Designers forecasts for home trends this year are out, and many of them have said that updated light fixtures leads the pack for a must have in your decorating tool box. However, anyone who has tried to buy lighting outside of the usual boring paper shade and metal base, knows that updated lighting can mean a drain on the pocketbook. Did you know that DIY light fixtures are budget friendly, and easy even for a beginner? Here are some creative DIY light fixture projects to help you keep up with the trends, and with your bank account.


DIY Light Fixtures


West Elm Knock Off Light Fixture

We love West Elm. Love it. And if you do too, hop on over to ‘Designer Trapped‘ and learn how to make a knock off version of their famous bentwood pendant light for a fraction of what the original costs!


Basket Light Fixture

Learn how to turn an ordinary basket into a really charming DIY light fixture with this tutorial from ‘Sugar & Cloth‘. This one is super simple and inexpensive, and really does add a lot to this pretty and fresh room.


Drum Shade Pendant Light DIY

The ‘Little by Little Home‘ took a drum lamp shade they found at Home Goods, and used it to recreate their outdated dining room chandelier. It looks awesome, and it’s an easy DIY! (Kind of a theme here, right?)


Boho Beaded DIY Light Fixture

This boho style pendant light looks complicated, but is a pretty easy woodworking and crafting project from ‘Jen Woodhouse‘. She does a great job of walking you through the steps with photos and clear instructions. You could save hundreds making this light instead of buying it!


Boob Light Makeover

Got ugly boob lights? Find out how ‘The DIY Mommy‘ used some spray paint, some macrame string and some wooden beads to give another boho look to an outdated fixture.


Barn Beam DIY Light Fixture

If you really want to impress, go check out the tutorial for this barn beam DIY light fixture over at ‘Two Feet First‘. What can we say, other than awesome. Need this, immediately. This would look great in both a modern home and a rustic one!


String Globe Light DIY

This string globe light isn’t a new project, they have been floating around the blogosphere for awhile now. But we like how BHG doesn’t overthink it, and uses it as a hanging lamp rather than having to replace an overhead light and hook it into the electrical system. All you need is some string, fabric stiffener, a ballon and a hanging lamp kit from Ikea or your hardware store.

diy lighting project


Branch Pendant Light

We love, love, LOVE this modern branch pendant light from decor8. Complete instructions are right on the site from a guest blogger in Sweden. Gotta make this! Looks like a very expensive light fixture from a catalog that I know well!


Lighting is so important in home decor. You can make your lighting look luxe without spending big bucks! Now jump on over to our posts on 15 No Money Home Decor Ideas, How to Install LED Strip Lights, and DIY Budget Kitchen Makeovers to find more ways to save money while decorating your home!

Image Credits: Two Feet First, Designer Trapped, Sugar & Cloth, The Little by Little Home, Jen Woodhouse, The DIY Mommy, BHG, decor8

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  1. Donna February 1, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Love this! So happy I found your site. Turns out Pintrest IS good for something!

  2. Brenda May 12, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    Love these, espescialy the colendar one

  3. shanthi December 21, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    wow love this iwas happy by seeing this ideas

  4. Cindy Judge December 27, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    There were no directions for DIY budget lighting project of a string/balloon hanging light on BHG.

      1. collette March 26, 2015 at 2:54 am

        Can I use normal clothes starch for the globe light ?

        1. Kathy Woodard May 22, 2015 at 8:17 am

          I haven’t tried that, but I would think it would be worth a try… Anyone know?

  5. Ana Cristina May 14, 2015 at 8:03 am


  6. Simon September 26, 2020 at 8:30 am

    Thanks for listing out all those interesting light fixture projects! I love the creativity here, please keep up the great work!


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