Best of Curbly: Top Ten DIY Lighting Projects of 2011!

By: Capreek Dec 27, 2011

created at: 12/27/2011

We get really, really excited about DIY lighting projects here at Curbly, so narrowing down our HUGE collection of awesome ideas to ten was a tough task.  In the end, we chose our favorite high-impact, low-cost projects.  Here they are in order of most difficult to easiest (they're all pretty easy, though)!… Continue Reading

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DIY String-Wrapped Lamp: The Easiest Lighting Makeover Project Ever!

By: Capreek Nov 29, 2011

created at: 11/29/2011

It's no secret, we love a good DIY lighting project here at Curbly.  Whether that's building your own from scratch or simply giving that old shade a makeover, we love lamps.  This particular project, though, is hands down the easiest one we've ever seen!  If you can tie a knot, you can make this (feathers… Continue Reading

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If You Can't Beat 'Em, Embrace 'Em: How to Decorate Unsightly Cables and Wires

By: Miki40 Nov 22, 2011

created at: 11/22/2011

Ah...the wireless era! We're almost there, really, but it's taking too long. Why does the back of my desk have to look like an initiation test for a bomb squad?

Is this a gender issue? I mean, do guys find this photo appealing? Even Attractive? (Ed. - absolutely not.

Why did a box filled with electrical cords in our recent garage sale yielded the highest profit in… Continue Reading

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Make This: A Luminous Faceted Pendant Light

By: Kellyb Oct 13, 2011

created at: 10/12/2011

Remember those folded up fortune-tellers from your elementary school days? Some kids called them cootie-catchers, but I never really understood the method behind the madness with that one. But I digress, because paper folding prowess was not in… Continue Reading

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How To: Make a Drum Light, Literally

By: Craftmel Sep 27, 2011

created at: 09/22/2011

When Lindsay says she has a drum shade in her house, I'm sure most of us would picture the regular drum shades, round and generally unexciting.  But what she had envisioned and brought to fruition was something a little more literal.… Continue Reading

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How To: Make Your Own Wire Orb Light!

By: Capreek Sep 26, 2011

created at: 09/25/2011

The Random Light by Moooi has inspired many a DIY variation (including this cool hemp version), but this is the first time I've seen the aesthetic translated into wire--and I love it!  It's a perfect statement piece for just about any style interior from contemporary to farmhouse, eclectic to modern.  Of course, the best part is you can make it… Continue Reading

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DIY Idea: Make a Colorful Two-Toned Lamp Shade!

By: Capreek Sep 22, 2011

created at: 09/22/2011

If you're looking for an affordable way to spruce up your decor or add a playful pop of color, you're in luck!  We've just found the perfect DIY solution for you.  Read… Continue Reading

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How to Make a Bentwood Sconce

By: Diy maven Sep 20, 2011

created at: 09/20/2011

The supplies to make this gorgeous bentwood wall sconce can be found in any big box store, but it does require a bit of electrical know-how. Namely,… Continue Reading

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How to: Make a Beautiful Faux Capiz Chandelier

By: Craftmel Sep 14, 2011

created at: 09/13/2011

I am not ashamed to admit that I let out an audible gasp when I saw this knock-off chandelier project.  It is gorgeous!  And at over $200 less than its original inspiration, I'd call that a knock-out… Continue Reading

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Make It: DIY Accordion-Style Sconces!

By: Capreek Sep 12, 2011

created at: 09/11/2011

If you're looking to jazz up your bedside lighting situation, look no further!  This DIY accordion-style sconce is your ticket to illuminating late-night reading in… Continue Reading

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DIY Punched Brass Pendant Light

By: Kellyb Sep 09, 2011

created at: 09/04/2011

Ever see a DIY project and think THERE IS NO WAY because it's just so brilliant and so good that you can hardly believe it? That was this punched brass pendant light for… Continue Reading

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Make It: A Colorful DIY Ruffle Pendant Light - For Cheap!

By: Capreek Sep 08, 2011

created at: 09/06/2011

Colors, glorious colors, oh how I love you!  I especially love when you show up in unexpected places and blow my mind with your brilliance.  Because seriously, what you're doing for this DIY pendant light is OUT. OF. CONTROL.… Continue Reading

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How To: Make Your Own Solar-Powered "Sun Jars"!

By: Capreek Sep 05, 2011

created at: 09/04/2011

We've shared quite a few mason jar projects here on Curbly (did you see our roundup of 15 awesome uses for mason jars?) and we've even highlighted a purchasable sun jar, too.  Of course, it couldn't be too long before we found a DIYable version, right?  Well, at least not if the industrious people of the Internet have their way.  So, if you haven't yet exhausted your supply of jars from all those other rad projects and are looking for a fun, eco-friendly lighting solution, read… Continue Reading

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Back to School: Colorful Essentials for Happy Dorm Living!

By: Capreek Aug 24, 2011

created at: 08/24/2011

It's back to school season and for many starting or returning to college, a white cinder block room awaits.  Hooray for student housing!  Balancing school, jobs, and a social life is difficult enough, so we're making sure your home away from home is as non-depressing as possible.  We've rounded up a few of our favorite colorful essentials to make dorm life happy on the inside - and friendly on your student budget!… Continue Reading

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Playing Card Pendant Light

By: Craftmel Aug 23, 2011

created at: 08/22/2011

When you thought you have seen them all, another pendant light takes the spotlight.  This one, made of playing cards, really ups the ante when it comes to DIY… Continue Reading

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Chandy Candy: Amazing Chandelier Makeover

By: Craftmel Jul 27, 2011

created at: 07/27/2011

If I were to tell you that this builder-basic chandelier was really a diamond in the rough and you'd want it in every room of your house, would you believe me?  What if I told you the key to success was a few metal baskets?  See for… Continue Reading

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DIY Roundup: 10 Stylish, Budget-Friendly Lights to Make This Weekend!

By: Capreek Jul 21, 2011

created at: 07/21/2011

Well, you probably can't make all ten this weekend (if you somehow manage to actually accomplish that feat, well, let's say I owe you a lollipop).  But, if you're itchin' for a new light fixture that's both stylish and easy on the wallet, here are ten separate weekend projects for your consideration!  (Pick and choose, people.  We don't want anyone getting… Continue Reading

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Make It: An Easy DIY Crisscross Ribbon Lampshade!

By: Capreek Jul 12, 2011
Images removed at the request of MidwestLiving. Sorry, everyone!

Last week, we showed you how to give a thrift store lamp base a quick and easy update but what if it's not the base that needs help?  If you have a lamp with a shade that's seen better days consider treating it to this easy no-sew… Continue Reading

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Give a Thrift Store Lamp a DIY Decorative Spirally Update

By: Kellyb Jul 08, 2011
Images removed at the request of Better Homes and Gardens. Sorry, everyone!

It's no secret that we all have pieces in our homes that we once loved and now are just tired of looking at. Maybe they're tucked away in a closet because we feel guilty about tossing them just yet, or they're still out because you've yet to buy a replacement piece, or maybe they're in the Goodwill pile in your guest room (Guilty.). But sometimes all it takes is a glimmer of potential to renew your love of something. Like, oh, say maybe a plain ceramic… Continue Reading

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Stumped? Log Some Inspiration With These DIY Lights!

By: Capreek Jun 30, 2011

created at: 06/29/2011

Oh snap!  Looks like we've got stumps on the brain.  Stump stools, stump tables, and now stump lights!  If you're ready and willing to embrace the stump craze, we have not one but two DIY lighting projects for your… Continue Reading

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