24 Clever DIY Ways To Light Your Home

Everything from a tree stump to a plastic spoon can become a light fixture.

1. Mason jars can become a simple hanging light.

Instructions at Martha Stewart Weddings.

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2. Bust out your decoupage skills and use plastic cups to make these colorful string lights.

The instructions are in Swedish but that’s why we have Google Translate.

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3. Use bendy bamboo to create these pendant lamps.

Find the directions at Crafty Nest.

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4. Make an orb light using paper.

This project comes from Design Sponge.

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5. Here are two more ideas for paper lanterns, one with flowers and one with pom-poms.

Directions from Crafty Nest.

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6. Turn an empty wine bottle into an outdoor sconce.

Just don’t drink the wine immediately before attempting this project, since you’ll be working with an open flame.

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7. Make this beautiful chandelier using wax paper.

Instructions here.

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8. Plastic spoons and a water jug can become a light with great texture.

Here’s how.

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9. A balloon, glue and some doilies make a unique orb lamp.

Paint doilies with glue, then arrange them however you want across an inflated balloon, making sure to leave a hole large enough for the lightbulb. When it’s dry and hardened, pop the balloon with a pin and run hanging lamp hardware through the hole.

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10. Use pieces of wood to make a cube light.

Vintage Revivals has the instructions (and it’s a great excuse to buy a nail gun).

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11. Or wire to make an orb lamp.

Directions available here.

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12. Paper petal lamps look like upside down flowers.

These easy instructions are available from Martha Stewart.

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13. Cotton batting can make a cloud light.

The directions recommend using flameless candles that don’t generate much heat.

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14. Turn Dixie cups into a light-up garland.

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15. Cupcake papers can work too.

Instructions here.

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16. Make a lamp you already have more special with Sharpie.

Very Irie describes how she made hers.

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17. Or customize it with vinyl stickers.

This idea comes from FontCrafts.

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18. Monogram your shade.

Find out how here.

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19. Get rid of all those extra bowler hats you have lying around with this project.

Here’s how.

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20. Punch painted cans and turn them into mini lights.

This idea is by Lowe’s, which describes the finished product as “in-can-descent.”

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21. Use straws to make a chandelier.

Instructions here.

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22. Repurpose a tree stump.

Get the directions from Lydia Pudel.

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It looks great even without a lampshade.

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23. Make a vaguely nautical woven rope lamp.


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24. Use old books as a base.

Just think long and hard about all the knowledge you are destroying. Directions here.

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