23 DIY Switch Plate and Outlet Cover Tutorials.

by Chris Gardner

23 DIY Switch Plate and Outlet Cover Tutorials.

White walls and off white lightswitch covers...blech. Here's a quick and inexpensive way to overcome the blandness of home center materials, and a perfect way to customize a rental or other tough to personalize space.

From Red Thread DIY "Switch plates! [We] wanted all of our switch plates to match, so we literally unscrewed all of the old switch plates and installed brand new ones. I was about to throw away the old ones because I thought...

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How to: Photograph Holiday Light Displays

by Chris Gardner

On Friday, I'm headed to the infamous Dyker Heights Light Display in Brooklyn, and will be taking my new Nikon D90 in tow.

But, no matter how carried away these holidaysters get - one Clark Griswold-disciple reportedly pays more than $5,000 in electricity each season - there's still a whole lotta black, and very little light, making for some tough shutterbugging.

How to: Photograph Holiday Light Displays

Thankfully, plenty of master photographers have already thought through the...

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DIY: Wine Bottle Light.

by Chris Gardner

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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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Holiday How-To: Christmas Light Boxes.

by Chris Gardner

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With a computer, a cardboard box, a clear surface, and a set of string lights, you can make a light box to illuminate your cozy holiday evenings with some peace and good will.

Instructable-r CreativeMan says "Having made some of these earlier, I decided to add a few more for the Christmas season.  These light boxes, or signs are easy to make, very low cost (the only thing I have to buy is the lights).  Lights used are mini-incandescent lamps...

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Perforated Moonstruck Light

by DIY Maven

 

 

Perforated Moonstruck Light

If I had a Moonstruck light in my possession, I would cradle it in my arms and whisper sweet nothings in its perforations. The patterns in the handcrafted, porcelain, 9" in diameter 'light objects' are made without the aid of stencils, so each creation is unique.

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Ten Things You Can Do (Right Now!) to Brighten Your Home.

by Chris Gardner

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Regardless of your interior style, you've gots to be good to show off your gear...and that means brighten it up. And with the days getting shorter, you gotta do your best to keep your space light and airy. Erin says: "As the evenings are turning darker earlier here in the Midwest, I'm craving every last bit of sunlight I can muster up. I suppose I have two options: Hop a flight to California and bask in the bright, sunny rays... or I can make...

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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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The DIY Light Table.

by Chris Gardner

Viewing slides, tracing artwork, exposing photo emulsion for screenprinting, as a background for photography special effects...I can think of myriad reasons one could use a light table. And, with these instructions from DIYPhotography, it's a totally reasonable weekend project.

The DIY Photography Light Table - A Weekend Project

"The idea behind the light table is simple. Things look really great if the light is passing through them. As opposed to light being reflected off them. This is why...

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Sun Beam Bed

by DIY Maven

Sun Beam Bed

Lago's Beam is a platform bed that is also a light source. Its sunburst construction is the secret to it being able to radiate light throughout the room, making the bed seem to rise as does the sun.

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DIY Illuminated Canvas = Art/Lighting

by DIY Maven

 

DIY Illuminated Canvas = Art/Lighting

A while back Kate decided to make a night light using lightweight canvas fabric. The results are an illuminated one-of-a-kind art piece. Your design options are limitless, making it work with any interior and in any room. It could also make for a great shop sign! The following is what Kate assembled to make hers:

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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
  • ...

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DIY Thread LED Tea Light Cover.

by Chris Gardner

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From Mrs. Green Tea:"I was messing around with different materials trying to dress up a little LED tealight, and this is one of the versions I ended up liking (plus it’s dirt cheap since it’s just thread!). I love me some textures. This may be useful for those with wedding venues that don’t allow real flames." I'm thinking this thread+fabric stiffener combo might turn out all sorts of charmful things. Via.

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Dandelion Light Sculpture

by DIY Maven

Dandelion Light Sculpture

Lonneke Gordijn's 'Fragile Future' is subtitled 'electronics and dandelions', which is the perfect description for this marriage of technology and nature. Made of a collection of LED's, phosphorous bronze and dandelion seeds, the light sculpture has a fanciful steampunk-y quality about it. If it wasn't fabulous enough, the piece automatically shuts off--sort of like a defense mechanism--when people come too close to it. Via.

 

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Book Shelf + Reading Lamp + Book Mark

by DIY Maven

Book Shelf + Reading Lamp + Book Mark

The seriously cool Lili Lite from Studio Smeets Design is a reading light, bookmark and bookshelf all in one. To turn off the light, you must put your book over the 'bookmark' as shown in the picture to engage a sensor. When you lift the book off, the light will come back on again. Available at lili lite for 99 euro, but--you know what I'm thinkin'--something similar would be DIYable, sensor and all. The only tricky bit would be to find a...

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