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2x4: Four Bright Lighting Ideas

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07.23.13

Looking to update a room but don’t want to spend big bucks on a renovation? Just add light! A simple, decorative hanging light can instantly transform the atmosphere of a space. Here are four easy-to-make lighting projects: 

Photos: Mad in Crafts / Natalme

Pendant Lamp. Can you guess what this pendant lamp is made from? No, it isn’t metal. And no, it isn’t expensive. It’s plastic mixing bowls! That’s right – inexpensive bowls made from plastic can be morphed into a high-end, metal-looking pendant lamp with a little tape and a few well-placed holes. Get the full instructions for this West Elm hack on Mad in Crafts

Globe Lampshade. Sure, maps are nice-looking and worldly and all that. But they’re also flat, which makes them a little tricky to turn into lighting fixtures. A globe, on the other hand? Totally different story! If you don’t have an old globe handy, scavenge garage sales or flea markets – the older the better! Then, follow Natalme’s DIY instructions to make your own awesome globe lampshade. 

Photos: Crafty Nest / Muyingenioso

Paper Lantern. White paper lanterns are everywhere these days – just look at IKEA or West Elm for proof. If you like the trend kinda-sorta, but don’t feel like it quite screams you, this lantern can change that! Crafty Nest took a plain IKEA lantern up a decorative notch with fake flowers and a hot glue gun. We love this project because you can totally personalize it. Flowers aren’t your thing? Use fringe (or cotton balls, or colorful tape) instead. 

Mason Jar Light. We can’t do a lighting roundup without including our favorite, all-purpose home item: mason jars. These versatile jars are cheap (less than a dollar a jar) and easy to repurpose. Turn one into an impressive light like Muyingenioso with a jar, hammer, light bulb and a pendant light kit. Tip: On a mason jar roll? Check out 365 Jars – blogger Kirsty posted a new jar project every day for a year!

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