When we moved into our house we had really outdated light fixtures (think shiny brass from the 80’s). I knew I wanted to create a few DIY light fixtures in order to not spend a ton of money on brand new lights. We made a clothespin chandelier for the laundry room, used buckets for our pendants over the kitchen island, and used a large candle holder for the light in my son’s room. I love adding unique touches in unexpected ways! The best part is that all of these solutions were way cheaper than buying a standard chandelier or light fixture.
1. DIY Clothespin Chandelier
I started out with this chicken wire and used zip ties that I had laying around the house. My light measures about 12 inches in diameter but you can use a larger size if you have a bigger laundry room. I used a natural clothespin but you could use these or these if you wanted something fun and different!
The tedious part is clipping all the clothespins around the chicken wire. If you look closely on each row you clip the clothespin on every other square and then alternate the squares on the next row. I also started from the bottom and worked my way up. It is easier to see what you row you are clipping to. If you start from the top down you may have to move some clothespins out of the way to get them clipped underneath.
My awesome husband hung this light kit in white and we attached the chandelier with fishing wire to the top of the light.
2. Bucket Lights Over Island
Buying a 4 pack light kit can get you more bang for your buck since we used those same light kits for the island pendants. I found awesome white washed buckets, but you could use any bucket that you like! Some buckets have a pre-drilled hole in the bottom to allow water to flow out if you use them as planters, but if you don’t have a pre-drilled hole you could easily cut out a small circle for the light cord to pass through by using a drill.
I’m loving these vintage scalloped darker planters The dark stain and the scalloped edge are awesome!
Again, the handy husband wired the light kits and we slid the top of the wire through the hole. The bucket rests on the part where you screw the bulb in. Super easy and a fun talking point when guests are over. I always get asked where I bought the lights and it is so fun to say they were super cheap buckets that I found when I was at a hardware store.
3. Candle Holder Light
The last creative solution we came up with was painting and flipping a large wooden candle holder upside down. Luckily, there was a flush mount light that was already installed in the ceiling.
We found a fun orange paint to match the superhero theme of the room. It was easy to cut out a small circle on the bottom of the candle holder. We mounted it by screwing it into the ceiling around the light bulb that was already installed.
These three unique lighting projects will give your lighting a fun update! Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Do you have any DIY light fixtures you’ve done?