We have rounded up five of our favorite DIY lighting projects that we have made. These weekend lighting projects are easy to make, cost effective and have made a big difference in our home.

DIY Lighting Projects

Light fixtures, pendant lights, and table lamps can be expensive depending on the style you like. For some reason the style we like is always out of our price range. That is why DIY lighting projects are some of our favorites to tackle here at Gray House.

Brent and I love finding lighting options that we like and then figuring out a way to make our own in a similar style but for way cheaper. We have created knockoff versions of a pendant light from Rejuvenation and a table lamp from Urban Outfitters.

We have had to create DIY lighting projects as solutions to lighting problems we were facing. And then sometimes we work on lighting projects just to create a fun atmosphere. Whatever the reason, we love creating our own DIY lighting projects and today we are sharing five of our favorites we have worked on so far.

Our 5 Favorite DIY Lighting Projects

#1. Canopy of String Lights

DIY Lighting Projects
By far one of my favorite lighting projects and one of our most popular Gray House Studio projects to date is our canopy of string lights we created in our backyard. It is just as dreamy and magical as I had hoped. We love spending summer nights under these lights that were inspired by the backyard in Parenthood.

Our neighbors even created their own canopy of string lights in their backyard after seeing ours so at night when both backyards are lit up it looks awesome and is REALLY bright. Ha. We like our string lights so much that we also hung them around our family boat dock for our fall party last year.

☆ Check out our full tutorial on creating a canopy of string lights.

#2. schoolhouse pendant light

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When it came to creating our home library, we knew the old light fixture had to go and a schoolhouse pendant light was the perfect replacement. But the prices at the store were out of our budget. We couldn’t even really afford one let alone the two that we needed.

So we bought two vintage schoolhouse globes off of E-bay and got to work DIY-ing our own version of the one we had been eyeing at Rejuvenation. We were so happy with how they turned out and that we could make two for less than it cost to purchase one. They are the perfect addition to our home library.

☆ Check out our full tutorial on making a schoolhouse pendant light.

#3. DIY wooden wall sconce

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We haven’t worked on very many projects in our master bedroom yet but due to mismatched lamps that Jake the studio cat was constantly knocking over and putting holes in the lamp shades, we decided to try our hand at making our own wall sconces we could mount on the wall.

We wanted them to look modern and found that inexpensive ceramic IKEA pots made for the perfect lamp shades and all we had to do was drill a hole in the bottom of the pot for the light cord set to go through. Now we have matching lamps and they are safe from being knocked over by the cat.

☆ Check out more details on building a DIY wooden wall sconce.

#4. DIY wooden light fixture

DIY Lighting Projects
Who likes those silver builder’s grade light fixtures in the bathroom? Anyone? We hated ours and wanted to replace it with something more our style in our master bathroom. However, after taking it down off the wall we found that the electrical box was off centered.

We were forced to come up with a solution other than hanging two new light fixtures over each mirror like we had originally planned. Thus, the idea for a custom wooden light fixture was born. We were easily able to transform the old silver light fixture into a wooden one that matched our mirrors and even added some new Edison light bulbs for a fun touch.

☆ Check out our full tutorial on making a DIY wooden light fixture.

#5. DIY industrial table lamp

DIY Lighting Projects
Once we got the hang of drilling holes in ceramic pots, we came up with the idea to make a table lamp out of another type of pot from IKEA that had an industrial style to go in our home library. This one looked very similar to a lamp I liked from Urban Outfitters.

This project was inexpensive and only took a couple of hours to make but looks awesome sitting on our industrial shelves. It is probably the least complicated and fastest DIY lighting project we have done but was fun to make.

☆ Check out our full tutorial (including a video) on how to make our DIY industrial table lamp.

I’m sure there are many more lighting projects in our future and we can’t wait to come up with new ideas for our gym, dining room, kitchen and guest bathroom.

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DIY Lighting Projects