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

Flipping the Block Unit C Patio

Flipping the Block Unit C Patio

Round Wicker String Lights

From: Flipping the Block

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



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



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.

and Danmade

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 ©Susan Teare and Lindsay Raymondjack

Susan Teare, Susan Teare and Lindsay Raymondjack

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



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

Make a Copper Pipe Sconce 03:58

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

Expert: Bird Cage Floor Lamp



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



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



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



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



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

22 Upcycled Lamps and Lighting Ideas

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Industrial Inspiration

As seen on HGTV's Flea Market Flip, this industrial light was created by mixing metal roofing hooks with five trendy Edison bulbs.

Line of Lights

Brass candlesticks and vases make for a funky light display in this innovative creation from HGTV's Flea Market Flip.

Birdcage Floor Lamp

A thrift-store birdcage is paired with an old chandelier to create a unique floor lamp. Design by Joanne Palmisano

Photo By: Administrator ©Susan Teare

Mason Jars

Aqua and green jars are fitted with funnel tops and Edison bulbs then hung in a cluster to make a vintage-style kitchen light. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Wine Jug

A big bottle of vino was emptied then turned into a table lamp. The unique macramé shade adds the perfect touch of fun chic.

Photo By: Sarah Wilson/Getty Images

Library Lamp

A stack of books is sandwiched together, wired, then topped off with a wire egg basket.

Dress Form

This lamp can wear a gown for formal occasions or put on a casual frock for everyday use. Design by Joanne Palmisano

Photo By: Susan Teare ©Susan Teare

Wood Baskets Pendants

Wooden bushel baskets are repurposed as kitchen lighting. The conduits were covered in rope to give the fixtures a coastal look and to provide a nice contrast with the wallpaper-covered ceiling. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Mali Azima

Globe Light

The world is dissected at the equator then the Southern Hemisphere is turned upside down to create a semicircular lampshade.

Photo By: Sarah Wilson/Getty Images

Wash Tubs

A pair of inexpensive galvanized buckets have been converted into charming patio lighting. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Photo By: Rustic White Photography, LLC

Old Pulley

A salvage-yard bracket and pulley are joined with an Edison bulb to make a rustic wall sconce. Design by Joanne Palmisano

Photo By: Susan Teare ©Susan Teare

Big Whisk

Industrial-sized bakery whisks are whipped into a stylish pair of pendants.

Photo By: Sarah Wilson/Getty Images

Tugboat Toy

A toddler's toy is transformed into an adorable table lamp. Design by Joanne Palmisano

Photo By: Susan Teare ©Susan Teare and Lindsay Raymondjack

Lego Lamp

Have a table lamp you're sick and tired of? Cover it with these classic building blocks.

Photo By: Emilee Ramsier

Tall Tins

Vintage-style snack tins are stacked together to make this clever floor lamp. Design by Joanne Palmisano

Photo By: Susan Teare ©Susan Teare and Lindsay Raymondjack

Cupola Cap

The peak of a barn cupola was flipped upside down to make a rustic light fixture in a wine-friendly rec room.


Save wine bottles from special occasions and use them to make a personalized chandelier. Before you begin the project, mark the label on each bottle with the date and event. This way you can look up at your new light fixture and reminisce about the time each bottle was enjoyed.

Architectural Salvage

Old columns are easy to find at most any salvage yard, and it is just as easy to drill a hole toward the bottom of the column and wire it to make a floor lamp with tons of character. Design by Joanne Palmisano

Photo By: Susan Teare ©Susan Teare

Bugle Lamp

A piece of a band's brass section was repurposed into a quirky lamp.

Photo By: Sarah Christine Wilson, Sarah Wilson/Getty Images

Book Light

The pages of a book that are adorned with an elaborate typeface and detailed artwork were used to create a tiered light fixture. The book pages were fastened to the old chandelier frame using simple binder clips.

Photo By: Sarah Wilson/Getty Images

A Tisket, A Tasket

A bunch of thrift-store baskets are roped together to make a coastal-style light fixture. Only the large basket holds the bulb; the rest are just accents. Design by Joanne Palmisano

Photo By: Susan Teare ©Joanne Palmisano


An old thrift-store light fixture is given a budget makeover. Tree branches and the fixture are spray-painted white then wrapped around the base of the fixture. Design by Joanne Palmisano

Photo By: Susan Teare

More Bright Ideas for DIY Lighting Projects

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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.

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: Zach Desart

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.

Photo By: Courtesy of Emily Hart

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.

Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

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.

Photo By: Lara Robby/Studio D

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.

Photo By: Thomas Liggett

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