25 Illuminating DIY Lighting Projects
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25 Illuminating DIY Lighting Projects

It’s time to get lit! We have been swooning over all kinds of pretty lights these days. Turns out, it’s actually quite easy to create a beautiful chandelier or pendant from materials you may already have lying around, or those that you can pick up for just a few bucks. Definitely makes those pricey lights at furniture shops seem way overrated. Plus, as with anything handmade, you’ll likely tend to love and care for these beauties way longer than your average lamp.

From illuminated bouquets to waste baskets gone chic, here are 25 creative ways to create your own unique lighting scheme.

1. Cardboard Chandelier: Turn an old shipping box into a chic chandelier! (via Etsy)

2. Vintage Marquee: It was about time we made an official Brit + Co. marquee. (via Brit + Co.)

3. Wire Waste Basket: Love this floral print! Might have to create your own take on this clever hack. (via Poppytalk)

4. Geometric Wire Lampshade: It’s minimal, avant garde, and surprisingly simple to create. (via Weekday Carnival)

5. Cube Pendant Light: We’d love to make a whole bunch of these using brightly painted wood. (via Vintage Revivals)

6. Illuminated Bouquet: For this bit of floral illumination, you use a doily dimensional flower punch and an LED branch! (via Saved By Love Creations)

7. Mini Marquee: For a mini take on the marquee, get into it with neon card stock. (via Brit + Co.)

8. Electric Umbrella: This one is definitely more involved, but with pretty incredible results. We might try hacking it with individual LED lights and cleverly placed wire, but ours probably wouldn’t close as nicely as this one. (via Instructables)

9. Ping Pong Lights: We’re gonna go ahead and take this as inspiration for creating a whole bucket of illuminated ping pong balls. So fun for a birthday party or wedding after party! (via Instructables)

10. Yarn Lanterns: Yarn, glue, balloons, and corn starch are all you need to create your own colorful lanterns. (via Brit + Co.)

11. Light Up Headboard: Now this is pretty amazing. They drew on the design, drilled holes through the headboard, and backed with lighting. (via A Beautiful Mess)

12. Work Light Bundle: Work lights in a bundle actually look pretty darn stylish. (via Likainen Parketti)

13. Sputnik Chandelier: Definitely on the more involved side, this tutorial shows you how to turn a standard IKEA Maskros chandelier into a gorgeous sputnik chandelier using paper, paint, and small glass ramekins. (via Little Green Notebook)

14. Hoop Lights: Wait, we could totally make this using embroidery hoops and gold spray paint. Bookmarked! (via Ladies and Gentlemen Studio)



15. Mason Jars: Come on, we’ve gotta have a mason jar on here somewhere. (via Woon Blog)

16. Globe Lamps: While we’re on the fence about cutting a globe in half, this would be a great use for a weathered flea market find. (via Etsy)

17. Dodecahedron: Not only is dodecahedron a really fun word to say, it’s pretty fun to make as well. (via View Along the Way)

18. Plastic Cup Lamp: You knew you saved all those hot pink Solo cups for a reason.. ;) (via Bit of Green)

19. Bundled Bulb Lights: Look at that little bundle of lights! (via Design*Sponge)

20. Tree Branch Chandelier: Turn a found piece of driftwood into a gorgeous ceiling centerpiece. (via Apartment Therapy)

21. Wax Paper Capiz Shells: Don’t these look just like those shell chandeliers? Such a great use of wax paper! (via Design*Sponge)

22. Drop Cloth Lamp: Love the modern vibe of this drop cloth lamp. (via Lowe’s Creative Ideas)

23. Outdoor Concrete Lighting: For more of a statement piece, we’re loving the Stonehenge-esque look of this concrete fixture. (via Homedit)

24. Jute Twinkle Lights: Twinkle, twinkle, little jute! (via Ella Claire Inspired)

25. DIY Quilt Light: And finally, some neon geometry. The colors! The shapes! So lovely. (via The Design Files)

What creative DIY lights have you seen recently? Tell us in the comments below.