As part of the ongoing cleanup process here on Tipnut, I decided to remove the DIY Lighting category and organize all projects in that section into one handy sheet so nothing’s lost. There are a couple new ones added to the list and I’ll be keeping my eyes out for more goodies.
Pretty Doily Filters: Turn an old lace tablecloth into a pretty light filter! LED lights are positioned in glass jars or fixtures then covered with a piece of lace (no worries about lit candles!).
Spring Bloom Flowers: The blossoms are made from the bottom of clear plastic soda bottles. There are a few steps involved in making these but nothing too complicated.
Pom-Pom: All you need for materials: tulle in the color of your choice, microwave plate covers (cheap at the dollar store) & a strand of white twinkle lights.
Pretty Paper: Transform ordinary paper lanterns with fabric scraps, acrylic paint, Mod Podge and ribbons or lace.
Teapot Base: A lovely way to use pretty, mismatched china pieces, you’ll need self-hardening clay, socket-and-cord unit, lamp harp and glue.
Whirl-It: You cover a balloon with Vaseline then saturate yarn with some strong wallpaper glue and apply it to the balloon “whirly-style”. Once the yarn is dry, pop the balloon, insert the lightbulb and hang.
Sham-Delier: Create a decorative light feature using flexible plastic chopping boards (cut into the shape of a chandelier) and tea lights. Free pdf template available.
Sewing Pattern Twinkles: This is a nice decorative touch to give soft light and a pretty pick-me-up to any room (and a creative way to repurpose old sewing patterns).
Photos: How gorgeous! Use photos or other designs/words for the collage.
Doily: Made by applying lace doilies to a blown up balloon using wallpaper glue, allow to dry and attach a cord and lamp fitting.
Moroccan Jar: Transform spaghetti jars with gold dimensional paint and glass paint, pop a candle inside and wow! so pretty when lit up at night!
Beaded Chandelier: Made with beaded necklaces, a metal hanging garden basket, thin-gauge wire, pendant light kit and a few other supplies.
Pottery Barn/West Elm Knock-Off: You’ll need a large glass vase or jug, a ceramic cutting drill bit, a lamp kit and a lampshade to make this gorgeous lamp.
Folded Paper: Medium to heavyweight paper, double sided tape and fire retardant spray are used in this project, can also be set over a glass candle as a luminaria.
Recovering Shades: Learn how to recover a lampshade with decorative fabric, decorative trim and spray adhesive.
Trellis: 1/4″ or 1/2″ grosgrain ribbon is used to make a criss-cross trellis pattern around a plain white lampshade (attached with a hot glue gun).
Ruffled Burlap: Strips of burlap are folded then glued onto lampshade with a wavy, ruffled pattern.
Lace: A cheap lampshade is made lovely with a piece of lace, dye (mixed with water) and a sponge brush.
Sewing Pattern: Here’s a neat idea for the craft room, a lampshade is covered with pattern tissue (using spray adhesive) and embellished with rickrack and metal snap pieces.
Origami Balloon: Colorful squares of 9×9 paper are folded into origami balloons that are then used to cover a string of low-wattage bulbs.
Aluminum: Made with decorative aluminum sheets, 20-gauge wire and Krylon black primer, aluminum is shaped around cylindrical containers and secured in place with twisted wire.
Wire Frame & Fabric: Make charming one-of-a-kind shades with a wire frame, ribbon, fabric, styrene and a few basic supplies.
Cherry Blossom: Learn how to transform a rice paper japanese lantern with some watercolor paint and faux cherry blossoms.
Stenciled: A design is cut from rice paper (template included) then attached to a shade with spray adhesive.
Simple Slipcover: Here’s an easy way to cover shades and they can be frequently changed and washed as needed.
Olive Oil: This oil lamp is a little different since it’s filled half with water and half with olive oil (you can use other oils too). Great project for emergency lighting!
Wine Bottle: You’ll need a drill, safety glasses & gloves, a glass drill bit, masking tape and a strand of Christmas lights to make this project.
Cupcake Liners: You’ll need 170 mini pleated paper cupcake liners, 170 standard-size pleated paper cupcake liners, a lamp-cord kit and bulb, 12-inch-diameter paper lantern and tacky glue to make this cutie.
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