There’s something really satisfying about creating a useful object with your own two hands, especially if you make it with recycled materials. If helping the environment and making crafty and creative items appeals to you, here are some excellent DIY ideas for light fixtures like desk lamps or chandeliers that will literally brighten your day.
DIY home improvement projects that also use recycled materials are becoming more and more popular with people all over the world because they give us a tangible, real way to make a small difference in our waste imprint as a species. Granted, not all of these ideas are truly recycling-oriented, but they can still save you a heck of a lot of money. If you’re good with your hands in any way, there’s probably a project or two here that you could try out at home. And if not – check out our other DIY recycling post for more ideas! Only a few of the projects on this list require special or unusual tools.
There are tons of DIY light fixture projects out there to choose from if you’re interested – these are just some of our favorites. Light fixtures are a great way to get started with DIY projects because they are absolutely beautiful and make a very noticeable impact in your home – they’re highly visible and very beautiful, if they are compatible with your home decor. Once you make a beautiful chandelier out of leftover plastic bottles or spoons, using potential waste in other creative ways won’t seem so far-fetched.
The possibilities are endless!
1. DIY Recycled TetraBox Lamp
2. Plastic Spoon Lamp
3. Hanger Lights
4. Gummy Bear Chandelier
Designed by Kevin Champeny (NOTE: These are acrylic gummy bears. Don’t use real ones or they might melt!)
5. Chandeliers That Turn A Room Into A Forest
6. Drum Chandelier
7. Old Bike Parts Turned Into A Chandelier
8. Carved African Gourd (Calabash) Lamps
9. Hat Lamps
10. Paper Orb Lights
11. Grater Lights
12. Doily Lamp
13. Silverware Lights
14. Cloud Night Lights
15. Globe Lights
16. Cup Lights
17. DIY Yarn Lampshade
18. Pop Top Lampshade
19. Paper Starburst Pendant Light
20. Wine Bottle Lights
21. Plastic Bottle Chandelier
Turn an old mason jar into a cool end table lamp.
Make a shabby-chic chandelier out of a hula hoop and some twinkle lights.
DIY some marquee letters to put yourself in the mood for love.
Get creative with some lampshades on a string.
Put together this cute nightlight.
Repurpose and spray paint children’s toys for the ultimate lamp stand.
DIY some light clouds – how cute would this look in a nursery?
Hang some old-fashioned bulbs from a piece of driftwood.
Turn your boring floor lamp into a stylized piece for your living room.
This is a great alternative to a normal table side or reading lamp.
Make a cute spotlight out of a tin can – these would be great to illuminate bookshelves.
Create the base of your lamp with stacked rocks.
Make your lamp look elegant with some doilies.
If you want to get creative, you can create these LED-lit lamps from sea urchins!
If your home has an earthy vibe, try putting together one of these tree branch lamps.