63 Affordable DIY Lighting Projects
With the right lighting you can completely transform a room!
Unfortunately, lighting can be expensive but we’ve found 63 affordable DIY lighting projects that includes lamps, pendants, wall sconces, wall decor, and chandeliers. Each project is linked to an informative tutorial so that you can make your own lighting at an affordable price.
Get ready to create!
63 Affordable DIY Lighting Projects
1. Rustic Lantern Floor Lamp
This lamp would be perfect for your rustic or beach themed room. HGTV has a full tutorial here.
2. Glass Lamps for the Floor and Table
Crate & Barrel has a popular glass lamp they sale for $199. That’s a lot of money for a lamp but you can create your own for less than half that price and there’s a couple different tutorials to help guide you.
3. Vintage Tripod Lamp
If you have an old camera or telescope tripod you can turn it into a beautiful lamp! Dream Book Design has a complete tutorial here.
4. 2-Liter Coke Bottles and Duct Tape Lamp
What do you get when you combine a $19.99 floor lamp with 2-liter Coke bottles and duct tape? A beautiful lamp, of course! Katie shows you how to create it from start to finish on her blog, Matsutake.
5. West Elm Knockoff Lamp
West Elm is a popular home decor store because they stay ahead of the trends. You can too, just at a more affordable price with this lamp. Tiny Sidekick, a really neat home decor and design blog, provides in-depth instructions here.
6. Music Sheet Tripod Lamp
Have a musician in the family? I bet they can help you secure an old music sheet tripod that you can turn into an awesome lamp. The Painted Hive, a very cool home decor blog out of Australia has step-by-step instructions here.
7. Industrial Wall Sconces
8. Industrial Ceiling Light
9. Simple Wood Floor Lamp
Better Homes and Gardens always has great ideas! This simple wood floor lamp can be made with just a few basic supplies and tools. Get the instructions here.
10. Pool Noodle and Rope Floor Lamp Makeover
It’s amazing what you can get by combining a cheap floor lamp, a $1 pool noodle, and rope! The Lily Pad Cottage shares detailed steps here.
11. Christmas Ornaments Floor Lamp Makeover
All Things Thrifty is a great blog with, well, all kinds of thrifty decor ideas for your home! Here’s a floor lamp project that uses Christmas ornaments to makeover a standard floor lamp. Learn how to create this pretty and affordable lamp here.
12. Birdcage Chandelier
The talented lady behind All Things Thrifty is definitely one of the best thrifty DIY decorators I’ve seen. Her projects are beautiful and affordable! She takes an old birdcage and rope to create a beautiful chandelier for her home. Instructions here.
13. Geometric Paper Lamps
Instructables is one of my favorite websites – there’s an endless supply of DIY projects on every subject. This instructable just happens to show you how to create a beautiful light pendant with paper. Yes, paper! Click here for the instructions.
14. Decorative Bow Paper Pendant Lamp
The same guy behind the geometric paper pendants also released an instructable on how to create a decorative bow paper pendant. Here’s the instructions.
15. Crutches Floor Lamp
I think every household in America has crutches stored away somewhere (or at least knows someone that does). Why not give them a job and make them more useful? The bog Infarrantly Creative gives a step-by-step tutorial on how to create a floor lamp out of crutches here. It’s awesome!
16. Globe Light Pendants
17. Minimalism Dowel Lamp
Minimalism is a very popular design trend and perfect for small homes. This awesome table lamp is as minimalist as it gets! Get detailed DIY steps here.
18. Pipe and Bicycle Parts Desk Lamp
Pipes are a popular home decor material these days because it’s affordable, handsome to look at, and easy to find. This desk lamp made from pipe and old bicycle parts is nothing short of awesome. Learn how to build it here.
19. Doily Light
This doily light pendant would be perfect for the popular cottage style home decor. It’s labor intensive but none of the steps are difficult. Learn how to create it here. Another blogger created a similar design here.
20. Mason Jar 6 Light Edison Hanging Lamp
This DIY light would be great for the rustic decor that we all love! It looks complicated but it’s really not – the materials used are easy to find and affordable. Here’s how to create it.
21. Plastic Spoon Light Pendant
Who would’ve thought to take plastic spoons and create a gorgeous light pendant out of them? The people at The Chive did! Here’s their tutorial.
22. Recycled Cardboard Light Pendant
Cardboard is super simple to find and free. You can use just about any design you want but this minimal box design is super cool. Learn how to make it here.
23. Wood Veneer Light Pendant
This is such a cool light! All you need are strips of wood veneer (available at Lowe’s or Home Depot for less than $10) and a light kit. See all the steps here.
24. Cubed and Wooden Ceiling Light
Geometric designs can work in just about any space but it’s especially great for the retro/industrial style. This light is easy to create and makes a bold statement – I love it! Learn how to create it here.
25. Handmade Industrial Chandelier
This is one gorgeous light and it cost less than $300 to make (compared to thousands it would cost if you bought it out of a store). WOW! Learn how the talented homeowners created it here.
