Make a Cocktail Umbrella Lamp

by DIY Maven

Make a Cocktail Umbrella Lamp

I came across Heather Wells and her Cocktail Umbrella Lamps about a year ago and fell immediately in love. So you can imagine how excited when I saw Heather actually showing us how we can make our very own!

What you need:

  • pre-made cylinder lamp with modified base and self-adhesive shade
  • cocktail umbrellas with tips that have been dipped in glow in the dark paint
  • clear glue
  • sharp little scissors
  • spray lacquer
  • heat retardant spray
  • wire...

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Craft a Lamp from Traffic Cones.

by Chris Gardner

Craft a Lamp from Traffic Cones.

"If you're looking for a cheap mood lighting— and you really love orange— then you're only a few traffic cones away from all the modernist day-glo orange ambiance you can handle." With just a few zip ties, six mini plastic cones, and a $2.00 Ikea lamp kit, Henrique from Let's Evo built this atomic lamp. The process was so simple, that his included how-to doesn't even need words....it's just a few easy photos.

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A New Twist on the Recycled Jewel Case Lamp.

by Chris Gardner

Over the past two years, Curbly has featured plenty of clever reuses for CD Jewel Cases: from a mini-greenhouse to a calendar or wall art (and 13 other ideas).

A New Twist on the Recycled Jewel Case Lamp.

And certainly, if you've been about the DIY blogosphere at all, you've run into a fair share of how-tos for creating lamps out of jewel cases, or even used CDs themselves. So, here's another simple and beautiful entry from Make Grow Gather.

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Driftwood/Twig Lamp

by Lilybee

Pottery barn has this gorgeous Driftwood Lamp $529.99 on sale (it's down from $799.) but that is still rather a heap o'cash.

 

created on: 10/15/08

If you've got some time (about two months) to fully dry out your materiel's you could attempt your own version with twigs...

created on: 10/15/08

or even driftwood if you're lucky enough to be near a large body of water. BHG has a how-to to help you along

You'll need:

  • 15-20 twigs (bundle with twine to keep them relatively straight...

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Clothes Pin Lamp

by Lilybee

Over a Readymade they have instructions for this interesting lamp. It might be equally at home over at weebabystuff as it's creator was inspired by the idea of diapers hanging out to dry. He says that it casts baby-soothing shadows in his little girl's nursery.

created on: 09/28/08

To make it you'll need:

  • Medium-size wire tomato cage
  • Small roll of 16-gauge wire
  • Ceramic socket
  • Hose clamp
  • 3 3/4” zinc plated D-rings
  • Electrical cord (preferably clear) with...

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Coin Operated Lamp

by DIY Maven

Coin Operated Lamp
Jethro Macey's Coin Lamp turns on with a coin-operated switch. It was designed 'based on the concept of values and reward' (aka: pay as you go) by subtly heightening 'awareness of consumption.' According to Macey's website, Coin Lamp will be available to the public soon. To express your interest, sign up to Macey's newsletter. Via.

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How To: Quick, Easy, and Temporary Garden Lights.

by Chris Gardner

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Solar garden light kits are cool, but can be pricey, permanent, and are just begging to be run over with the lawnmower. So, here's a sweet DIY alternative: "make your own ultra-low cost temporary garden lights using LEDs, lithium coin cells, and mason jars."

Materials

  • Lithium coin cell batteries
  • Ultrabright LEDs with diffused lens
  • Mason jars and lids
  • Tape

Simply attached the LEDs to the batteries, and tape into place. Tape the whole...

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How To: Quick, Easy, and Temporary Garden Lights.

by Chris Gardner

lanterns - 11

Solar garden light kits are cool, but can be pricey, permanent, and are just begging to be run over with the lawnmower. So, here's a sweet DIY alternative: "make your own ultra-low cost temporary garden lights using LEDs, lithium coin cells, and mason jars."

Materials

  • Lithium coin cell batteries
  • Ultrabright LEDs with diffused lens
  • Mason jars and lids
  • Tape

Simply attached the LEDs to the batteries, and tape into place. Tape the whole...

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Make a Little Birdhouse (Lamp) in Your Soul....

by Lilybee

Ahhhh *nostalgic sigh*, They Might Be Giants.

Avians seem to be a theme with me this week. Inke Heiland, the dutch designer whose wallpaper birds I just posted about, is also the creator of this bird house lamp.

created on: 08/05/08

It's very cute and would look good in a small persons room or a hallway but $325 is a lot of money for 'quirky'. I figure it has to be DIY-able with say, a MYO Birdhouse Kit ($12.95) and the Hemma cord set ($3.99)  from Ikea.  Or...

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How to turn a plastic jug into a modern pendant lamp.

by DIY Maven

How to turn a plastic jug into a modern pendant lamp.


RePlayGround was inspired by a lamp project in the January ‘07 issue of ReadyMade and came up with this eco-friendly alternative. The ReadyMade version uses paperwood whereas this clever option uses a 1-gallon plastic jug of the vinegar or windshield washer fluid variety. Other ingredients you’ll need include:

  • 2 pairs of chopsticks (leftover from take-out night)
  • fishing line
  • 8 #47 O-rings or small black rubberbands
  • a hanging lamp, like...

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Goodwill Hunting: Ten DIY Recyclables You Should Never Pass Up

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 07/11/08

The thrill of the hunt quickly goes south when you realize the plaid Herculon sofa you snagged for $15.99 will set you back at least $500.00 to reupholster, not including the twenty some yards of fabric you have to buy.  Impulsiveness is part of the buzz, but if you're a thrift shopper who is seriously shopping for recyclable materials, you need a plan.  You'll save time as well as money if you know what you're looking for, within general...

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Smart Lamp....

by Lilybee

Smart Lamp....
It's called Smart (Actually it's got those dot thingys over the 'A' but I don't know how to do them on my computer) and it is...

I Found this fellow whilst perusing Ikea for a desk lamp. I was astounded. It doesn't look like a 20 Dollar lamp. It looks well, designery. It comes in various different patterns and it's mouth blown, and awesome.

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Make A Light Show Lamp

by Lilybee

Make A Light Show Lamp

So. It's not exactly a Kanye style light show, but it does throw pretty patterns onto the wall and ceiling and it's dead easy to make.

I used

These just happened to be the most uh, 'cost effective' shade and base that Ikea had, but I'm pretty sure this would work with whatever you happen to have around.

  • craft paper or wrapping paper
  • a craft knife
  • scissors
  • a bit o'...

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Another Recycled Plastic Bottle Lamp.

by Chris Gardner

The Howell sisters of THIS Gallery have created a unique entry into the drinkware/light category: THIS LIGHT is created from 50ish plastic beverage bottles, hardened with a fusion process that makes the lamp more durable and look, well, less like a buncha plastic beverage bottles. And if you send them three cases of plastic bottles, they'll knock a hundo off the price tag.

Another Recycled Plastic Bottle Lamp.

From Inhabitat.

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