Hugs for a happy day, CoCo

    1. Thanks, CoCo! It was one of those projects that I really didn’t even know the steps I was going to take until I got into it – and it actually worked somewhat like I thought it would. I love those types of projects!

  2. What an awesome idea! I would have never thought of wrapping a chord with rope. This would look perfect in my friend’s cabin… I need to tell them about this! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I have had a swag lamp kit for months and have been trying to figure out how to cover it with rope. I figured I would have to figure out how to do some intricate macrame (which I was seriously balking from) knotting to get the job done. Duh?? I never thought about doing it this way…….thank you so much!!

    1. That’s funny, because I had the same thought too, but really had no idea how to even start a macrame covering! I just went to the store, hoping to find something that would work, and this did. Have fun with your project!

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