25+ DIY Light Fixture Projects for Every Skill Level
Has the recent time change left you in the dark? Illuminate long, dark evenings this fall and winter with these DIY light fixtures you can make at home. Not a skilled DIYer? No problem! We've got plenty of super simple projects even the most inexperienced crafter can tackle.
Beginner: Gold-Dotted Lamp Base
Courtesy of Emily Hart
You don't have to be an electrician to revamp your light fixtures. Use gold leaf to give a simple yet chic update to an old glass lamp like Emily Hart of recentlytheblog.com did here.
Make This: Gold-Dotted Lamp Base
Beginner: DIY String Lights
Give your outdoor space a refresh too with stylish "new" bistro lights. Simply take decorative wicker spheres (normally used for table decor) and fit one sphere over each bulb on a strand of white string lights. Voila! Stylish outdoor lighting at a fraction of the cost.
Beginner: Geometric Pendant Light
This DIY pendant light looks difficult but is actually super simple to make. All you need is copper piping and a pendant light kit! Watch the video below for a full tutorial from HGTV digital host, Marianne Canada.
Get the step-by-step instructions:
DIY Geometric Pendant Light 03:04
Beginner: Gold-Tipped Feather Lampshade
Calling all Junk Gypsies fans! For this project you'll need a bag of large white feathers (these can be found at most craft stores), clear fishing wire and a lamp shade frame. Coat the entire tip of one feather with gold spray paint. While paint is wet, immediately sprinkle both sides of the feather with glitter in the same hue. Repeat until all feathers are coated. Once dry, tie fishing wire to each feather stem and attach along the top ring of the lamp shade frame. The finished product works great as a pendant light or table lamp.
Beginner: Twine-Wrapped Lamp
Reinvented Nautical-Chic Lamp
Transform any dowdy lamp by wrapping its base with rope and topping it with a contrasting modern shade. Lampshade: Camargo Lattice shade, from $59, ballarddesigns.com
The DIY experts at HGTV Magazine covered an old flea market lamp with twine for a modern, economical update.
Make This: Rope-Wrapped Lamp
Intermediate: Moon and Stars Headboard
I would have loved a headboard like this growing up! Great for a galaxy-themed kid's room, this celestial headboard is super simple to make and doubles as a night light.
Make This: DIY Moon and Stars Kid's Headboard
Intermediate: DIY Hula Hoop Chandelier
If you're looking for a totally customizable, expensive-looking lighting project that's both cheap and easy to DIY, this one's for you. It's made from hula hoops — yes, hula hoops — and can be painted to match any space.
Make This: Hula Hoop Chandelier
Intermediate: Faux Capiz Shell Pendant
The faux capiz shells used for this project look just like the real thing, but are actually made from wax paper!
Make This: Faux Capiz Shell Pendant
Intermediate: Birch Table Lamp
In addition to birch slices, this project could also be completed with a variety of stackable objects like books, children’s toy blocks, etc. Check out the video below for step-by-step instructions from HGTV's Dan Faires.
Make This: Birch Table Lamp
Danmade: Birch Table Lamp 03:55
Intermediate: Stacked Tin Floor Lamp
Hate throwing away large metal snack tins? Turn them into a cool floor lamp, instead. Paint the tins to match your decor or leave as is for a rustic effect.
Make This: Floor Lamp From Old Snack Tins
Intermediate: Constellation Wall Art
You can pick any constellation or zodiac sign for this glimmering wall art. It also doubles as ambient lighting!
Make This: Illuminated Constellation Wall Art
Expert: LEGO Lamp
I'm putting this one in the expert category simply because I would never have the patience to cover an entire lamp in LEGO bricks. But it's such a cool idea for a kid's room!
Expert: Copper Pipe Sconce
Who knew that simple copper plumbing pipe could look so stylish? Add industrial flair to your space with this DIY project from HGTV's Dan Made.
Make This: Copper Pipe Sconce
Make a Copper Pipe Sconce 03:58
Expert: Bird Cage Floor Lamp
Designer Joanne Palmisano threaded the cord of an antique crystal chandelier through the top of a thrift store birdcage to create this lovely and unique floor lamp.
Expert: Lighted Marquee Letter
If you're looking to fill an empty wall with a bold, professional-looking piece of wall art, try this marquee light project from HGTV Magazine. Tip: Familiarity with power tools is a must for this DIY.
Make This: Lighted Marquee Letter
Expert: Galvanized Bucket Light Fixture
Transform inexpensive galvanized washtubs into beautiful, rustic pendant lights that look great indoors or out.
Make This: Galvanized Bucket Light Fixture
Expert: Bushel Basket Pendant Light
Bring a little coastal flair to your home with this nautical-inspired pendant light made from a wood basket and rope.
Make This: Bushel Basket Hanging Light
Expert: Wine Bottle Chandelier
This one-of-a-kind wine bottle chandelier from designer Brian Patrick Flynn is a gorgeous and unique conversation starter.
Make This: DIY Wine Bottle Chandelier
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 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.
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.