Lighting has to be one of our all-time favorite topics — we’ve recently held crafting events in honor of lighting, picked out our favorite chandeliers in homes and even delved into the history of chandeliers. You might call it a little obsessive. But if you’re a renter, updating lighting — whether an overhead fixture or ambient lighting — is an easy way to make a dramatic change. Grace has been thinking about what kind of lighting to put in her new apartment, so I thought I’d go through our DIY files and pull out the best of our lighting projects. — Amy A.
Image above: All you need is wax paper, ribbon and a hanging-planter basket and you have a capiz-shell chandelier from Brenna’s paper capiz-shell chandelier project.
Image above: You could scour flea markets for a vintage version or just DIY your own cork lamp.
Image above: Filament light pendants
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Image above: Planter turned pendant lamp
Image above: Framed industrial lights
Image above: Lindsay Adelman’s industrial-style chandelier
Image above: Need a way to use your mason jar collection? These mason jar lights are one of my favorite lighting projects!
Image above: Knitted lampshade
Image above: Simple Ikea hack for sculptural pendant lamps
Image above: A simple update to a decorative light switch cover
Image above: Twinkle blackboard
Image above: Similar concept as the blackboard lights above but with a piece of wood (DIY twinkle panel).
Image above: Pendant lamp from a planter
Image above: Wood veneer lampshade
Image above: Update a box storage lamp with decoupage.