26. Soda Tab Light
Reduce, reuse, and recycle with style. This light pendant is made out of common soda tabs but is so very beautiful. Learn how to make it here.
27. Lighted Headboard
This is such a creative project that is perfect for a kids bedroom. All it takes is some wood, small Christmas lights, and a drill. Get the detailed instructions here.
28. Exhaust Fan DIY
Some people are so talented! If your space is screaming for a focal point this exhaust fan light could be just what it need. Details here.
29. Perforated Bowls / Globe Light
What do you get when you put 2 bowls together and add a bit of creativity? An awesome light! Learn how to make them here.
30. Ombre Light Pendant
Ombre is lovely regardless of what it is used on but it’s especially beautiful on a light. Learn how to take a simple glass globe and give it an ombre effect here.
31. Quilt Hoops Light
Quilt hoops? Really, quilt hoops? Yes, and it’s awesome! See the step-by-step process here and make your own!
32. Dodecahedron Pendant Light
If you have a patience and are comfortable with hand tools and geometry you can make this light pendant yourself. Here’s how.
33. Plexiglas Chandelier
This is a cute chandelier that would work great in a little girls room. Learn how to make it here.
34. Block of Wood Table Lamp
Here’s another minimalist lamp that you can make out of a block of wood. The steps are well documented here.
35. Vintage Toy Table Lamp
Toys are great to hand down to the next generation but why not turn them into something that can be used a little longer? This instructable gives you step-by-step instructions to create your own table lamp.
36. Vintage Camera Lamp
This would be a perfect addition to a photographer’s home! Learn how to turn a vintage camera into an awesome table lamp here.
37. Pottery Barn Inspired Light Made with Picture Frames
Who knew you could create a beautiful ceiling light out of picture frames? Learn how to make your own here.
38. Tree Branch Ceiling Light
This DIY ceiling light has a LOT of charm. Learn how to make it here.
39. Colander Light
40. Single Mason Jar Light Pendant
This is a great light for your kitchen made from a single mason jar. See the instructions here.
41. Tin Can Light Pendant
You can do a lot with a simple tin can. Learn how to create a tin can light pendant here.
42. Fabric Garland Chandelier
This is a great project for a cottage theme room. It’s affordable and easy to create too, here’s how.
43. Lighted Letters Wall Art
These lighted letters are perfect wall decor for a bedroom. Get the step-by-step directions here.
44. Simple Glass Vase Light Pendant
This is a simple project with a big impact. Learn how to use a simple glass vase and turn it into a cool light pendant here.
45. Rope Wrapped Light
This is a cute project that adds a nice rustic charm to your space. Learn how here.
46. Yarn Light Project
This is a cute lighting project that your whole family can help with. Learn the steps to create it here.
47. Wine Bottle Light Pendant
Reusing wine bottles and creating cool lighting pendants with them is a great DIY project. Learn more here.
48. Chicken Wire Ceiling Light
Chicken wire is a great texture to add to a space, especially for a rustic style room. This tutorial tells you how to create it here.
49. Easy DIY Branch Light
This is an easy project and would look great in any corner. Get the tutorial here.
50. Vintage Inspired Letter Light
These lights are very popular but they are very expensive. With a little know-how though you can make your own in any size. Learn how here.
51. Wire Basket Chandelier
Here’s another great wire basket chandelier project. See how to make it here.
52. Basket Light Pendants
Here’s a cute and affordable lighting project using baskets. Anyone can do it, learn how here.
53. Globe Ceiling Light
Here’s a different take on the globe light pendants from earlier. This one is a single globe ceiling light cover. Get the directions here.
54. Wine Bottle Pendant
Here’s another take on using wine bottles as light pendants. These are cut closer to the neck so they’re great for lower ceilings. Learn how to create it here.
55. Paint Stick Light
This is so cute! It can be painted or stained any color too so it’s as versatile as it affordable. Get the instructions here.
56. Recycled Cardboard Spot Light
This is a super cute cardboard spot light or table lamp. The pattern and instructions are available here.
57. Ping Pong Light
Ping pong balls filter light beautifully so why not use it to create a light? Learn how here!
58. DIY Garden Globes
Garden globes are great to illuminate a dark path but they are expensive. Make your own with affordable materials. Here’s how.
59. Grater Chandelier
You can use practically anything to create a light fixture or pendant as long as it can stand a little heat from the bulbs and thankfully modern bulbs don’t get as hot as the old ones used to. Learn how to create this great grater chandelier here.
60. Industrial Flex Light
This is made from a plastic gutter spout! Get the instructions here.
61. Another Cool Cardboard Lamp Project
This is another cool cardboard lamp project you can do for any room. Get the directions here.
62. Concrete Pendant Light
This is made from a 2-liter soda bottle and concrete! Get the step-by-step instructions here.
63. Veneer Light Pendants
Here’s another great wood veneer lighting project. It’s a bit more complex but if you’re a natural-born DIYer you’ll have no problems! Learn the steps here.
That’s it! There’s a style for everyone! If you do create one of these projects please share it with us!
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