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Make a Macrame Wrapped Wall Light in Less than an Hour

by Holly Wade

Make a Macrame Wrapped Wall Light in Less than an Hour

I've been practicing macrame a lot recently and even though I'm still a beginner, I love creating unique projects with this basic twisted macrame pattern (as you may have seen in my DIY twisted macrame keychains earlier this week). Because I have a love for Edison light bulbs, I'd planned to create my own dangling wall light in our living room for months, and this simple macrame wrapped wall light DIY was the perfect solution.

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What I Learned About Interior Design from Living with a Video Game Designer

by Rachel Jacks
What I learned about interior design from living with a video game designer
Photo: Chris Liverani

My husband designs video games for a living, and over the years, I've realized that video game design and interior design actually have a surprising amount of overlap. Room designers and game designers are both designing experiences for people to interact with, and though they may have very different end goals, some of the principles are the same.                 

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How To: Make Mud Cloth Paper Lanterns

by Marlene Sauer
DIY Mud Cloth Paper Lanterns
Photo: Marlene Sauer

 

There may still be snow on the ground in some places (I’m looking at you, Boston), but spring will be here before you know it. And that means -- patio season!

New England winters have trained me to take advantage of every available moment of spring and summer weather, so I am always looking for easy ways to make my tiny driveway patio cuter. That’s where these DIY Mud Cloth Paper Lanterns come in. They’re on-trend, inexpensive, and wicked easy. Keep reading to see how to make them for yourself!            

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11 Scandinavian Lighting Tricks to Add a Cozy Glow to Your Home

by Jesica Versichele

11 Scandinavian Lighting Tricks to Make Your Home Feel Cozy

Scandinavian designers have a distinctive way of lighting their interiors. This unique lighting method emphasizes a sense of warm coziness. They light interiors to create a pleasant atmosphere, not just to be able to see clearly. Light and shadow are equally important elements, as they contribute to a feeling of warmth and naturalness. By follow a few of these easy tips, you can recreate that cozy Scandinavian lighting effect in your own home.          

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How To: DIY Knock-Off Anthropologie Metalwork Hurricane

by Jennifer Farley

Anthropologie Metal Hurricane Knock Off

I have been loving brass metalwork hurricanes lately, especially the ones from Anthropologie. While trolling the lighting aisles of the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store the light bulb went off...the one in my head that is. I could use a brass and glass 1980s light fixtures to make a brass hurricane. Here is how I made my knock off metal work hurricane.   

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Roundup: 20 Amazing DIY Outdoor Wedding Ideas

by Brittni Mehlhoff

20 outdoor wedding ideas

It's no secret that we all love DIY around here, especially when it comes to home improvements and decor. But there are plenty of other categories to cover when it comes to how-to projects. So today I'll be focusing on a realm that we haven't delved much into before: weddings. This roundup of DIY outdoor wedding ideas covers everything from outdoor lighting projects and unusual centerpieces to thoughtfully handmade photo booth backdrops and DIY ceremony arches. There's even a driftwood candelabra.   

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How To: Turn an Outdoor Light Fixture Into an Indoor Industrial Modern Wall Sconce

by Lidy Dipert

How To: Turn an Outdoor Light Fixture Into an Indoor Industrial Modern Wall Sconce

A few months ago, as we began our kitchen makeover, we were thinking about what kind of lighting we would like to put into our revamped space. So, we purchased a couple new pendant lights to replace the builder-grade fixtures that were up on our ceilings.

But we really wanted to do something fresh and handmade, something customized to the space with serious style. Then, we ended up finding an ordinary outdoor light fixture at a rummage...

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Make It: DIY Wooden Edison Bulb Table Lamp

by Jennifer Farley

 

DIY Edison Bulb Table Lamp

 

Edison bulb table lamps are minimal and unique. They can be the perfect light for a side table, bedside table, or book shelf. Using basic woodworking skills and electrical installation, this wood-block version of the edison bulb table lamp is simple to make.    Here is what you need...

Materials

 

  • 2 ft 1X6 board 
  •  drill
  • 1 1/2 spade bit (pictured)
  • 5/8 spade bit (not pictured)
  • Drill Bit (big enough to drill hole for lamp pipe)
  • Loctite Adhesive (you could use wood glue)
  • Porcelain Lamp Socket (I got mine here)
  • lamp cord ( I took mine from an old lamp but you could get yours at Amazon)
  • Threaded lamp pipe (two pictured but I only needed one) I purchased multiple sizes at Lowes. The length depends on size of block.
  • Rubber feet (small rubber furniture pads) (3-4)
  • Screw Driver (small phillips for installing light fixture)
  • Miter Saw
  • Sander or Sand paper
  • Wood Clamps
  • Hot glue or Super Glue (unless your furniture pads have adhesive)
  • Stain or paint (optional) I didn't use this

Materials needed for Edison Bulb Table Lamp

 

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To make four square boards from your 1X6 board, measure and mark your board every 6 inches. 

 

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Cut your board into four 6 inch squares.

 

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Glue the four pieces together and clamp. Let your wood block dry. If your wood pieces don't line up on one side this is okay. You can easily fix this with your miter saw.

