08th Feb2013

Upcycled Lighting Ideas

by Dinah Wulf
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I have written about repurposed lighting ideas before from inspirations I found while shopping out and about in retail stores.  I haven’t written about upcycled lighting ideas, however, from my internet shopping trips!  There are so many fantastic ideas out there… several I would have NEVER even dreamt of that I thought I’d put together another fun round-up of these interesting and repurposed creations.

Let’s start with the Kitchen!  OK so these first two aren’t for everyone, but I love the ingenuity of both vintage finds. (I apologize but I lost the source for the strainer light.  If you know it, please leave a comment so I can add it!)

vintage bowl pendant

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These are Repurposed Spoon Pendant lights by Designer Francois Legault.

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I love these Mason Jar lights from Etsy.

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This birdcage chandelier is one of my favorites from Design Sponge.

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This shabby chic pendant light is made from a basket.

recycled basket lighting pendant

Love these!  They are globes turned pendent lamps!

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Can you believe that this floor lamp is made out of plastic knives?

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These fun DIY liquor bottle lamps have step by step instructions of Tip Junkie.

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Is this repurposed telephone a good idea or bad idea?

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I saved the most creative for last (well, most creative to me anyway).  This pendant lamp is made out of 1960’s plastic camping chairs!

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I hope these upcycled lighting ideas inspired to you to make your own!  What would you upcycle into a lamp???


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Dinah Wulf
Dinah is a craft, home décor, & DIY Blogger for www.diyinspired.com, a creative blog promoting repurposing through reinvention. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. Formerly an educator at CSUF and business owner, she now is a full time writer, Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, Real Simple Lifestyler, and a member of Martha’s Circle. She has blogged for multiple websites including Angie's List, Fix.com, Home Made Simple, and Sprout Online and has been published in a few magazines and ebooks. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable, Parenting.com, and Buzzfeed.
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16 Responses to “Upcycled Lighting Ideas”

  • H

    Love those globe pendants. I have an extra globe, and may just have to try that.

  • Oh wow! My mouth was hanging open over that bird cage lamp!!! Love the plastic knives one and the spoon pendants lights too! Thanks for gathering these ideas for us.

  • Betty Dorsey

    Could you possibly help me locate the source for the colorful strainers chandelier? I have searched the web but with no luck. That fixture would be absolutely perfect for my new house. I would greatly appreciate any help that you could give me.

    • Hi Betty! What do you mean by strainers?

      • Betty Dorsey

        The 5 colanders (strainers) chandelier shown in this article.
        Thank you very much.

        • Oh my, Betty! When I first read your comment, I was thinking of a different post! I view comments on a different screen… so sorry about that! I have only seen them at antique stores(here in Southern CA, MD, and WI) and they are few and far between! Do you have a place where there are several stores you can peruse?

    • cindi

      I got the colanders at world market. $1.99 each.

  • melissa

    the telephone is a bad idea lol

  • Terry

    Need the source or how to make the 5 colander chandelier? Thanks! Love it all!

    • Hi Terry! Unfortunately I believe the source for the colander chandelier is from an Etsy shop that no longer exists. BUT, I believe in this particular one, if you found the base you can upcycle, you can simply drill holes in the bottom center with a metal drill bit and slip the colander over like a light bulb shade. The trick is finding the right chandelier! I hope this helps!

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