81% of people who complete a DIY project experience a sense of joy and accomplishment. That’s 8% more than those who hired a professional.
With the pandemic in full swing, what better way to spend your time than a DIY project?
If you’re looking for a fun new hobby, DIY lighting projects can be affordable and fulfilling. Read on for 5 easy DIY lighting ideas to change up your home.
3D Paper Lights
While traditional paper lights originated in ancient China, you can take this idea one step further with DIY 3D lightboxes.
Use basic LED lights, wooden boards, and a glass panel for these creative boxes. Also known as shadow boxes, these can be gorgeous night lights for kids.
Start by choosing a design. You’ll trace this on card stock before cutting it out and layering it for the 3D effect. You don’t have to include any artwork, but this will add personal flair!
These three-legged lamps are all the rage. However, store-bought tripod lamps can cost hundreds of dollars.
Make your own by upcycling a used tripod or cutting wooden legs. If you don’t have a lampshade to use, creating one from household items works as well.
One of the more technical projects on this list, you’ll need a lamp kit and some wiring knowledge. When in doubt, contact your local licensed electrician for help.
Mason Jar Fixtures
A classic in DIY lighting, mason jar lights are perfect for brightening any household. These iconic light fixtures are versatile and easy to make.
Fill them with string lights for cute patio additions. Attach them to wood paneling for a classy living room piece. Decorating them with paint or flowers can create an elegant centerpiece.
All you need is some empty mason jars and your lights of choice. They can also work as makeshift lampshades in a pinch.
Ping Pong Ball String Lights
Step up your string light game with adorable ping pong ball lights.
These simple string lights make great weekend lighting projects. Decide how long and what color you want your lights to be. You can use old Christmas lights or make your own.
Once you have the materials, all you have to do is drill holes into the balls. Insert the lights and tada!
Chandeliers made of natural materials can bring a little of the outdoors into your home. Designer rustic chandeliers often cost several thousand dollars, so why not make your own for under fifty?
For a soothing forest feel, find a tree branch from your backyard. Clean it up, drill or hang lights from it, then attach it to your ceiling with a candelabra socket.
Driftwood works well for beachy themes. Add flowers or paint to experiment further.
Easy DIY Lighting Projects
On a budget but want new lighting options? Have a case of the quarantine blues and need a fun hobby?
Experiment with one of the DIY lighting projects above. The best part is you already have most of the materials you need. Let your guests marvel at the improvements and changes you made.
Get started today and add more joy to your home. For more DIY tips and tricks, check out the rest of our blog!