Unique Light Fixtures You Can Make In Minutes On the Cheap


These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.One of the things I find the most difficult to do on a budget is create unique light fixtures. Normal ones are pretty bleh and nice one’s are mega expensive. You can come up with your own ideas, and I’ve check out plenty, but that can be tricky due to safety reasons. We did that for our Outdated Kitchen Transformation Series . We used a large wire bowl that we painted white. Looks awesome. However, I had three other rooms that had plain old three bulbs with a round or square cover that were held on by a screw thing in the center.

I wanted to do something simple, inexpensive, yet unique and safe. Then, an idea hit me. Oil markers… the kind that are used for decorating crockery mugs and dishes, then baked to set the ink. You can find them all on Pinterest or a good search. Now, as I’ve said many times before,  I’m no artist so I needed something simple I could share with those of you who also might be like me.  (If you do happen to be an artist you can really go crazy with these!)  Pay attention to the pointers given then grab the color or colors you want and create your own custom light shade!

FYI For our living room and dining room we hit the thrift stores and bought two chandeliers fairly cheap. If you don’t mind a tiny bit of wiring you can read our post Ceiling Fan to Thrift Store Chandelier Makeover.

Unique Light Fixtures Supplies

SAFETY AND HEAT ISSUES Oil based pens have been very popular the last few years for drawing on crockery food ware then baking for approximately 30 minutes at 450 degrees to set it. It is then safe, including dishwasher safe. Hence they are the perfect medium to use for your glass light shades!

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NOTES: This is one of those projects that you can do with or without patterns.  If you’re like me and don’t have a lot of artistic skill then a pattern is a big help. But even I can put even dots or dashes or blocks around the edge of something and not have it look too bad so feel free to check out some of the ideas online others have done when drawing with oil markers on cups and plates. You just might find some designs you could do free hand.

I strongly suggest not covering your shade with a lot of paint.  Keep the design light and sparse or even just on the borders, otherwise it defeats the purpose of letting light through. Think of putting small images scattered around it or scallops or dots on the edges. Just something simple but unique. We’ve shown you what we’ve done to get you started and even given you a couple patterns. The cool thing is you can see through the glass and put a small pattern behind it needed to help you trace!

TRIANGLE ON SQUARE COVER

This is a 12.5″ square that is in my craft room whose main color is teal. I could not find the color teal in the normal sets so I had to buy a teal one just for this project. I used the pattern that is in the free download packet up top.

These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

Cut out your pattern. This is one corner. You can either print four of this page or print one and move it four times, which is what I did. These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

The paper will lay on the inside of your shade, but because your shade is convex it helps to cut it  in a few spots before taping it in place for tracing. These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

I just made a quick triangle cut myself but do whatever works so it fits down into the glass cover. Then lightly tape it in place.These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

Turn it over and paint in where you see the triangles. Keep in mind you can take artistic choice and add or not add what you feel is needed. These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

Once one corner is finished, remove the paper and align it again as before.These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

IMPORTANT: You will see that the triangles do not line up correctly on the overlap. Just decide for yourself where a triangle needs to go or does not need to go in on the overlap. Just do what looks good. These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

I actually placed a bottle underneath in some spots to help hold the paper against the glass while I was painting with my pen.These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

The finished glass cover.These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

FLOWERS ON CIRCLE COVER

This one is for my home office which has one of it’s colors as hot pink. I chose flowers.

These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

I cut out all the flowers into close squares.These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

I then taped them on the back of the glass cover, spacing them until it looked good to me. I then turned it over to check the layout.These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

I then took my pink marker and traced them, then filled them in except for the middle open area.These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

Then I removed all of the back patterns.These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

I added some small dots between all the flowers here and there.These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

This is the finished light cover.These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

COMPASS ON CIRCLE COVER

This is the compass light cover that goes in my library. My husband Roy helped with this one. He created the design and drew it on as his hand is steadier than mine.  Cut out both sides of the compass shape.

These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

Cut down into each line to the end, including the ones with triangles. These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

Here you can see all the cuts.
These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

The cuts help you to lay the pattern inside the glass convex light cover. Tape it into place.These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

Do the same on the other side. These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

Make sure the lines are straight and things look good. Then cut out the letters for North South East and West and place them where they will go. NOTE: You are going to hand draw a line from the outside edge of the shade. The letters will need to be in between that line and the inner circle line. You might want to wait to add the letters after you draw both lines. These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

Using a gold pen and your third finger as a guide against the outside edge of the glass cover, draw a line around the edge of the entire glass shade. I’d estimate about 1/2 an inch or a little more.  NOTE: BE CAREFUL TO NOT GET CUT IF YOUR SHADE IS ROUGH ON THE OUTSIDE EDGES. ALSO REMEMBER: Do not make the line too far into the shade as your letters have to fit between that line and the inner line. Like I stated, maybe 1/2″ or a little more. These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

Draw the inner circle line following the pattern.These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

Draw on the inner lines and triangles. These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

Chose a color for your letters and draw them on.  These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

Add three gold dots, evenly spaced, in between each set of letters. The best way to do this is to place a dot in the exact center between the letters, then add the other dots on each side.These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

This is the finished light cover.These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

FINALS FOR PINNING

These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own. These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own. These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own. These unique light fixtures are easy, safe and inexpensive to make. They're also perfect for renters. So grab our free patterns or create your own.

 

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