Tuesday, 28 May 2013

DIY Recycled Light Pendants

After visiting plenty of lighting stores trying to find a present for my mother for her birthday, I was overwhelmed by the vast range of decorative fittings in each shop. However, I did not find the type of light that I was looking for. So, I decided to create a decorative pendant light myself. I have chosen some of my favourites and posted them below, with some instructions on how to make them. 

Lighting is like jewellery, as it can make the final touch to an amazing outfit or as in the interior aspect, a key aspect within your decor space. 

Got a day to do nothing, or a fun activity?
These DIY lights below only take a couple of hours to complete.

A great way to update the appearance of your home is for renewal of interior lighting. By creating a bold pendant, lamp or chandelier, creates a new atmosphere to your surroundings.

This is a little fun and colourful project using ping pong balls and food colouring to create a playful pendant light. 
- Fill a bowl with 3/4 full of water and put a few drops of food colouring into the bowl. Place the pingpong balls in and dry with papertowel. (30 balls per 6 rows)
-Drill small hole with needle into opposite end of each ball. Using nylon thread make garland knots one end first then pulling thread through each ball.
-Tie the wire up against the last ball then attach to the lampshade structure.
-Repeat with each row and hang from a pendant light string

Pendant Lighting is a sophisticated lighting solution ideal for illuminating large spaces. Pendant Lighting provides visual appeal by day and unique design features by night. 

You need: 1 gym ball,2x balls of cooking twine, gloves, PVA glue, pendant light.
-Start to glue your twine and simply start randomly placing the string firmly around the balloon in different directions.
-Spread some more glue evenly if required.
-Spray with fabric stiffener to make the string stiff.
-Cut a hole in the top of the ball and deflate the ball, pull the ball out and replace with an old lamp fitting
-Place the pendant light and attach to ceiling

Whilst living on a farm for most of my life I found old glass bottles, broken plates, picture frames, wooden planks, lots of wire and animal bones. Most weekends my brothers and sister would drive around the farm searching for 'treasure' and create new creations e.g, chairs, lights, chandeliers, boxes, or mosques on pipes to put in the garden. 

This is wine bottle chandelier, using parts of a wine barrel, wine bottles, light bulbs on a string. 
Laser cut the bottom of the bottles on an angle. having the bottom open allows you to fit the light fitting and bulb. 

This faceted paper pendant light is definitely in my top favourite list ever. This not only looks amazing with the lights off, it looks incredible when the light is on too. I remember making these when I was a little kid and colouring them in and writing silly things inside. Being round you would think the light would be obstructed but it doesn't. The difference in density of the paper folded gives a various visibility of lighting as well as an visual effect on the walls and ceilings.
This one is a lot more time consuming then the other lights but its definitely worth it.

Reusing different objects from around your home can enjoyable and inspiring. Here, a old woven basket has been used as a pendant. It is extremely simple and quick, yet looks very effective and unique.

You just need any woven basket or any basket of your choice..
Get a light fitting and cut an exact hole in the top.
=) you got yourself the easiest pendant light.

These thick brown string pendants really make a statement within the space. They definitely are the focal point. I thought this would be great in our house because we live on a farm and our house reflects country living.

The steps to making this is pretty much similar to the picture with the white string.. (four pictures above)

This tree branch is a great decorative pendant to put on display outdoors during Spring or Summer as it creates a fairy land atmosphere. Great with sunsets, drinks, cheese, wine and friends.

It is an easy DIY light. All you need is an umbrella frame spray painted white with Christmas lights twisted and drapes on each arm. 
The best option is to chose Christmas lights with a battery operated box as you dont have to put cords through the roof or use extension cords.




  1. These are beautiful! I would love to hear more details about making the wine bottle chandeliers!

  2. Nice ideas! Thanks for saving me from having to go Pinterest ;)

  3. Terrific selection of ideas here, and really well curated and then put together, if that makes sense. It's a full page of meaty and great ideas. Thanks very much. From what I've read and been told, the newer string lights, and especially the led ones are much safer, and less hot than the more dangerous older models.

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