Ugly Lamp Upgrade

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

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Finally, here's a way to reuse those ugly, shiny ceramic lamps from the thrift store. See how Erin of Lemon Tree Creations cleverly upcycled these two ugly dogs into two sweet nursery lamps with raffia and spray paint.  The design is modern and grown up enough to use in any room of the house.

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DIY: Wine Bottle Light.

by Chris Gardner

wine bottle light

With string lights readily available everywhere from 6-week only holiday emporiums to the corner gas station, grab a few to create this deceptively simple but elegant wine bottle light. The trick lies in the technology - a 1/2" drill bit made for drilling into glass, and, of course, the proper safety gear, just in case.

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Make a Balloon-Boy Lamp

by DIY Maven

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Several years ago, PID was selling something called the 'World View Lamp'. It consisted of a mylar balloon filled with helium with a light source tethered to its bottom. You could reel out the cord from which the light was attached to make a high light or reel it up to make a low light. PID doesn't seem to be offering the lamp anymore, but because of recent events, they probably should. Although, at $800 a pop, you might just want to make your...

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1/4-Sliced Lamp...I think I hate this.

by Chris Gardner

It's chopped in fourths, meant to stand in a corner (quite like this guy), and completely blends into its context.

stand lights2 Corner Lamp by Korean Designer Ji Young Shon

From Korean designer Ji Young Shon's website:

Why is lamp shade cylinder? Why do we put stand light at the corner?
Eliminate space eater but keep lighting more than before.
I add wit on this design by just chopping into 4 pieces of lamps from conventional stand lamp design.
And now we save material, package, logistics and space as
...

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How to Turn Plastic Bags into a Table Lamp

by DIY Maven

How to Turn Plastic Bags into a Table Lamp

Urban Threads actually turned plastic Target bags into a lamp. I still can't quite believe it even after reading the tute! 

First they fuse the bags. To do that, you'll need the following:

  • parchment paper
  • a scissor
  • an iron 
  • leftover plastic bags

To make the lamp's structure, you'll need this stuff:

  • 6 thin square dowels, about 1/4" thick
  • a small wood saw
  • wood glue
  • binder clips
  • X-acto knife, ruler and pencil
  • You'll need some sort of light source. UT used a battery-operated, stick-up bulb, but they also suggest a lamp kit--with an energy efficient bulb, of course--or a flameless LED candle.

Urban Threads likes to add thread to their projects, so to do that to this lamp you'll need a few more things. They include:

To see how it's all put together, head on over to Urban Threads.

I can't decide if I like the Target bulls-eyes or not. You?

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DIY Stone Tile Lamp

by DIY Maven

DIY Stone Tile Lamp

Instructable-er ChrisN balked at those expensive marble lamps and decided to go the DIY route. The materials, not counting the adhesive cost only $13, which is a far cry from its $120 inspiration. To give one a go yourself, you'll need....

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How to Turn a CD Spindle into a Light

by DIY Maven

How to Turn a CD Spindle into a Light

Kayte over on Craftstylish went all MacGyver-y and turned a CD spindle into a decorative light. This one involves electricity, so care should be taken, but other than that....easy peasy! To make one of your own, you'll need to assemble the following:

  • an empty CD spindle
  • a small handsaw
  • 6 feet of electrical cord
  • wire strippers or a small sharp scissors
  • a plug
  • a socket
  • a rotary light switch
  • a screwdriver
  • electrical tape
  • a chandelier-type bulb
  • transparency paper
  • a printer
  • an X-Acto knife and cutting mat
  • spray adhesive
  • and tissue paper

To see the entire process, follow this jump to Craftstylish.

Photo by Kayte Terry.

 

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2 in 1 Lamp & Indoor Garden

by DIY Maven

2 in 1 Lamp & Indoor Garden

Have you seen those AreoGarden deals? They're usually displayed in stores with plastic 'herbs' growing in them, which only highlights the less than aesthetically pleasing design of the contraption itself. Studio Shulab has come up with a 2 in 1 alternative that actually looks good.

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