55. Glass Orb Chandelier ($499): The more orbs, the merrier? 😉
52. Slope Miniforms (contact to order): We’d love to see an entire ceiling filled with these at varying lengths.
11. Light Up Headboard: Now this is pretty amazing. They drew on the design, drilled holes through the headboard, and backed with lighting. (via A Beautiful Mess)
35. Gliese Pendant ($230): I think this might be my favorite light on the list! It’s an extra large lightbulb dipped in chrome. So good.
19. SHY Light ($11K): Why so shy? Maybe because you’re a lamp that costs over ten thousand dollars? Regardless, this piece of light art is a spectacle to behold.
4. Geometric Wire Lampshade: It’s minimal, avant garde, and surprisingly simple to create. (via Weekday Carnival)
40. Concrete Pendant Lamps: Concrete just might be the new black in the DIY department. (via Brit + Co.)
48. Acorn Pendant ($420): Now that’s a modern interpretation of an acorn if I’ve ever seen one. Love the idea of whole collection of these in different sizes and colors.
9. Geometric Wire Lampshade: It’s minimal, avant garde, and surprisingly simple to create. (via Weekday Carnival)
4. Industrial Fan Turned Light: There is something pretty lamp like about the shape of a fan, especially a vintage one. If you’ve got a broken fan you just can’t part with, turn it into this fetching lamp. (via Kittenhood)
34. Rectangular Farmhouse Pendant ($250): If you’re going for the rustic industrial look in the dining room, this pendant is for you.
Looking to up your game in the lighting department? Then it’s time to forget about the desk, leave the wall behind, and move on up. Up to the ceiling! The world of pendant lights is a surprisingly expansive one, so we’ve taken it upon ourselves to round the best ones up, both to buy and DIY.
45. Fabric Garland Hanging Light: This seems like the paper scrap garland’s old sister, don’t you think? (via A Beautiful Mess)
1. Cardboard Chandelier: Turn an old shipping box into a chic chandelier! (via Etsy)
6. Illuminated Bouquet: For this bit of floral illumination, you use a doily dimensional flower punch and an LED branch! (via Saved By Love Creations)
18. Sage Honeycomb Shade ($64): This has a definite vintage vibe and the frosted sage glass (or plexiglas) would add a nice glow to any space.
5. Cube Pendant Light: We’d love to make a whole bunch of these using brightly painted wood. (via Vintage Revivals)
46. Urchin Lamp Kit ($130): Currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, this lamp design is based on sea urchins.
10. Foxed Mirror Drum Pendant ($379): The vintage surface of this foxy mirror (sorry, I had to) begs the question: What does the foxed mirror say?
What creative DIY lights have you seen recently? Tell us in the comments below.
37. Rope Pendant Light: Finally, a light fixture makeover that doesn’t involve re-wiring and calling an electrician. (via Love Maegan)
57. Barely There Pendant Lamp ($148): By day it’s barely there, by night a moody glow.
Do you have pendant lights in your home? Did you make them or buy them? Was it tough to install them? Talk to us in the comments below.
17. Filament Pendant ($325): Doesn’t this sort of look like the outline of a lampshade? Into it.
49. Wooden Beaded Chandelier: Inspired by a Serena and Lily creation, this is definitely one for your weekend projects folder or pinboard. (via Brit + Co.)
56. Form Us With Love Pendants ($132 each): This army of pendant lamps is here to send you their love.
25. DIY Quilt Light: And finally, some neon geometry. The colors! The shapes! So lovely. (via The Design Files)
25. Bau Pendant Light ($250): Is it abstract art, a Calder-inspired wall hanging, or a pendant light? We’ll call it all three 🙂
5. Enameled Colander: Obsessed with enameled colanders but don’t really need more than two or three in your kitchen cabinet? (via Shelterness)
6. Giant Tin Can Pendant Lights: Turn jumbo paint cans into lamps by covering them in… wait for it… paint! (via Shelterness)
12. Work Light Bundle: Work lights in a bundle actually look pretty darn stylish. (via Likainen Parketti)
18. Plastic Cup Lamp: You knew you saved all those hot pink Solo cups for a reason.. 😉 (via Bit of Green)
14. Hoop Lights: Wait, we could totally make this using embroidery hoops and gold spray paint. Bookmarked! (via Ladies and Gentlemen Studio)
1. Washing Machine Drum Lamps (contact to order): That title is for real. These lamps are made out of recycled washing machine drums and painted in a variety of candy colors.
