12 DIY Light Fixtures You Can Make On A Budget

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Last updated on December 1, 2020 by

These days, adding new decor to your home is all about doing the DIY thing. It might not be the easiest or fastest solution when redecorating, but it can add a personal touch to your home while putting in a new piece of furniture or decoration. And when it’s time to add a new light fixture where there wasn’t one before, or replace an old one, you might be asking what the best light fixtures you can make yourself are.

The short answer is that there are a lot of lights you can put together yourself to make a truly unique light fixture option in your home. But to really understand all of your options, you’re going to have to take a look at these DIY light fixtures that are legitimately doable. Some of them might require more experience, but others can be done by beginners. There’s really no excuse not to try at least one of these truly DIY options.

1. Rope-Wrapped Lamp

Even the most inexperienced crafter can tackle this up-cycled lamp. All you need is some inexpensive rope, a hot glue gun, and a lamp you won’t mind permanently changing.

2. Wood Veneer Sphere Lamp

This one requires a bit more focus and experience, but it’s still a relatively easy DIY light fixture to tackle if you have done similarly intricate projects before.

3. Bucket Light

While this bucket light project is definitely for the experienced DIY-ers out there, the benefits are impressive. You can make your own hanging lights in any dining area of your home and be the envy of all of your neighbors and guests.

4. Wire Basket Sconce

Whether you need them for indoor or outdoor use, you can use a wire basket and a pendant light to make these totally refurbished sconces.

5. Bottle Chandelier 

If you already have tons of beer or wine bottles lying around, then clean them out and consider tackling this light fixture for your home. It won’t be easy and it might take more time than you’d prefer but it will be the most interesting thing in your home.

6. Cube Pendant Light

The best thing about this pendant light overhaul is that it can work in pretty much any room in your house.

7. Globe Pendant Lights

If your kid happens to be a geography buff, this is another option for a light fixture in your home that originated as a simple pendant light. All you need is a pendant light and a globe which is carefully cut in half.

8. Chicken Wire Light

There aren’t many inexpensive DIY projects that won’t work well with chicken wire and this light pretty much proves that. You’ll also need a pendant light kit to go with it and some other odds and ends, but it will likely look like something you bought rather than made yourself.

9. Mason Jar Hanging Light

The mason jar is another thing you can’t go wrong with when it comes to crafting. Naturally, there is a mason jar hanging light fixture you can put together yourself. For this one, however, feel free to get however much outside help you’ll need to do it safely.

10. Wine Bottle Sconce

As long as you thoroughly clean out the wine bottles before you delve into this project, you should be golden. And since it involves an open flame, you should always exercise caution, but there’s no denying how much sconces like this could upgrade your deck or patio for next to nothing out of pocket.

11. Farmhouse Lights

There’s no denying that these lights require plenty of experience and even expertise. But just like the other DIY light fixtures on this list, they are totally doable if you’re capable or at least know a guy who knows a guy who happens to be.

12. Pallet Light

What would a roundup of the best DIY affordable light fixtures be if there wasn’t a pallet light of some kind? And it gets bonus points for being one that will look like you spent a small fortune on it when you really didn’t.

At first glance, some of these projects might seem a little more intimidating than others. And to be fair they aren’t all made for beginners to tackle right off the bat. But if you have a little experience and a lot of patience, you can take on some of these yourself and take credit for the new light fixtures in and around your home. And the best part is, you won’t spend an arm and a leg to do it.