House and Home Online TV has a great new episode posted that includes among other things, Kathryn Bala's tutorial showing us how to make pendant lamps using cotton yarn or ribbon (the green one) and beach balls/balloons (I particularly like the ribbon option,
They don't look it, but these beautiful lamps from Alex Kovatchev really did start their lives as washing machine drums. The perforated, stainless steel
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.
I've fallen a little bit in love with TAF's Wood Lamp. Made of pine, the lamp achieves articulation via wing nuts. So, this is my question, is it diyable? I'm leaning toward the affirmative.
Baita Design's UFO Lamp uses magnetism to make a bit of extraterrestrial magic. 'Off' it rests above its cradle. 'On' it elevates, does a backflip and hovers in the air.
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.
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...
This cute little flower lamp, new from Fred & Friends, can be clipped anywhere you want to bloom a little light. It comes in tickled pink, vibrant green and classic ivory, each with a 40 watt chandelier bulb pistil.
It's chopped in fourths, meant to stand in a corner (quite like this guy), and completely blends into its context.
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...
Yes; it's a lamp made out of gears. The base of it is a small-block Chevrolet piston. The rest of it came from a transmission. Probably from the same Chevy? I dunno. I can't decide if it's
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:
- embroidery thread
- an embroidery design (you can download UT's for a buck)
- embroidery needle
- pen and tape
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?
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....
Mercy, how I do enjoy this lamp. Made of stuff procured from the Dollar Store, it cost a measly 5 bucks to complete. Here's your shopping list:
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.
As if by synchronicity, two back-to-back Instructables offer how-tos for creating large scale chandeliers using natural elements.
The first, The Castaway, employs vines and twigs and lamp/cord kit for a more controlled look:
The second tutorial utilizes a tumbleweed and string lights for a bit more craziness.
A clever, yogurt-eating craftster assembled empty yogurt cups via tiny rings and attached them to a lampshade to come up with this yogurt lamp.
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.
Check this out...Sue took an old and fabulous decanter and turned it into a new and fabulous table lamp. To make one yourself, you'll need a decanter, a lighting kit, a shade and a 2" dowel. You'll also want to scrounge up a wood chisel and a sander too.
photos by Rob Edwards
Having created many a flopped DIY furniture projects, I'm intrigued with this wood veneer, acrylic and light strip lamp made by Rob Edwards. Honestly, I'd be proud to give this as a house warming gift if it looked this good.