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

by Capree K

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

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 hurt.)  

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How to Make a DIY 'Bubble' Chandelier

by DIY Maven

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This project makes my imagination run wild. Think of all the see-through orb-like things you could string up! Perhaps a bunch of big, round incandescent light bulbs trussed up but not wired up. Or maybe even clear Christmas bulbs. Bottles might be a bit heavy, but they'd be an option. Can you think of anything alternatives? Other stuff

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My own glass planet.

by DIY Maven

My own glass planet.

Last week while perusing my local Pottery Barn, I spotted a reflective glass sphere in the holiday discount area. I picked it up and held it in my hands. The tag said it was mercury glass and there was a note inside that PB recommended inserting a strand of twinkle lights into the opening at the sphere's bottom. As I was gazing at the ball, one of the sales associates walked by, saying, "Oh! You're very lucky to have found that!" I nodded. Okay, sure, whatever.

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How To: Make a Tord Boontje-Inspired Garland Light (for $3.00 and in under 10 minutes)

by Chris Gardner

How To: Make a Tord Boontje-Inspired Garland Light (for $3.00 and in under 10 minutes)

Tord Boontje is a Dutch designer famous for his intricate, elegant cut designs, and one of Peaches' favorite artists. She says, "One of Boontje's best known commercial pieces in this beautiful Garland Light. If you have visited a museum gift shop in the last 4 years, you have probably seen one in person. They usually retail for around $100.00, which is surprisingly affordable considering all the awards its won, but still, I knew I could make one for less. Actually, $97 less."

That's right. She created this pendant lamp in no time, and for under $3.00.  

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How To: Make a Mod Chandelier (for under $10.00!)

by Chris Gardner

How To: Make a Mod Chandelier (for under $10.00!)

My friend and Curbly team member Capree has an amazing dining room, where she created this awesome hand painted branch wall. Her hard work is accented by her spectacular light fixture, which is a single bulb surrounded by thin metal rods that jut out at artfully random angles, the Twig Light by Fire Farm.

I loved it so much, I decided to take a stab at recreating it myself. And I did! I don't know how to weld, so I knew I couldn't make one...

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Hardware Store Decor: Toilet Plunger Lamp

by DIY Maven

Upcycled glowing Toilet plunger Lamp!

And here we thought plungers were only good for one thing! Cityup uses the ubiquitous toilet unclogger to make a modern and--dare I say?--stylish lamp. Cityup has identified the project as an 'up-cycled' one, but I'd probably opt for a new plunger if I were going to make it, because the idea of repurposing a previously-used plunger makes me gag.

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