How To: Make Easy Modern DIY Concrete Pendant Lights

created at: 03/13/2013

Concrete table lamps, concrete stools, and now concrete pendant lights: I am clearly obsessed with new uses for this inexpensive material!     

This project has everything from good looks to affordability to upcycled/recycled materials! If all that wasn’t enough, it’s also super easy and will only take a single afternoon (about 2 hours) to complete. SIGN. ME. UP.

Ben from HomeMade Modern has all the details and steps for making your own — check it out! Continue Reading

Make It: Modern Metallic DIY Pendant Light — From Empty Toilet Paper Rolls!

created at: 02/26/2013

Yes, you read that right. This oh-so-classy and minimal light is made from a decidedly not classy material: used up toilet paper rolls.            

Emma from Design and Form shared this DIY idea recently, which is so easy it almost doesn’t need a tutorial: wrap an empty tube with gold paper, stick it over a lamp cord, and voila! You have yourself a pretty fancy looking light. Brilliant, right??

created at: 02/26/2013

See more: DIY Gold Lamp by Design and Form


Make It: A Modern DIY Origami Pendant Light

created at: 01/22/2013

Currently, all our pendant lighting needs are being met, but the next time I need something awesome (and inexpensive) to light our place, I will definitely try out this DIY origami lamp!       

The whole project will set you back less than $20 and a short afternoon — check out how to get those folds just right over on Work and Process!

How To: Make a DIY Geometric Pipe Pendant Light

created at: 11/12/2012

We’ve been seeing brass, gold, and copper making a big splash in home decor for the last few years, but these metallic pieces usually carry a hefty price tag, especially in the lighting department (um, have you seen the prices of Lindsay Adelman chandeliers??). It’s always exciting, then, to see people get creative with inexpensive materials and come up with something super stylish and on-trend, like this brass and copper pipe light!      


created at: 11/12/2012

I like the boxy-geometric look of this DIY light by Claire Zinnecker, but you could easily adapt the shape to suit your tastes and space; just play around with the pipe and fitting arrangement (try sketching it out first so you’ll know how much pipe to buy). Continue Reading

How To: Make a DIY Ombre Glass Pendant Light

created at: 10/15/2012

Just when I was getting a little antsy with the ombre trend*, THIS project comes along. Dang you, awesome lighting projects! You get me every time.     

This gorgeousness comes to us from Design Love Fest and it’s such a simple-yet-brilliant idea it hurts. I am totally having a “Why didn’t I think of that?” moment. Hardcore. Check out the easy-to-follow and beautifully photographed tutorial right here.

*What trends are you in love with and which do you wish would kindly see themselves out the door? Continue Reading

Make It: Modern DIY Geometric Frame Pendant Light

created at: 10/02/2012

Inspired by one of my favorite lights (the Frame Pendant by Iacoli & McAllister if you’re curious), this DIY version is equally colorful and a fraction of the cost. Also? The perfect project for a rainy and cold autumn afternoon!    

All you need are some balsa wood sticks, yarn, wire and wire cutters, and some sticky tape. Got it? Awesome! Head over to Say Yes to Hoboken for the full tutorial!

Make It: A Modern DIY Cardboard Pendant Light

created at: 09/27/2012

Got a cardboard box? Awesome! Turn that sucker into a pendant light!     

It’s easy. All you need is a box (obvs), a box cutter (for slicin’ and dicin’), a light kit (cheap and readily available), and some spray paint (optional-ish). Once you’ve got all those basic supplies ready, check out how to piece it all together over on Poppytalk!

Roundup: 10 DIY Wooden Lampshade Tutorials!

created at: 09/03/2012

We’re kicking off the new fall season with a whole month dedicated to illuminating ways to light your space. First up: a roundup of 10 awesome DIY wooden lampshades. Ready, set, MAKE!     


created at: 09/03/2012

1. DIY Chunky Wood Random Light

2. DIY Colorful Wood Veneer Pendant Lights

3. DIY Woven Balsa Wood Lampshade

created at: 09/03/2012

4. DIY West Elm-Inspired Woven Wood Pendant Light

5. DIY Wood Cube Pendant Light

created at: 09/03/2012

6. DIY Looped Wood Pendant Light

created at: 09/03/2012

7. DIY Designer-Inspired Wood Lampshade

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Roundup: 20 Awesome DIY Modern Lighting Projects!

created at: 06/20/2012

In celebration of Modernism month at Curbly, we rounded up 20 of the best and coolest modern lighting projects on these here Interwebs. Yes, you read that right, TWENTY. So, put on your DIY pants, it’s time to get illuminated!    


1. DIY Brass Mobile Chandelier

2. DIY String Pendant Light

3. DIY Woven Pendant Lamp

4. DIY Wood Cube Pendant Light

created at: 06/20/2012

5. DIY Modern Paper Lampshade

6. DIY Letter Sconce

7. DIY Minimal Table Lamp

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