How to: DIY Shade Pendant Lamps

By: Diy maven Jun 12, 2012

created at: 06/12/2012

Jen from Tatertots & Jello found the perfect pendant lamps for her kitchen, but at $140 a pop, they were out of the question. So, Jen came up with a fabulous alternative that only set her back $124, and that's for FOUR pendant lights. She started by picking up some $7 shades at Target, which she covered in a pretty print she found online. Conversion kits at Lowes for 20 bucks each helped her convert her recessed lights to pendants, sansContinue Reading

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How to Turn a Drum Into a Pendant Light

By: Diy maven Jun 06, 2012

created at: 05/31/2012

Lindsay bought a used Tom drum off Ebay for 30 bucks and decided to turn it into a pendant light. At 12 inches tall and 10 inches wide, a Tom is a perfect specimen for this project, but I can imagine other drums-types would work too. The process of conversion is pretty simple. Some scrap wood, finish nails, a drill, jigsaw, pendant light kit, scissors or Continue Reading

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How To: Make a Modern DIY Geometric Lampshade

By: Capreek Jun 04, 2012

created at: 06/04/2012

I recently returned home from a trip to ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair), where everything was brass-y, angular goodness. It was a neo-80s explosion. In a good way. So, spying a low-cost, DIY version of all this shiny metallic high-brow design was quite exciting!   Continue Reading

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How To: Turn an Indoor Chandelier into an Outdoor Chandelier

By: Diy maven Jun 04, 2012

created at: 05/31/2012

Diane found a brass chandelier at a thrift store and decided to turn it into an outdoor chandelier for her deck. She removed the candelabra covers, cut all the wires and removed the sockets. A shot of Rust-Oleum primer and ORB Continue Reading

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How to: Make an Ombre Chrysanthemum Chandelier

By: Diy maven Jun 01, 2012

Aunt Peaches gets her floral on with her new chrysanthemum pendant. She used--you guessed it--coffee filters, but what makes this project different than all ththers we've seen is Ms. Peaches dyed the coffee filters first to create an ombre effect. Cutting petals Continue Reading

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Make It: DIY Upcycled Water Bottle Chandelier

By: Capreek May 09, 2012

created at: 05/09/2012

Part installation piece, part upcycling genius, this DIY water bottle chandelier is a cinch to make!   Continue Reading

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DIY Idea: Use Outdoor Sconces Indoors

By: Craftmel May 01, 2012

created at: 05/01/2012

Jen found some great sconces to fit the nautical inspired theme in her daughter's room, but the sconces were specifically for outdoor use.  While the look was right, they weren't so practical for bed-side reading.  With some additions from the hardware store, Jen made those outdoor lights suitable for their new indoor setting.  

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How To: Make a DIY Wood Cube Pendant Light!

By: Capreek Apr 30, 2012

created at: 04/30/2012

This might be one of the coolest lighting projects I've seen in a while! It's big, bold, modern, and kinda rustic all at once... win-win-win-win in my book!   Continue Reading

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How to: Make a Cardboard Chandelier

By: Diy maven Apr 26, 2012

Am I the only one that loves the smell of new cardboard? Not quite like paper and not quite like wood, its scent evokes a sense of possibilities. I'm guessing Kayte, author of Paper Made, knows exactly what I'm talking about, for she created this so-cool chandelier of that very lowly material. She tells us it takes some careful cutting but virtually no Continue Reading

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Roundup: 10 DIY Outdoor Lighting Projects

By: Craftmel Apr 25, 2012

created at: 04/25/2012

When the outdoor evening temperatures are too perfect to go inside, you'll need something to keep your outdoor living space lit to enjoy it as long as you can. Something you made yourself.  These DIY lighting ideas,Continue Reading

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How to: Homemade Outdoor Fireflies

By: Diy maven Apr 24, 2012

created at: 04/23/2012

If you've ever spent a warm summer night next to a wetland area, you've probably seen lampyridae. Their name might not ring a bell, but their tiny glowing bodies do. Lampyridae are fireflies, those belly-glowing beetles that seem to take people's breath away, especially when seen in multiples. In our second project from Lorene Edwards Forkner's book Handmade Garden Projects we're going to be making our own fireflies.

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Make It: A DIY Hanging Light Bulb Chandelier!

By: Capreek Apr 23, 2012

created at: 04/23/2012

Part rustic, part industrial, part awesome! With a few basic hardware store supplies, this DIY chandelier is a cinch to make.   Continue Reading

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DIY Letter Pendant

By: Diy maven Apr 18, 2012

letter lighting

My penchant for letters and punctuation make me squeal for this idea. A white paper lantern filled to the gills with sticky-back vinyl lettering purchased at Michaels. Picture the letters less random, spelling out words and names. Perfect for a kid's room or even decorations at a party or wedding! A tutorial's probably not really necessary, but to show your love, visit The Swell Life.

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Roundup: 5 Magical Ceiling Fans

By: Diy maven Apr 10, 2012

created at: 04/09/2012

What makes these 5 ceiling fans magical? Some disappear when not in use, others are what dreams are made of. The first one is the Marea fan from bellacor in oil-rubbed bronze. The blade, which seems to sweep the air, is made of frosted acrylic. It comes in satin nickel too andContinue Reading

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Why You May Want to Learn to Love Your Popcorn Ceilings (And How to Lessen Their Visual Effect)

By: Diy maven Mar 28, 2012

created at: 03/26/2012

Recently, I had the opportunity to bend the ears of two professional drywall installers. Our conversation included a discussion about the pitfalls of removing popcorn ceilings, either by a DIYer or a pro. For the sake of this post, I'm not going to go into the whole asbestos discussion. Nope, for this post we're going to talk about paint, because if your popcorn ceilings are painted--according to the pros--you will Continue Reading

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