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DIY Lighting Using Just About Anything!

Once upon a time I used to spend a lot of time shopping for just the right lamp or light fixture, to fit into a unique space, only to settle for something that would only partially do justice to what I was looking for.  However, as time has gone on, I have come to realize that I can easily make my own lighting with almost anything that I can think of.

DIY Lighting

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One of the first projects, that my husband and I worked on, was birch tree lamps.  We were looking for something that was elegantly rustic and decided to make our own.

diy birch floor lamp by rustic-crafts.com

I used bark covered wire to wrap the top and bottom of the lampshade with pip berries.

Another fun diy lighting idea, that we came up with, was for our cabin dining area:

vintage sifter light fixture by rustic-crafts.com

We wanted something unique, small and industrial for our cabin dining area.  I couldn’t find the right fixture at any of the lighting stores.  But…when we were shopping at an antique store, we spotted this perfectly shaped vintage sifter and knew it would make the perfect hanging pendant light!

Here are some more unique diy lighting ideas that I found:

shop light hung from vintage spool

Shop light hung from vintage spool by Nellie Bellie

Here is an idea by Nellie Bellie that I am actually going to be using at our cabin.  We had purchased shop lights like these to use as reading lights for each of our bunk beds.  The problem was figuring out a cool way to hang them.  The problem was solved when I found this post showing how to do it using a vintage spool!  How clever is that?

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Globe ceiling light cover by DIY Showoff

Another super cool idea is to simply replace the glass light cover with a globe half for a fun and unique look like this one by DIY Showoff.

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Industrial wire basket light by Infarrantly Creative

Industrial wire baskets are popular to use as light fixtures and this example by Infarrantly Creative to use in a laundry room is especially cute.

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Outdoor pendant lighting by Design Sponge

This outdoor pendant lighting idea by Design Sponge is made up of two wire planter baskets!

mason jar chandelier

Mason jar chandelier by Ikea Hackers

What’s not to like about this charming mason jar chandelier by Ikea Hackers?  Mason jar decor is so popular that it makes sense that it would carry over to lighting.

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Planter basket pendant light by The Handmade Home

A planter basket is another perfect material to use in making a rustic pendant light.  Get the easy instruction from The Handmade Home!

wastebasket pendant light

Wastebasket and fabric light by Poppytalk

Poppytalk uses a wastebasket and floral fabric to create a fresh and chic pendant light fixture.

What have you or would you like to make a light fixture out of?

Happy Crafting!