Make It: Gold-leaf Lamp Shade

I’m really all about gold-leafing this holiday season. Actually, I’m really all about gold-leafing all the time. I love to shine up lots of household items and this lampshade is one of the prettiest gold-leafing projects I’ve seen!      

 Give a simple lampshade a golden makeover by adding a little gold-leaf! Spotted on One Kings Lane, this projects is leaving me feeling super inspired to get out the gold sheets. Head on over to One Kings Lane for the full how-to and to see other gilded projects! 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!

How To: Make a Stylish DIY Zip Tie Lamp Shade!

created at: 02/18/2012

I know the words “stylish” and “zip tie” don’t often go together, but in the case of this DIY lamp shade I think they work mighty fine!  I might even throw “quirky”, “artsy”, and “totally awesome” into the mix.  Just sayin’.   


Inspired by a window display at her local Anthropologie, DIY enthusiast and blogger Courtney Schutz returned home with a plan.  Using an old lampshade as a base, she created a new frame from chicken wire.   Continue Reading

DIY String-Wrapped Lamp: The Easiest Lighting Makeover Project Ever!

created at: 11/29/2011

It’s no secret, we love a good DIY lighting project here at Curbly.  Whether that’s building your own from scratch or simply giving that old shade a makeover, we love lamps.  This particular project, though, is hands down the easiest one we’ve ever seen!  If you can tie a knot, you can make this (feathers optional).   


This string-wrapped lamp idea comes from Honest to Nod.  They offer up a tutorial if you want to check it out, but basically all you do is wrap embroidery thread around a lamp shade and tie a knot.   Continue Reading

Make It: A Colorful DIY Ruffle Pendant Light – For Cheap!

created at: 09/06/2011

Colors, glorious colors, oh how I love you!  I especially love when you show up in unexpected places and blow my mind with your brilliance.  Because seriously, what you’re doing for this DIY pendant light is OUT. OF. CONTROL.  

The fantastic Ms. Michaela from Bliss! put her crafty skills to good use for this gorgeous DIY pendant light.  The materials for this super, super easy project are readily available and totally inexpensive.  Also?  Michaela says this project only takes about 15 minutes.   Continue Reading