Bright Ideas for DIY Lighting Projects


Hula Hoop Chandelier

If you have two hours and $20, designer Emily Henderson has just the lighting project for you: A chandelier made from basic plastic hula-hoops. “I love this chandelier’s graphic, modern look. It’s large-scale but not visually heavy, and it couldn’t be easier to make,” she says.

Create Your Own Modern Copper Pendant Light

A simple material from the plumbing section of the hardware store — copper piping — is transformed into a modern light fixture with just a few simple tools. Get the how-to over on Design Happens.

Make a Stacked-Books Table Lamp

Upcycle old books by turning them into a one-of-a-kind lamp.
Photo by Jack Desart

Turn a Beaker Into a Kitschy Lamp

Transform basic science lab supplies into a one-of-a-kind lamp with this how-to from HGTV Magazine.


Photo by Emily Hart

Easy Gold-Dotted Lamp Base

Transform a basic glass-bottomed lamp into a designer showpiece with white latex paint and dots of gold leaf. Get the full how-to from HGTV Magazine.

Make Your Own Light-Up Letter

Marquee letters are quite the rage right now. Most of the DIY versions are made from chipboard 3D letters from the craft store; we used plywood to create a larger-scale version. Get the step-by-step instructions to create this larger scale letter from HGTV Magazine.

Dress Up a Paper Lantern

Add paper or washi tape to a basic paper lantern to create a custom design on the cheap.


Photo by Marko Metzinger / Studio D

Make a Starry Lampshade

Transform a basic paper pendant shade into something custom with stick-on decals, like these retro starbursts seen in HGTV Magazine.

Revive a Table Lamp With Washi Tape

Update an old lampshade with layers of patterned washi tape to create a hip, colorful new decoration. For the most variety, use different widths and colors of washi tape that all have something in common. For example, these tapes are all a white pattern on a colored background.


Photo by Lara Robby / Studio D

Transform a Flea Market Find

Even the most dated lamp can be made modern with a coat of spray paint and a fresh shade embellished with ribbon. Get tips for your own makeover from HGTV Magazine.

Transform a Basic Lamp With Twine

Give a ho-hum lamp and shade nautical style by adding a layer of natural hemp twine. This quick update is easy, inexpensive and breathes new life into a tired accessory.
Photo by Thomas Liggett

Make Egg Basket Pendants

Vintage egg baskets take on new life when spray painted in neon hues and paired with a monochromatic light kit. Get the how-to from HGTV Magazine.

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