12 Fun Light Fixtures Made From Found Objects

Light fixtures are one of the most effective ways to put a personal stamp on your home. When there are more fittings available in the retail than you can sort through in a lifetime, there’s just another solution to have a stunning and unique lighting: make one from a found thing.

You can make a pendant or chandelier yourself using a pendant lighting kit, or possess a lamp manufacturer or electrician fashion one for you. (For those people who are DIY bunglers, like I’m, or are having difficulty finding the right object, I’ve mixed in a few not-exactly-one-of-a-kind fittings made of reclaimed objects that are available for sale.)

Rizzoli New York

A birdcage. A classic birdcage introduces a huge dose of texture and a conversation-starting contour over this dining table. Open your eyes to all kinds of sculptural objects that could choose a bulb or surround a chandelier.

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Propane tanks. These rusty old hemispheres add industrial nature to this sophisticated kitchen.

David Howell Design

A cable basket. The designers needed to add regional touches to this kitchen, located outside of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The basket round the bulb was a neighborhood find and was easily fashioned into a hanging cage for a lightbulb.

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Colors of Light

Rustic Wire Basket and Wood Chandelier

Economy baskets or classic egg baskets. This fixture is available retail, which means you can put the tools away. It’s created from market baskets, rope and wood, and was motivated by swings.

ZeroEnergy Design

A woven basket or wastepaper basket. This homeowner found that the wastepaper basket on clearance and built it into a textured pendant color for her skillet. It works really well with each one the natural fabrics and furnishings throughout her home.

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Resort Custom Homes

Antique chicken baskets. This homeowner created a striking pair of woven pendants from classic chicken baskets. When you look closely, you can observe they surround glass globes. This is a creative approach to revamp a light fixture that no longer appeals to you.

Jason Snyder

Reclaimed timber. This light fixture came from Roxanne’s Dried Flowers and is fashioned from attractively worn reclaimed wood.

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Charmean Neithart Interiors

Bottles. Within this Spanish resurrection kitchen, two classic wine bottles now serve up soft light and lovely reflections. You can find fixtures that are similar ready to go at Bobo’s Intriguing Objects.

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Blansfield Builders, Inc..

These bottle fixtures would be the ideal vintage for wine cellar light.

Whitney Lyons

Stylist Shannon Quimby made this linear chandelier with beer and wine bottles, and a bit of assistance from her handyman. Following the bottoms had been cut away, she sprayed them with glass sheeting and transformed them into a stunning fixture utilizing coil light kits out of Lowe’s.

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Pursley Dixon Architecture

Fishing traps. The designers found these light surrounds very locally; they are made from catfish traps discovered in the woods on the home.

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Tate Studio Architects

A reclaimed beam. This residence in Arizona is full of reclaimed hundred-year-old timber beams, which motivated this particular fixture. Working with a light professional, the design group dangled the beam out of rods and wrapped the cables of the hanging bulbs round it.

Edison Bulb with Quad Loop Filament – $15

Hint: If you’re exposing lots of the bulb, use a product like an Edison bulb to cut back on harsh glare. This bulb design is based on Thomas Edison’s unique invention, therefore it provides classic design to a fixture.

If you don’t know what it is you are doing when it comes to wiring, please hire a professional for security’s sake; I cannot stress this enough. No amount of savings is worth a wiring scenario in your home. However, if you do know what you’re doing when it comes to wiring, then check out how to hang a pendant lighting for further hints.

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