We can be inspired by one idea to then create something we’ve never imagined, simply by keeping our minds and eyes open.  This happened to me recently after watching episode 2 of “The Antonio Treatment” with designer/craftsman Antonio Balletore.  His assignment was to redesign a local Los Angeles pub Little Bar, and take the design aspect to the next level, all the while maintaining its neighborhood-friendly, east-coast vibe.  One of the many highlights of Antonio’s renovation was a funky-cool light fixture made from a recycled tin feeding bin. It struck a creative and reminiscent chord, transporting me to the days of the 1930’s, when my mom and her six siblings grew up on a Minnesota farm, raising animals and essentially living off the land.

See if you experience a “light bulb moment” with these great ideas for creating unique and functional light fixtures made from recycled materials.  With posted items on DiggersList, you’ve got a jump start to a fantastic weekend DIY project.

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Recycle your old blender into this quirky and fun table lamp for your kitchen or bar.

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A string of used utility lights combined with the blueprints of your last home renovation evolve into an inspired and creative light fixture sure to stand out as a personalized feature in any room. Go DIY with large balloons and paper mache.

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Turn an outdated country French chandelier into an updated country farm decorative light feature using colorful mason jars. Mount the jars upside-down (drill hole in lid) for a different take on the chandelier shown above.

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What better way to keep plastic bottles out of landfills and oceans by forming them into this magnificent piece of light art.

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Now that you’ve converted your incandescent bulbs to compact flourescents, no need to throw them out. This literal “light light” recycles and showcases the beautiful lines and practical functionality of Edison’s luminous invention.

Note: For available “how-to’s”, visit the websites listed and search “lighting”.

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