15. Mason Jars: Come on, we’ve gotta have a mason jar on here somewhere. (via Woon Blog)
3. Wire Waste Basket: Love this floral print! Might have to create your own take on this clever hack. (via Poppytalk)
38. Fresh Flower Pendant Light: What? Yes. This beautiful DIY piece is worth bookmarking for a special event or garden party. The ephemeral nature of it makes it all the more lovely. (via Paper & Stitch)
23. Outdoor Concrete Lighting: For more of a statement piece, we’re loving the Stonehenge-esque look of this concrete fixture. (via Homedit)
43. Peel Pendant Lamp ($199): The peeled-apart look of this reminds us of a slinky on its side.
36. Pendant Tassel Light: Just… put a tassel on it! (via A Subtle Revelry)
32. Rosy Glow Pendant Lamp ($375): We’ve got it bad for rose gold here at Brit HQ, and this lamp just got added to our wish list.
2. Utensil Holder Pendant: We do love us a good IKEA hack! The cage style shade of this lamp was made from a utensil holder.(via Take the Side Street)
60. Encalmo-Stamen Modern Pendant Light ($1,295): Finally, this modern piece is made in the Italian discipline of fusing two separate entities of glass into one single piece. We love the clean design and rich hues.
16. Globe Lamps: While we’re on the fence about cutting a globe in half, this would be a great use for a weathered flea market find. (via Etsy)
8. Electric Umbrella: This one is definitely more involved, but with pretty incredible results. We might try hacking it with individual LED lights and cleverly placed wire, but ours probably wouldn’t close as nicely as this one. (via Instructables)
39. Bright Beads Pendant Lights (contact to order): One day, we will figure out an easy way to get beads onto pendant light cords. Until then, we’ll swoon over these.
11. Cube Pendant Light: Love the idea of making mini versions of these with party lights. (via Vintage Revivals)
42. Yarn Lanterns: Yarn, glue, balloons, and corn starch are all you need to create your own colorful lanterns. (via Brit + Co.)
29. Bronze Copper Shade ($685): This beautiful bronze pendant is timeless and iconic, and would look good in just about any home.
7. Mini Marquee: For a mini take on the marquee, get into it with neon card stock. (via Brit + Co.)
19. Bundled Bulb Lights: Look at that little bundle of lights! (via Design*Sponge)
21. PXL Pendant ($1,072): Dear PXL, please send us 10 of these pendants for our office. Love, Brit + Co.
7. Tart Tin Lamp: How cute are these? Made from mini tart tins, we love the eclectic look of this pairing. (via Lauren Elise Crafted)
17. Dodecahedron: Not only is dodecahedron a really fun word to say, it’s pretty fun to make as well. (via View Along the Way)
12. PolyGlobe Pendant Light ($263): The faceted texture of this pendant looks almost as if it were computer-generated.
41. Pom Pom Pendant: The Lorax called, he wants his pendant light back 😉 (via A Subtle Revelry)
22. Bluff City ($550): A trio of solid design elements are at play here. You’ve got the electric blue cage, candy apple red drum base, and modern spherical bulb.
16. Apollo (contact to order): This faceted shade has a masculine, industrial look that would add a welcome bit of dissonance to a fluffy white living room.
53. Capiz Shell Pendant ($800): You’ve seen a capiz shell pendant before, but about one that is also a spherical grid? So cool.
14. Dodecahedron: Not only is dodecahedron a really fun word to say, it’s pretty fun to make as well. (via View Along the Way)
2. Vintage Marquee: It was about time we made an official Brit + Co. marquee. (via Brit + Co.)
15. 2X4 Light ($280): It is just what it sounds like. A 2×4 with light bulbs in it. While we aren’t wild about the price, we dig the minimal design and just might have to try hacking it ourselves.
