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7 Ways To Jazz Up A Naked Light Bulb

Willing to throw some shade? Here are some easy and cheap lamp projects you can try out yourself.

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Photography: James Pond for Unsplash

Are you stuck in a rental or a just-turned-over condo unit and all your lighting fixtures are naked light bulbs—but you don’t have the cash for a fancy pendant lamp?

Look no further than the items you have lying about your home. With a little elbow grease, you can create unique lamps that would immediately personalize your space. Here are some ideas we gleaned from some intrepid Instagram DIYers: 

Kitchen-kitsch

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As the one who posted this photo mentioned, she was relieved to have recovered these quirky kitchen-tool-droplights after her marriage ended. Want to make your own? Dagny Madamba shows us how—just click on the link below.

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READ: DIY Quirky Droplight

Throw a sheet over it

Simply throwing a piece of fabric can create an ethereal effect. Important note—you must attach a (bare) wire lampshade frame first, so that the fabric won’t touch the bulb directly. Use a sheer fabric for best results.

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Rewire in color

Changing up the wiring to a brightly colored cord would help you create a hipster-style lighting fixture. This works best with industrial-style filament bulbs. You can buy different-colored fabric light cords at Dimensione.

Be a basket case

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Another take on the kitchen theme—use an upside down colander (wire or plastic are both okay) to use as a lampshade. See a fine example of the colander lamp by clicking on the house tour below.

READ: A 28sqm Condo In Taguig With Fun, Industrial Touches

Light-cycle

This is a great lamp idea for spinning addicts or bikers. Make sure you get an old bike tire with a hole that could fit your bulb’s socket.

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Imaginary lamp

Remember the yarn art you used to do in grade school? Use the same principle to create an “imaginary lamp” silhouette for a wall-mounted light bulb. Want to try your hand at yarn art first? Click on the link below.

READ: Craft Darth Vader Wall Art In 6 Easy Steps

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Toy with it

This mom hand-glued her child’s toys onto what appears to be a spray-painted wire lampshade. It’s a great DIY project for a kid’s room (you can have them help out, too).

Caged glory

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This is one easy DIY lamp that could add a feminine touch to any room. You can buy affordable, decorative birdcages at Dapitan Arcade.

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