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A chandelier is so much more than a light source. It sets the mood in a room. It presents an opportunity to infuse your style into a space. And it can also be a smart space-saver.

“I prefer using pendant lights in a bedroom, as it gives you more room to work with on your nightstands,” says Julie Sousa, a Boston-based content creator who shares brilliant DIY ideas on TikTok. “There’s nothing worse than not having enough room to put your water, phone, and whatever other knickknacks we tend to place on our nightstand before bed.”

Though the concept of a chandelier may bring to mind pricey, antique candelabras, Sousa and other creators have plenty of ideas for creating your own pendant light fixtures and making a statement on any budget.

Whether your aesthetic goal is vintage and moody or modern and bright, here are five inspiring DIY chandeliers from TikTok and Instagram.

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Sousa (@theavant_garde) says that she was inspired to create her midcentury-modern pendant lamps after happening upon some baskets at her local craft store. “I love using woven baskets as pendant shade covers. Another fun option is to find some bowls and turn them into pendant DIY chandelier shades by drilling a hole wide enough at the bottom.”

For this particular project, Sousa said that the process was super easy. “I used plug-in light pendants I found on Amazon, and because the basket weave was wider, I was able to gently shift them apart wide enough to be able to slide the pendants through before closing it back up. I then used Command hooks to hang them from the ceiling, and hid the wires that ran down the wall with covers.”

After hanging the lights, she decided to create contrast by painting the trim with acrylic black paint. The best parts of these modern pendants? They cost about $20 each.

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Abby (@makingitwithabby) was looking for an inexpensive light fixture for her daughter’s room when she decided to take matters into her own hands. The engineer and mom-of-four DIY’d a shag chandelier with retro vibes and tons of character. Here’s how she did it:

Abby used an existing semi-flush fixture and removed the drum shade. Then, she tied macramé cord around three different rings, brushed out the cord, trimmed the ends, and tied the rings together to make a three-tier ombré effect shade.

To create your own shag chandelier, Abby recommends hitting the thrift store to find a cheap fixture that can be easily modified or something with a removable dome or shade. She also notes that Amazon sells inexpensive light kits if you can’t find a used fixture. Be sure to use LED bulbs in your shag fixture so that it doesn’t become a fire hazard.

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One glance at the Scandinavian boho chandelier by Jessica Small (@fromgrittopearl), from Charlotte, North Carolina, and it’s easy to understand why it went viral. Blond wooden slats come together to form an intricate, elegant light fixture that happens to only look expensive. “It all came to me when I was hunting for a statement piece to hang in my newly revamped dining room,” she says. “I came across a website that held all the light fixtures of my dreams. One particular chandelier caught my attention but cost $1,200!”

To stay within budget, she decided to figure out how her dream light fixture was structured and build one herself.  For a full tutorial, check out her blog, From Grit To Pearl.

Small noted, “You could easily substitute and tweak this [DIY chandelier] to suit your needs,” she says. “There are so many different ways, shapes, and forms this chandelier could be made. Get creative and have fun with the process.”

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The most unexpected DIY chandelier is hands down the $4 light from @onthecheaptip.

When TikTok creator Rob “DIY Daddy” Rivera realized he needed a chandelier, he headed to the Dollar Tree in search of inspiration. There, he picked up some wire wreaths and clear pebble bath mats—the base for his modern chandelier.

First, Rivera used wire cutters to snip a slit in the top wreath to hang the wreaths on the pendant light. He then measured and cut the bath mat to fit around the rings. To glamp up the wreaths, he spray painted the wreaths gold. Rivera used picture wire to twist tie the bath mat to the wreaths. “I will admit, this did get a little frustrating, and I did have to take a moment to cry in the corner, but I’m glad I didn’t give up.”

Rivera finished the project by adding a leftover golden chain to the wire. The result was even better than expected—and you’d never guess that this modern light fixture began with a bath mat.

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Mannheim, Germany-based Instagrammer Nell (a.k.a. @creative.by.diy) finds inspiration in Nordic, Japandi, and wabi-sabi aesthetics. She had been thinking about buying a new lamp when it occurred to her: Why not make her own? Her DIY wrinkle lamp perfectly encapsulates her design influences—and it’s surprisingly easy to recreate.

First, gather materials: a suspension lamp (she sourced hers from Ikea); cotton fabric, such as an old bed sheet or tablecloth; textile hardener; and mesh wire to form the shape of the lamp shade. Start by wrapping the wire mesh into a cloud-like shape, leaving a hole in the center (a bit smaller than the base of the suspension lamp). Then, cut your fabric so that it completely covers the wire mesh and cut a hole in the center, where the lamp wires will eventually pass through. Brush one side of the fabric with the textile hardener on the underside and drape it on the wireframe. Allow your lampshade to dry for 24 hours and then it’s ready to hang. The perfectly imperfect wrinkle design adds a dreamy, artful touch to any room.

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