44. Paper Scraps: By night and by day, this paper scrap creation is a force to be reckoned with. (via Design*Sponge)
30. Golden Lamp: On the other end of the “iconic” spectrum, guess what was used to create the gold base of this lamp? A toilet paper roll covered in gold paper! (via Design and Form)
27. Downtown Minimalist Cord Pendant ($105): Simplicity at its finest. The mint green bulb base makes for an instant design win.
21. Wax Paper Capiz Shells: Don’t these look just like those shell chandeliers? Such a great use of wax paper! (via Design*Sponge)
31. Polished Nickel Pendant ($129-$149): There’s something about this that makes us think of poker night as portrayed by Kinfolk magazine.
28. Halo Light Pendant: The halos around these bulbs almost look like circles that were drawn in midair. Love the quirkiness of them. (via A Beautiful Mess)
10. Yarn Lanterns: Yarn, glue, balloons, and corn starch are all you need to create your own colorful lanterns. (via Brit + Co.)
3. West Elm Inspired Globe Pendant: Inspired by a West Elm pendant, this gorgeous globe was made from two plastic salad bowls. (via Mad in Crafts)
24. Jute Twinkle Lights: Twinkle, twinkle, little jute! (via Ella Claire Inspired)
20. Tree Branch Chandelier: Turn a found piece of driftwood into a gorgeous ceiling centerpiece. (via Apartment Therapy)
23. Riviera Pendants ($129-$199): We love the outlined nature of this collection of pendants, especially paired with those filament lightbulbs.
33. Cloche Punched Pendant Lamp ($40): This vintage style lamp has gorgeous punched out details as well as engraved textures.
13. Small Polyhedron Pendant ($295): There’s something slightly pagan about a collection of this polyhedrons, don’t you think?
9. Ping Pong Lights: We’re gonna go ahead and take this as inspiration for creating a whole bucket of illuminated ping pong balls. So fun for a birthday party or wedding after party! (via Instructables)
54. Ombre Pendant Lamp: This DIY project would be a cinch to recreate on those inexpensive white paper lanterns you can buy at party stores. (via designlovefest)
20. FlowerPot Pendant ($370): This quirky flowerpot pendant looks like it’s straight out of a Super Nintendo game.
22. Drop Cloth Lamp: Love the modern vibe of this drop cloth lamp. (via Lowe’s Creative Ideas)
24. DIY Quilt Light: Onto some neon DIY geometry. The colors! The shapes! So lovely. (via The Design Files)
51. Woodchuck Pendants (from $750): Love the colors and woodgrain on these pendant lights. Stay tuned for a DIY inspired by these very lamps.
13. Sputnik Chandelier: Definitely on the more involved side, this tutorial shows you how to turn a standard IKEA Maskros chandelier into a gorgeous sputnik chandelier using paper, paint, and small glass ramekins. (via Little Green Notebook)
8. Recycled Cardboard Pendant Lights: Cardboard will never cease to amaze us in the DIY department. (via Sugar and Cloth)
From illuminated bouquets to waste baskets gone chic, here are 25 creative ways to create your own unique lighting scheme.
50. Coco Mini Pendant ($1,800): Wait a minute, are those acorns too? On the extremely high end of the price spectrum, this are more like art objects than lights.
59. Iron Petals Pendant Lamp ($148-$348): For a more permanent take on floral details, this Anthropologie creation is perfectly boho chic.
26. Bell Jar Pendant ($198): Bearing no relation to the Sylvia Plath novel of the same name, the bold jewel tones of this jars look great together.
58. Hurricane Vase Lamp: We would totally buy this DIY vase lamp. (via Pattern of Life)
It’s time to get lit! We have been swooning over all kinds of pretty lights these days. Turns out, it’s actually quite easy to create a beautiful chandelier or pendant from materials you may already have lying around, or those that you can pick up for just a few bucks. Definitely makes those pricey lights at furniture shops seem way overrated. Plus, as with anything handmade, you’ll likely tend to love and care for these beauties way longer than your average lamp.