If you missed the first installment of this series of DIY lampshades, DIY lamps and DIY lights, be sure to check it out HERE. This week, I’ve got 20+ MORE great, money-saving lighting DIY’s to share from some of my favorite blogs on the www.
1.) DIY Capiz Shell Chandelier – A Restoration Hardware Hack
I LOVE capiz shell fixtures, and thankfully, a number of DIY’ers out there do as well. This one, from the talented Honeycombe Home turned out beautifully. Full tutorial on her blog.
2.) 5 minute DIY boob light hack
And if you like capiz lights, we’ve got a post right here at our DIY blog that you will dig. Our 5 minute boob light hack. We’ve got two ways to rid your home of those scandalous boob light flushmounts…and get this…it will take you about 5 minutes!!! Too good to be true, well, yeah…but it’s still true!
3.) Trash Can Pendant DIY Light
This is such a great idea from Lesley at Chaotically Creative. A DIY light made from a pendant kit and a cool, modern looking trash can! I’ve done this as well, and I didn’t like my outcome nearly as much as hers…I think it’s all about choosing the right trash can, to be honest. And this one turned out GREAT, right?!
4.) Wine Cork DIY Chandelier
I am SO making one of these someday. I mean, hey, it’s the PERFECT excuse for consuming more wine! That, alone, is reason enough to try this DIY light out!
5.) Typical Ceiling Fan Turned Farmhouse Chic
I must admit, I would rather sweat buckets on my couch each day than have a ceiling fan. I know that is COMPLETELY illogical. What can I say, we all have our “things”. But, I think I could possibly get used to this cute adaptation of a typical, garden variety ceiling fan from OneMoreTimeEvents.com.
6.) Mason Jar DIY Lamp
There is a lot of love out there for the classic mason jar. Bloggers use em for just about everything. In this case, Kristi from Chatfield Court turns one into a lovely DIY lamp!
7.) Photo DIY Lampshade
Million Moments hit this DIY lampshade out of the park. This DIY lampshade is such a fantastic way to display pictures, isn’t it? She goes through all the how-to on her blog. And I’m so enamored with the finished product!
8.) Wire Globe Turned Pendant DIY Light
Atta Girl Says took a random geometric tchotchke she found at the craft/home decor store, and used a pendant kit to transform it into a lovely DIY light. Very hip, modern, and WAY less $$$ than if you were to buy a similar light at a retail store!
9.) Filament Bulb Sconce
That’s My Letter had her eye on some wall sconces from Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware that were anywhere between $55 and almost $100 each, so instead of paying that much, she found a thriftier approach, using less expensive wall sconces that she removed the standard shade from. You could also use paint to get the finish you desired. Great idea to get those fixtures you want, in a tighter budget!
10.) Farmhouse Lighting – Sconces AND Pendant Light
Prodigal Pieces is amazing with her upcycling skills. She makes things out of the most random odds and ends imaginable, and somehow, they always turn out looking cool. She’s like the female McGyver of furniture DIY. Antique clamps were the backbone of these lighting projects.
11.) DIY lampshade AND finial!
Listen, I’m gonna level with you. There are other tutorials out there for how to make a DIY lampshade like this. But I can guarantee NONE of them will be as entertaining as Jenna’s from Rain on a Tin Roof. Most sites will give you a G-rated tutorial. Hers are almost all PG-13…and I kind of LOVE that in my DIY. A little on the saucy, daring side 😉 Anyways, besides entertaining you, she’ll not only show you how to do this DIY shade, she’ll throw in the tutorial on a cool DIY finial to boot.
12.) Industrial Cage DIY Light
Medina from Grillo Designs loved the look of this large antique sewing bobbin, so she decided to incorporate it into a DIY industrial looking cage light. Cool way to add some character to what would otherwise be a fairly standard light fixture!
13.) 1980’s Vanity Strip Light Turns Rustic Chandelier with Mason Jars
This project is pure genius. Do you have any of those old school strip vanity lights in your house? The kind that usually hangs over a big, unframed bathroom mirror hung with clips? We do. And I totally plan to upcycle that beast into something like this glorious DIY light by LZ of The Summery Umbrella as seen on Remodelaholic.
14.) Industrial Chic DIY Light from Old Lampshades
Jen from Fresh Crush definitely crushed it with this simple, inexpensive DIY light. She took the guts of two old lampshades, and attached them to create the look of an industrial cage. Add a pendant kit, and done! So smart.
15.) DIY Globe Flushmount Light
I think this is one of the most darling DIY lights ever. Roeshel of DIY Showoff had a flushmount with a glass shade that cracked. She didn’t want to toss the fixture, so she DIY’d this fantastic shade from a globe! I love it. You could make a great pendant with the same idea. Can totally see this in a kids space and would be such an amazing focal point.
16.) Bicycle Wheel Pendant Light
Seriously, how FUN is this DIY light? Made from a bicycle wheel painted this glorious bright yellow, I LOVE a DIY fixture with some chutzpah, and this one, from Polka Dot Poplars has GOT IT. So fun for a man cave, a kids room, an outdoorsy guy or gal’s office. It’s genius.
17.) Clothespin Chandelier
Young House Love. So cool those two. They made this DIY light out of clothespins. Whole tutorial on their blog. And I WISH I would have seen this before I bought a fixture for our laundry room. This one is so fun.
18.) Belted DIY Lampshade
This one is super easy, and also super fun. Blue i Style simply added an old belt to this lampshade, and it completely transformed the lamp. What a great way to add some texture, another material, and a bit of drama to an otherwise ho-hum lampshade! I love it. And it looks GREAT in her boys room.
19.) Glass Pendant Knock Off Using a Glass Bowl
Sarah from Ugly Duckling House put this DIY light together with…A GLASS MIXING BOWL…what?!? Sheer genius, no?
20.) Paint Stirrer DIY Light
It’s amazing the ideas DIY’ers come up with. Here’s a lighting fixture made of paint stirrers. Yes. Stained paint stirrers. I’m in love.
21.) Beaded Chandelier DIY Light
Designer Trapped and I share a love of low cost lighting. These wood bead chandeliers are very popular, and quite pricey. She hacked her own, for a fraction of the price and shares the full how-to. It turned out SO great.
22.) Plastic Spoon Chandelier
This DIY light may take the prize. And it actually did! Originally made by designer Yaroslav Olenev, this spoon light was designed as an entry to an “ecology and design” contest for Future Now magazine back in 2010, and has since been replicated many places across the web. Not only does he use disposable spoons in the design, he also uses a large plastic water jug as the frame. Talk about a great example of upcycling. The ingenuity is outstanding, and the look of the final product is so modern and unique.
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