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

By: Capreek Dec 27, 2011

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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)!  Enjoy!   

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10. With some basic welding skills, this minimalist-style swing arm lamp could be yours!  See how here.

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9. This mod chandelier takes a little bit of patience but will set you back less than $10--totally worth getting all those little sticks positioned just-so.  See how here.

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8. Spruce up your walls with this bent wood sconce!  Building the base from 1x4s is the 'hardest' part of this simple lighting project.  See how here.

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7. These modern lamp shades are made entirely of folded paper.  Imagine all the possibilities!  See how here.

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6. Starting out with an affordable IKEA base is the trick to many a DIY project, including this customized DIY sputnik chandelier!  See how here.

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5. Faux Capiz, capiche?  This beauty is made from something almost everyone has in their kitchen!  See how here.

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4. 2011 was the year we lost our minds for all DIY projects spawned from branches, twigs, or tree stumps... including this tree stump table lamp!  See how here.

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3. This sleek outdoor fire pit can be made on the cheap and only requires some basic gluing skills!  See how here.

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2. While this oversized wire orb light may look complicated, it is far from it!  Anyone can make this, trust us.  See how here.

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1. And coming in at number one (so exciting, right?) are these DIY paper lanterns.  All you need is a circle punch and some double stick tape.  A cheap paper lantern forms the base for these indoor/outdoor statement lighting pieces!  See how here.

Check out more great DIY lighting project ideas right here and let us know what some of your faves are!

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