25+ DIY Light Fixture Projects for Every Skill Level

Winter is coming! Combat the dark, dark nights with these amazing lighting DIYs even the most clueless crafters can handle.
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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

Gold-Leaf Dotted Lamp

Gold-Leaf Dotted Lamp

This DIY project uses little more than a pouncer and gold-leaf to elevate a plain white lamp.

Photo by: Courtesy of Emily Hart

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.

Beginner: DIY String Lights

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Flipping the Block Unit C Patio

Round Wicker String Lights

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Photo by: Stephanie Diani / Getty Images

Stephanie Diani / Getty Images

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

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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

On Afternoon Crafternoon Marianne demonstrates how to make a DIY freeform geometric pendant light from copper tubing.

Beginner: Gold-Tipped Feather Lampshade

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As seen on GAC's Junk Gypsies, the feather lamp that Jolie Sikes Smith designed for the Gypsyville store. (display)

Photo by: Jennifer Boomer/Getty Images ©2014, GAC/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Jennifer Boomer/Getty Images, 2014, GAC/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

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

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

Photo by: Thomas Liggett

Thomas Liggett

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

15 Easy DIY Headboards: Starry Night

15 Easy DIY Headboards: Starry Night

Holiday lights are used to create a built-in night-light in a little boy's bedroom. Glow-in-the-dark stars accompany the moonlight for some extra sparkle.

©Design by Joanne Palmissano, Photo by Susan Teare

Design by Joanne Palmissano, Photo by Susan Teare

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.  

Intermediate: DIY Hula Hoop Chandelier

Completed Hula Hoop Chandelier

Completed 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.

Intermediate: Faux Capiz Shell Pendant

Shell Pendant Light

Shell Pendant Light

The faux capiz shells used for this project look just like the real thing, but are actually made from wax paper! 

Intermediate: Birch Table Lamp

Birch Wood Table Lamp

Birch Wood Table Lamp

Make a rustic table lamp with a lamp kit and a birch wood log.

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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

Dan makes a rustic, modern table lamp out of a sliced birch log.

Intermediate: Stacked Tin Floor Lamp

Snack Tin Floor Lamp

Snack Tin Floor Lamp

Nostalgic-style snack tins are stacked together to make this clever floor lamp.

Photo by: Susan Teare ©Joanne Palmisano

Susan Teare, Joanne Palmisano

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.

Intermediate: Constellation Wall Art

Create modern art that doubles as ambient lighting from plywood, trim and twinkle lights.

Photo by: Rustic White Photography, LLC

Rustic White Photography, LLC

You can pick any constellation or zodiac sign for this glimmering wall art. It also doubles as ambient lighting!

Expert: LEGO Lamp

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Photo by: Emilee Ramsier

Emilee Ramsier

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

Copper Pipe Sconce

Copper Pipe Sconce

Make an industrial-style sconce using copper piping.

From: Danmade

Photo by: Boyte Creative

Boyte Creative

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

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Dan Faires shows how to make an industrial-style sconce from copper piping.

Expert: Bird Cage Floor Lamp

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Photo by: Administrator ©Susan Teare

Administrator, Susan Teare

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

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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.

Expert: Galvanized Bucket Light Fixture

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Photo by: Rustic White Photography, LLC

Rustic White Photography, LLC

Transform inexpensive galvanized washtubs into beautiful, rustic pendant lights that look great indoors or out.

Expert: Bushel Basket Pendant Light

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Photo by: Mali Azima

Mali Azima

Bring a little coastal flair to your home with this nautical-inspired pendant light made from a wood basket and rope.

Expert: Wine Bottle Chandelier

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This one-of-a-kind wine bottle chandelier from designer Brian Patrick Flynn is a gorgeous and unique conversation starter.

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