Last week when I asked for your advice about which chandelier to choose for our dining room I was reminded of all the amazing DIY light projects out there. Is it just me or is there a ton of really talented people coming up with some great and fairly simple ideas for pendant lights these days? I thought it would be interesting and maybe even helpful to round up all of the DIY projects I have seen to date. I'm sure there will be a few that I miss so please add to the list with your comments.
Without further ado.....the DIY light roundup!
1. Lindsey Adelman You Make It Chandelier - If an original Lindsey Adelman is out of your reach, than you can attempt this beauty which comes with detailed instructions, a parts list, and step by step photos. It has been successfully made by quite a few bloggers out there but probably most famously by Morgan of The Brick House. How stunning does this light over the dining room table?
2. Jean Pelle Bubble Chandelier - This chandelier was originally featured in ReadyMade magazine. It is made from 12 hand blown glass balls and 3 clear globe bulbs. The cords are elegantly disguised behind woven cotton twine.
3. Bookhou's Woven Pendant Light - This beautiful woven lamp made out of strips of wood veneer comes to us from the very talented Arounna Khounnoraj of Bookhou. She came up with this DIY project for Poppytalk. There are detailed photographs and instructions that take you step by step through the project making it seem very doable . I think it would make a great addition to a kitchen or nursery.
4. Nordic Light Pendant from Pickles - Speaking of woven...take a look at this light. It is simply a crocheted "sweater" over a rice paper lamp. I say, simply, but honestly I couldn't crochet to save my life so this would actually be impossible for me to do.
5. Branch Chandelier - I first saw this branch chandelier in Living Etc. and immediately fell in love with its simple shape and organic lines. It is from the Moormann Berge Hotel in Denmark. It looks like it would be very easy to replicate. I can even imagine a few variations with more light bulbs or a cluster of branches. Has anyone given something like this a try?
6. John Giacomazzi’s Globe Light for Area San Francisco - This is an alternate take on the globe/bubble light. Detailed instructions including links on where to buy the supplies is provided over at Remodelista.
7. Ashley Ann's Basket Light - This is another DIY project I found through Poppytalk. Apparently, Ashley Ann was rocking her little baby to sleep when she suddenly realized that she could easily make the light she coveted from Anthropologie by using a basket and some spray paint. Detailed instructions are posted on her blog Under the Sycamore.
8. Susan and William Brinson Light - I spotted this light over at design*sponge when I was looking for ideas for our office. It is made up of 100 bulbs but only 10 are active. Many readers asked for instructions on how to make this stunning light fixture but by the sounds of it, it is quite complicated. If anyone, gives it a try let me know.
9. Janell Beals Chalkboard Light - I love that this DIY project that could be done in an afternoon. It uses a standard issue white light from Ikea and some chalkboard paint. Isn't this room that Janell created for her son Max fantastic?
10. Felted Ikea Light - Finally, Kate from design*sponge used the same Ikea light as above to create these whimsical light fixture. The felt was simply cut into the desired shapes and then hot glue gunned onto the surface.Well, there you have it, my first Friday roundup. Anybody thinking of attempting one of these soon?