One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Kathleen Plate is one of those people who has the superpower to see hidden potential in everything. (Jealous!) She is a recycled glass artist and the founder of Smart Glass Jewelry. Her creations are awesome! Especially her chandeliers.
Kathleen partnered with Chick-fil-A to help them on their journey to become more environmentally friendly by repurposing glass Coca Cola bottles and turning them into chandeliers. One is in each of their restaurants! There is quite a process that goes into making them. She uses diamonds and water to cut the bottles in half, puts them in a kiln to melt down (but not to liquid state), and then does a lot of glass-on glass work. They individual bottles come out tempered and organic looking. Beautiful and great conversation starter while eating.
Are you a repurpose-er? Upcycler? DIYer? You probably don’t have the tools to make chandeliers like the one featured but there are others just as stunning. This roundup from Bored Panda has 21 that are more suited to laymen like you and me.
Don’t you love repurposing? (I do!) Some of the best repurposing DIYs come from the recycle bin. Or antique shops. Or garage sales. This one is no exception. It’s all about repurposing old glass bottles and turning them into lovely lights. This would make such a unique lamp! I think it would go perfect on the patio to light warm summer nights.
I’ve seen many lovely bottle lights but most of them involve sparkly twinkle lights, magical tea lights, and beautiful smelling candles. I haven’t seen any, before now, that use rechargeable LED corks. This is a new reason to start looking for awesome shaped and colored bottles. (Garage sales, remember?) These LED corks can be purchased on Amazon for a fairly decent price. I’m going to have to scoop some up and you should too! Now I can’t wait for summer to light up my porch, patio, and backyard.
Lighting can make or break a space. The perfectly decorated room can be ruined with a harsh overhead. Likewise, a room that is little drab by comparison can be transformed with a lovely lamp. No one knows that better than Przemek, the Polish artist also known as Calabarte. He has transformed African gourds into brilliant lamps.
The gourd, or calabash, has been used to make many things like musical instruments and pots over the years but I haven’t seen them made into a whole lot of lamps. Maybe I’m just not running in the right circles! Lol. Calabarte uses the natural cracks of the gourds and the holes he drills to make fabulous light creations. They are pretty when the lights are off but when the lights are on they become something purely magical! I would be completely ok with getting one of these for my birthday!
Are you looking for an easy cheap way to dress up a room? Why not upgrade your blinds. I’m talking about those plain white blinds. The ones that came with the house. New blinds are surprisingly expensive. A new set can run you into the thousands of dollars. Yikes, I don’t have that kind of money on hand. However, you can dress them up yourself, with any fabric pattern you want. No more boring blinds. Turn them into Roman Blinds!
This will ruin your old blinds. So there is no going back once you start. You will need to commit! The results are beautiful. Your new blinds will lay down into soft folds when you raise them and show a beautiful pattern of your choice when they are lowered. I would suggest using a heavy fabric for the blinds so that they do a better job keeping the light out. On the fence about what product, DIY, or style is best for you? This might help you out.
I love all things magical and mystical. Unicorns, leprechauns, bigfoot. It’s fun to believe. Another mythical being that I have been fond of since my youth…fairies. They are just so fun. Tinkerbell is the best, right? This DIY is all about those fun little pixies.
I am loving these fairies in a jar. They would be the perfect night light for any little girl’s room. They are quite easy to make too. Your basic supplies are tea lights, twine, clear glitter, white glue, tissue paper, and glass jars and lids. You are also going to need these cut outs from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts. (Here are more details on how to make these.)
Needing more fairy crafts? These 10 DIYs from Babble should help you get your magic fix. I love the living room fairy door (number 7) and the fun wings (number 1). I’m going to be bookmarking these for later.
If you are fond of rustic style and country decorating, you will love this collection of lamps and chandeliers created from wood that we’ve scoured the web for. There is something so natural and soothing about wood, and it brings such a warmth to any room in the house.
Is your preference something along the lines of a wild branch chandelier, or something more simplistic such as an elegant lighted center piece? Whatever your preferences are, we are sure you will find something here that will interest you. Some of these items are even things you can create yourself.
If you are thinking about renovating or simply just want to add a new dimension to your current interior decorating, then incorporating wooden style lighting could be the perfect choice. Take a few minutes and look through this collection now to get inspired!
I always get in trouble for leaving the lights on. Watt smart I am not. You can always tell where I’ve been in the house by follow the trail of blazing light and discarded and haphazardly placed coffee tea cups. I just love things to be bright! I love lamps and light of all shapes and sizes and that includes this DIY doily lantern featured in a video by Socraftastic
This lamp will help give any room in your home an elegant look. How perfect would it be in a little girl’s room? You will need a balloon, some vaseline, white glue, doilies, mixing bowl and spoons, paint brush, water, flour, spoon, straight pin, and a light kit. A 60 watt or less bulb or LED lights are recommended.
Here are some other DIYs that use doilies. Cute. Move over grandma! There is a new crafter in town. These 30 crafts are out of this world fabulous.
I think it’s time for a lamp DIY. How about one shaped like a rainy cloud with a thunder storm going on inside it. This video from TiffyQuake (YouTube) is awesome and a must make! After you watch this you will think so too!
This is going to be the perfect decoration for a baby shower. My next shower maybe. Lol. To make this awesome cloud you will need: different sized paper lanterns, glue gun and sticks, a lot of cotton batting, clear string, and something to hang your light from. Don’t forget to use battery LED lights or other lights that don’t get hot. No fires! I am in love with this cloud! Aren’t you?! Looking for other cloud themed crafts? Look no further! (farther?) Check out all that MollyMoo has rounded up for us. These are perfect for a rainy day. Hang onto them for April showers.
Did you want to be an astronaut when you were little? I did! There was just something about the idea of space. Leaving the earth’s atmosphere and floating above it all and seeing things that only a handful of people have. This new lamp from Acorn Studio, a Taiwanese design firm, has made a way to make it possible for everyone to have a little piece of space… the moon.
This lamp, named Luna, resembles the shape and color of the moon. So cool. It comes in a variety of sizes too. Your personal moon can be anywhere from 3.2 inches to 23.6 inches. Judging from the pictures, I would want the XXS (3.2 inches) or XL (19.7 inches). The little one would make a perfect night light and the XXL would make a perfect ceiling lamp. Here is someone else who wanted to go into space. He wanted to steal the moon. He succeeded too! But only for a few minutes. Lol. I’m sure you’ve seen the movie.
Here’s the link to all the details on this beautiful lantern…
Do you eat canned chicken or tuna? Well today’s your lucky day! Here is a fun craft repurposing those tins. You can make cute little tin votives out of them. This is very simple but looks incredibly awesome. It would be the perfect mood lighting; I’m thinking holiday.
Gather together tin cans, patterned paper, scissors, clothespins, glue, hanger, string, and candles. I have all of those supplies already and I bet you do as well. Crafting win! Battery LED tea lights would be a good idea too. No fire risk either but more expensive to buy in the long run.
Did you know that many firehouses have those battery operated candles available for rent? That’s probably how your cousin had 5,000 at her wedding. (Lucky lady!) Buying that many would have cost as much as the plane tickets to Fiji alone. Here is one such program. I bet there are lots of them.