Truth be told, I don't really play around with electricity
myself. If we have a problem, I get on the phone with an electrician - pronto. But you know what? That might change - because I'm starting to think about making my own lamp.
Whether it's a start-from-scratch (with a lamp
kit) lamp, or a simple IKEA hack, there are lots of ways to make custom lamps that are fairly simple and straightforward (and not terribly dangerous). These ten lamps can be made at home with just a little artsy-craftsy skill - and they produce some cool results.
Click on the bold name of the lamp for a link to further information about how to make the lamp:
1. The feather lamp. This lamp, an IKEA sphere covered with tissue paper "feathers," is simple and produces a very cool effect.
2. The dedacahedron lamp.
This lamp, made with IKEA Lampan lamps, is a cool study in geometry.
3. The plastic spoon chandelier.
Inspired by this Daisake Hiraiwa's lamp, shown at the 2009 ICFF show, the plastic spoon lamp would be a cool mix of high and low art. The original
has tiny holes punctured in the spoons to diffuse light - but even whole spoons would make a great effect.
4. The twig lamp.
This twig lamp
requires a lamp kit - and a trip to the backyard to pick out some great branches.
5. The "potted plant" lamp.
This lamp was inspired by outdoor lighting
at the Savannah College of Art & Design - and has a great, simple profile that's perfect inside or out.
6. The bird stencil lamp.
Paint and a great stencil
turn this standard metal pendant into something really special.
7. The Lladro knockoff lamp.
This original is made from tiny metal pieces - and costs $90,000. A DIY version could be made with heavy paper and wire, plus a stencil cutter, for much, much less.
8. The Lego light lamp.
Legos might be the coolest thing ever - and these Lego light bulbs
prove it. A lamp constructed of Legos would be perfect for a modern playroom.
9. The felt petal lamp.
Adding petal-shaped felt pieces to an IKEA Melodi pendant lamp
creates a soft, feminine profile.
10. The cardboard lamp.
Inspired by a pricey vintage mid-century
piece, this simple lamp involves little more than a lamp kit, some cardboard, and a couple of wooden circles.