How To: Make Your Own Solar-Powered “Sun Jars”!

created at: 09/04/2011

We’ve shared quite a few mason jar projects here on Curbly (did you see our roundup of 15 awesome uses for mason jars?) and we’ve even highlighted a purchasable sun jar, too.  Of course, it couldn’t be too long before we found a DIYable version, right?  Well, at least not if the industrious people of the Internet have their way.  So, if you haven’t yet exhausted your supply of jars from all those other rad projects and are looking for a fun, eco-friendly lighting solution, read on!   Continue Reading

Newlywed Masterful Bedroom Makeover: Lighting Can Make All the Difference (How-To Included!)

created at: 04/13/2011

In making over our bedroom as part of the SYLVANIA Blogger Makover Challenge, replacing the old light fixtures was one of the bigger projects we tackled (making over your room? Check out their daily sweepstakes on Facebook). Need a little reminder? They’re very 1996:

created at: 04/13/2011

Why replace our existing bedroom lighting?    
Not only were our existing lamps, frankly, hideous, but they also made the ceilings feel about two feet shorter than they actually were. Perhaps most importantly, they used a total of 350 watts of energy and made the room feel like a sauna. Continue Reading

Make Lovely Lacy Lights

Light Group

Kristy assures us we can whip up one of these lovely lacy lights in 5 minutes. The supplies? Minimal, just like we like it!

  • large jar(s)
  • an old lace table cloth (or lace yardage from the fabric store)
  • measuring tape
  • scissors
  • LED battery operated light(s)
  • sewing machine, thread, etc.

To see the entire tute (she has a great slideshow version posted) head on over to

Via whipup.

Holiday How-To: Illuminated Snowflake Ornament.

Dateline: Monroe United Methodist Church, Early December, 1986-1992. Tiny Chris is bent over a folding table in the Fellowship Hall, making beaded snowflake ornaments. And they looked NOTHING like this.DIY Illuminated Snowflake Ornament Tutoria

From FashioningTechnology: “I’m unusually enthusiastic about this holiday season. I’ve already started making gifts and holiday decorations. I made a few handmade LED snowflake ornaments that I would like to share with the community. They are super-easy to make and only take about 15-20 minutes each (depends on how long you experiment with the beading). Continue Reading

DIY Starscape Ceiling.


It’s 2009, and glow-in-the-dark stick-em-up stars simply won’t do any more. In the era of accessibility to LEDs, fiber optics, a quite accurate (albeit 2D) home planetarium can be had with a bit of wiring and alot of holes.

From Hack-a-Day: “[Mike Galloway] set out to install a lighted starscape in the ceiling of the baby room…This setup involves an LED based illuminator and bundles of fiber optics. [Mike] first mounted the illuminator in the corner of the room at ceiling level and ran the bundles of fiber optics up into the attic. Continue Reading

DIY Thread LED Tea Light Cover.


From Mrs. Green Tea:”I was messing around with different materials trying to dress up a
little LED tealight, and this is one of the versions I ended up liking
(plus it’s dirt cheap since it’s just thread!). I love me some
textures. This may be useful for those with wedding venues that don’t
allow real flames.” I’m thinking this thread+fabric stiffener combo might turn out all sorts of charmful things. Via.

Build Your Own DIY Grow Lights.

Sure, you could go to the fancy indoor garden/hydroponics store and buy speciality grow lights that mimic the color spectrum of the sun’s rays. Or you can make these LED spikes from Popular Science…. Goodness, even the name sounds cooler. “These bulbs actually work best as a supplement to sunlight during the
day; however, they’ll also provide enough light after dark to ensure
that your plants get the 12 to 18 hours a day they need to thrive. Continue Reading