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Colorful DIY Ping Pong Pendant Light

We have showcased a DIY project using ping pong balls and string lights, and thought it was a unique idea. Now we have come across more ping pong balls, making up an elegant pendant light. Here is a colorful DIY pendent light project using painted ping pong balls and an IKEA HEMMA cord set. It would make for wonderful nursery lighting (Lights & Lights Room Guide: Baby Nursery Lighting Ideas).

The instructions can be found at Poppytalk

DIY Ping Pong Light

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Gorgeous DIY Glass Paint Pendant Lights

I thought that dip dyed lamp shades were an amazing DIY lighting idea (DIY Dip Dye Lamps: Create Colorful Gradient Lamp Shades) that created beautiful gradients of color. I had no idea that you could create amazing gradients on glass surfaces. This DIY tutorial by Natalie shows how to use Martha Stewart’s Glass Paint System to create wonderful, designer like pendant lights on glass surfaces.

You can find the DIY instructions over at Design Love Fest

DIY Glass Paint Lights

DIY Glass Paint Lights

DIY Glass Paint Lights

DIY Glass Paint Lights

DIY Glass Paint Lights

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Upcycled Lamps: 7 Unique Projects and Ideas

Here are some of the best upcycled lamps we’ve seen. These ideas and projects are simple and inexpensive to do. Leave us a comment and link if you try any of them out.

The Sharpie Doodle Lamp

You can easily upgrade a lamp by using a sharpie. Better Homes and Gardens upcycled a teal colored lamp into a one of a kind piece by simply drawing doodles on it – link.

Upcycled sharpie lamp

Superhero Lamp

Ryan McElhinney (who has worked at such places as Disney and 20th Century Fox) took old toys, a lamp and created stunning lamps. Using a hot glue gun, he stuck together a bunch of superhero toys to the base of a lamp, and then used a high gloss paint to create the unified look. – link

recycled toys lamp

Relumine: Florescent Light Strip Lamps

Because we are switching to using more energy efficient compact florescent light bulbs instead of incandescent ones, Studio mischer‘traxler wanted to go out and redesign normal lamps to use those long florescent strips. They ended up with these playful looking lamps that look like something from a Pixar movie – link.

florescent lamps

The Picasa Photo Lamp

Marie over at Under the Sycamore has used the photo sharing website Picasa to upcycle her lamps into one of a kind light pieces.  Picasa allows you to create collages with your photos and edit them into black or white if you want, which can then be printed out on vellum and hot glued onto a lamp shade – link.

recycled lamp shade

Camera Film Lamp

Here is an idea: use an old IKEA lamp and glue black and white negative film onto the glass – 6 DIY Lamp Ideas.

diy film lamp idea

Christmas Ornament Upcycled Lamp

Looking to recreate a designer lamp, Brooke over at All Things Thrifty used Christmas ornaments and a lamp to create this lovely piece – link.

upcycled floor lamp

Dip Dye

Simply and instantly upcycle lamps by getting fabric dye and dip dying the lamp shades to create gorgeous color gradients. It works best on light colored fabric lamp shades – link.

dip dye lamp


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How To Make Paper Lamps: Simple and Elegant DIY Ideas

We found some gorgeous and minimalistic DIY paper lamps. Follow these tutorials on how to make paper lamps:

An LED DIY Paper Lamp

LilyLeds of Instructables has created simple and decorative lamp using only a printed image, magnets, a battery powered LED and tape. The results as seen in the pictures are elegant Asian paper lamps. The great thing about this DIY project is that you can print out any image and create your own personalized lamp (a one solid colored illustration works best). You can follow along with the instructions here.

A DIY paper lamp

Fold and cut paper lamp

Cut and Fold Lamps

Another paper lamp idea comes from Drips, again from Instrucatables. This time the lamp is made by using cut and fold techniques to create its unique style. Using only one sheet of paper, Drips outlines the step by step process to cut and fold the paper, and how to make the internal lamp. These paper table lamps are really beautiful. The designs you could make for the lamp are endless – there are templates online to make the Eiffel tower, or highly complex geometric designs – site.

Fold and cut paper lamp

Paper Cutting Lamps

MrYen has a range of paper lamps on display at his Flickr account. Using paper cutting techniques he was able to create these lamps that have soft graphics on them. The same can be done by printing a light shaded image onto the paper, but it won’t look as great.


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