DIY Lighting Ideas: 10 Affordable DIY Projects for Expensive-Looking Modern Lights

If a light fixture adds light and warmth to a room, a sleek, modern one adds a touch of sophistication and style. But not everyone can afford the price tags some modern lamps, pendants and sconces come with. No fear! These ten DIY lighting projects are affordable and will leave you with a light-up home accessory that will look like it came from a pricey store!

Pictured above: It's the combination of concrete and copper in a sleek profile that makes this lamp DIY found on Brit + Co so stylish and modern looking.

Poppytalk shows you how to make a seriously stylish hanging pendant out of leather strips.

It's simple but minimally modern; this copper wall sconce seen on morestomach looks great.

If you're looking for an industrial-looking floor lamp that won't cost an arm and leg, this project spotted on How About Orange will do the trick.

This sleek and circular light fixture would look great in just about any room. Spotted on Kristi Murphy.

Lighted, this geometric lamp made of cardboard is impressive; off, and you might want to give it a finish to make it look a little more store-bought. But it's a great base to experiment with. On Instructables.

These origami-inspired DIY hanging pendant lights are so adorable! Seen on LUDORN.

Using a found and affordable light fixture and adapting it to be a modern-looking wall sconce, you could do the same with the instructions found on Nalle's House.

Another stylish and lovely bare-light bulb and cord wall sconce look to add to your home! As seen on The Homesteady.

It's made of concrete, wonderfully rough and a sleek shape. And it's a light you could make yourself! Spotted on Instructables.

Another project that takes a really affordable and blank base — in this case an affordable IKEA pendant light kit — and punches up the personality with a custom color! Spotted on LuLu's.

What's the most expensive-looking modern DIY lighting project you've seen recently? Share below! (And add whether you tried making it or not!).

(Image credits: Brit + Co; Poppytalk; morestomach; How About Orange?; Kristi Murphy; Instructables; LUDORN; Nalle's House; The Homesteady; instructables; LuLu's )