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After using the miter saw to clean up uneven sides (if needed), use a ruler to make marks on the corner. This does not need to be symmetrical or perfect. I just drew the lines at random.

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Set your miter saw at an angle, put your safety goggles on and cut your block. Any angle will do. I started with a 15 degree angle but I used different angles for each cut.

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Flip your block over and repeat step four and five. Again, I used different degrees of angles.

 

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The left photo is what my block looked like after cutting. The next step is to sand your block nice and smooth. ( I sanded after I drilled the hole but I wish I would have done it before because it made my drilled holes a little off center.)

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DIY Edison Bulb Table Lamp

 

Next, drill a hole to sink the porcelain lamp socket into the block. I used a 1 1/2 inch bit. I wanted the white socket to stick out of the top of the block a little. I measured, drilled and placed the socket in place. If I didn't like it I would drill a little more.

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I realized the bottom of the porcelain light socket had a screw to hold the threaded cord secure. I also realized the part you screw the lamp socket into was a little bigger than the lamp pipe. (see this picture for reference).

DIY Edison Bulb Table Lamp
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I realized all this mid process. Because of this, I needed to drill a 5/8 inch hole so the bottom part of the porcelain lamp socket could sit flush. I drilled and checked until I had drilled enough that the socket sat secure.

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The next step is to drill a hole for the threaded lamp pipe to fit all the way through the block.

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Here is the block after drilling the three holes.

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Take apart your porcelain socket. (The above picture shows the back side and front side of socket)

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Before you install your lamp cord to your socket you need to first slide your the following things, in order, over your cord.(Sorry, this is not pictured)

  • locking nut
  • woodblock (from the bottom to the top and locking nut is underneath)
  • threaded lamp pipe
  • metal bottom part of the porcelain socket
  • Insulation piece of porcelain socket (goes between installed socket and bottom part)

If your plug is installed at the end of your lamp cord, you have to screw everything on before you attach the lamp cord to the socket. You are basically putting on everything backwards. If this does not make sense read thru the next steps to see how it all fits together and them come back and do step 12.

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DIY Edison Bulb Table Lamp

 

 

Install the lamp cord to the bottom of the lamp socket. Read the instructions that come with your kit. [Right Photo]

Tip: The ribbed cord is the white (neutral) and the smooth cord is the black (hot). Most lamp sockets require the white (neutral) cord to attach to the silver screw and the black (hot) to the gold screw. Read your instructions to make sure.

Slide the isulation layer and the bottom part of your socket up your lamp cord and re-attach. (Mine re-attached with screws from the inside)

Screw in the lamp pipe to the bottom of your lamp socket and tighthen the screw to lock it. (Note: because of step 12 the cord is already threaded through as you attach it all together)

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Pull the cord from the bottom and pull the lamp pipe and cord all the way through.

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Screw the locking nut on the bottom of the threaded lamp pipe to secure the cord.

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Use the hot glue to attach rubber feet to the bottom of your block. This is so the cord can fit neatly underneath the block while it sits flush.

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Screw in a light bulb and you are done!

 

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DIY Edison Bulb Table Lamp

 

DIY Edison Bulb Table Lamp

 

DIY Edison Bulb Table Lamp

 

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Interested in learning more about lighting DIY projects? Check out some more project ideas here and here

 

 

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11 DIY Outdoor Mood Lighting Projects

by Brittni Mehlhoff

11 DIY Outdoor Mood Lighting Projects

This season feels made for hosting outdoor dinner parties and relaxing under the trees of your own backyard, especially once the sun goes down. And one of the first things I think about when it comes to outdoor entertaining is mood lighting. Why? Well, there aren't a lot of bell and whistle decorations needed for the great outdoors. A few well placed lights and great food is all you need. So here are 11 DIY ideas for outdoor lighting, that will bring ambience to your backyard with ease.   

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Test Lab: The Cree LED Bulb - In Action

by Bruno Bornsztein

Test Lab: The Cree LED Bulb - In Action

This week we're running a great giveaway with Cree (click here to find out how to win 10 Cree LED Bulbs and a $250 Home Depot gift card), so I got a chance to try out their new bulbs. If you haven't been following along with the development of energy efficient lighting technology, it's safe to say things have changed a lot in the last five years. 
CREE LED bulb test
You now have real, affordable, decent-looking options for energy efficient bulbs, and Cree is one of the best. Read on to find out why.

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Curbly Giveaway: Win a $250 Home Depot Gift Card and 10 Cree LED Light Bulbs

by Bruno Bornsztein

Curbly Giveaway: Win a $250 Home Depot Gift Card and 10 Cree LED Light Bulbs
Here's a bright idea: an energy-efficient light bulb that costs less than $10, looks just like your old incandescents, and lasts for 25,000 hours. No flicker (like CFLs), instant-on (unlike some other LEDs), dimmable, and produces and a warm, omni-directional light. The new Cree LED bulb does all that, and uses way less energy than a standard bulb. This week, we're teaming up with Cree to giveaway 10 of their new energy-efficient bulbs, and throwing in a $250 Home Depot gift card as well! Read on to find out how to win!

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