Chances are you've got all the fixings for some homemade light fixtures in your kitchen cupboard. Wire whisks, funnels, cheese graters, and even jelly molds stand ready to be transformed—and, in some cases, all you need are a few votive candles.
Above: Funnels—one left as is, one painted matte black—work well as pendant lights. Photograph by Christine Bauer.
Above: A Vintage Pendant Lamp Whisk by Etsy seller Modern Artifact Decor of Eugene, Oregon. This example has sold, but similar designs are available for $185.
Above: Upcycled Vintage Grater Lights by Benclif Designs of Atlanta sold on Etsy; inquire about availability.
Above: Wild shadows, anyone? Colanders are often given second lives as lamp shades. This Industrial Lace Colander Pendant Light is by Etsy vendor 4F Lighting of Oakland, California; $135.
Above: Vintage Jelly Mould Pendant Lights by UK bespoke lamp makers Folly & Glee are $89.11 each from Not on the High Street.
Above: To be filed under: Why didn't we think of that? A lineup of ladles propped with candles. Photograph via Hannas Sjarmerend Jul.
Above: Before there were salad spinners, there were salad baskets—and they make perfect lanterns. See Design Sleuth: French Wire Basket as Hanging Candleholder
Above: A trio of whisk tea lights. Note: The key is to source simple, sculptural wire whisks—and to be sure not to bump them. Photograph via Minha Casa.
For pendant lights made out of Italian aluminum molds, see New Jelly Mould Lights from Re-Found Objects in the UK. Looking for twinkly outdoor string lights? Gardenista has you covered. More projects? Check out DIY Ideas, including A New $60 Lindsey Adelman Pendant Light.