Bright Ideas for DIY Lighting Projects

  • 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.

  • Dan Faires rRcycles Old Books Into Lamp

    Make a Stacked-Books Table Lamp

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Completed Hula Hoop Chandelier

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Nautical Themed Lamp

    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.

  • 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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