Cool DIY Lighting Updates

It doesn’t matter whether your home is large or small, we all need good lighting.  DIY light fixtures are one of the most overlooked areas of home decorating, and they shouldn’t be. Especially in a small home where lack of proper light can make it look even smaller! Lighting can also be an accessory in a room, so make it count. If you want to try some makeover magic, use your present light fixtures (or check out thrift stores!) and try these cool DIY lighting updates.




You can find the tutorial for this DIY pendant light made from twine at Small + Friendly. This is fun DIY lighting project for a more modern look. Great way to update stale home decor. Oh, and it’s cheap!

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Here is another similar DIY light fixture from the folks at ‘CraftyNest‘ and the tutorial for this String Pendant Lamp.

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This extremely cool DIY light fixture is from ‘The 3 R’s‘, and it is creative in every way! She says she saw this in an Anthropologie store as a prop, and created from there. This is made from folded paper! A far cry above the paper lanterns from Ikea, folks! Learn how to make their faceted pendant light here.

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Make this DIY pendant orb chandelier with Vidya from ‘What’s Ur Home Story‘ and her step by step tutorial. This started with a discount store decorative orb meant for the coffee table!

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Do you hate those ugly ceiling light fixtures as much as we do? Or maybe yours is just plain boring? Well Amy from ‘The Blissful Bee‘ has us covered, with her DIY drum pendant cover up solution! Ok, this is a touch of genius. Seriously updated the whole room, go check out her before and after! Lots of photos and instructions fro this DIY lighting project.

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This Dodecahedron DIY Pendant Light from Kelly at ‘View Along the Way‘ has real presence, and we love the shape of this! Their inspiration piece costs over $440, so this is an amazing DIY!

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Lindsay at ‘My Creative Days‘ has a tutorial for her DIY light fixtures made from galvanized metal pieces they found at a yard sale! Two part tutorial, so don’t miss any of it!

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This project is more a lightscape than a lamp, but we love this! What great ambient lighting for a room, and easy! ‘Apartment Therapy’ has the tutorial.



Finally, we have Brenna’s paper capiz shell chandelier from ‘Design Sponge‘. Ok, this is crazy clever. This DIY light fixture is made from a hanging plant basket and parchment paper. Yes, really. Love it!

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We hope you are picking out one of these Cool DIY Lighting Update how-tos to get started on! We think you will also love our posts on DIY Light Up Vanity Mirror Projects and Clever DIY Room Dividers!

Image Credits: BHG, Small + Friendly, craftynest, What's Ur Home Story, The Blissful Bee, View Along the Way, Apartment Therapy, Design Sponge

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  1. David
    September 5, 2018 / 8:09 pm

    We hope you are picking out one of these Cool DIY Lighting Updates fro your hows to get started on! We think you will also love our posts on DIY Light Up Vanity Mirror Projects and Clever DIY Room Dividers!

    Second sentence “fro”??

    • Kathy Woodard
      September 24, 2018 / 3:40 pm

      Thx for bringing that to our attention David!

  2. October 13, 2016 / 5:14 am

    I love the idea come from Apartment Therapy. It look so gorgeous. But It seems like they have removed the tutorial link. I’ll try to looking for it at some where else. Thanks for sharing those cool works.

  3. February 29, 2016 / 2:48 am

    Really love those designs specially which comes from CraftyNest. You could use the brighter led light on it. It will be glow much.
    Thanks for sharing those DIY works, i always search for those on the internet.

  4. December 10, 2013 / 9:42 am

    I am loving this site! Thanks for sharing!

    • Kathy Woodard
      December 11, 2013 / 3:22 pm

      Thanks Jessica! You have some creative ideas at Sparkles and Glue as well!Thx for the happy comments!

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