Circa 3300 BC, the very first illuminating device was created: the oil lamp. It was like a traditional diya made with red clay, with a deep hollow for the oil to be poured in and a wick at the edge to be lit.
Since then, along with the world, lamps have evolved a lot: there are fluorescent lights, neon lights, LED lights, dim lights and colorful lights.
Where would be be without fairy lights twinkling on New Year’s, without traffic signals and without special reading lights?
And where would we be without glittery disco balls and violet concert lights?
There are several unconventionally beautiful, uniquely eye-catching and heart-stopping lights around the world, all thanks to technological evolution.
From the Falkirk Wheel in Scotland, dressed up for Christmas:
To this ship we will all probably be ready to board anytime in our lives:
To, finally, this photo of festive lights in Singapore:
It’s a shame that we can’t have such lights at our own houses, right? It would be absolutely wonderful if we could.
In fact…… we most definitely can do this.
There are some pretty easy and uncomplicated methods to go about prettying your household: you can simply stick vinyl stickers on your lampshades, or paint on them with different colors so that different shades of lights are created. You can cover them with glitter, or you can write on them with paint or pens. You could even make the Batman logo.
If you’re planning to paint bulbs or tubes, then make sure to use glass paints, not acrylic paints. Acrylics aren’t heat resistant and will pose a threat if used.
If those options don’t strike your fancy, then fear not, for we have many more.
In fact, bottles are very versatile when it comes to making lights.
- You can paint them in whichever designs you like: logos of your favorite superheroes, quotes from your favorite books, caricatures of your favorite cartoon characters, Pokemon, abstract art, color templates from your favorite kind of weather, whatever.
- You can paint seven different bottles separately in the colors of the rainbow and light them all up together.
You can spray them with glitter to create sparkling patterns.
- You can glue the underside of a flat, translucent bottle to the head of a torch, fill it with water, close it, and switch the torch on. The effect will be stunning: diffused glows in the hues of the color of the bottle, and bonus points if you paint the bottle to make different lights shine out! Even better– fill it with glycerin and glitter and some filler such as tulle or organza, and you’ll have your own glow bottle!
- Fairy jars work essentially the same way– take a bottle or a jar, make sure it’s spotlessly clean from the inside, and paint its inside with glow-in-the-dark paint. Leave the bottle (or jar) in the sun for a few hours, and its ready to use! Every time the glow fades away you can just leave it out in the sun. And if you want to take this to the next level, you can simply paint the outside with glass paints or acrylics to achieve a multicolor effect.For reference, here is how you could paint a lampshade with glass paints:
Now on to the more professional stuff.
1. Attach candle holders to lights.
This works great with the yellower lightbulbs. All you do is find a candle holder maybe 1mm larger in diameter (or diagonal) than the biggest part of your bulb, and slip it up to fit the bulb inside snugly. If you don’t have a candle holder, you can simply make your own with thick tinted paper or cardboard.
Maybe like this:
2. Channel your inner Jeeves and Wooster!
If you are fans of the hilarious duo of Jeeves and Wooster, then this one is for you! Designed after the most comedic double act of all time by Wodehouse, all you need to do for this DIY is pierce a hole big enough for the cable to fit through. The bulb should be first placed inside the hat, and the cable should be pulled outside through the hole (if you try to fit the bulb in through the top you’ll have to pierce an unnecessarily large hole).
3. Turn your house into a whimsically beautiful aquarium.
The basic process will be the same as the one in the aforementioned idea, only you’ll use different materials. If your light already has hemispheres as lampshades, then all you need to do is cover them with organza (or tulle) cloth in whichever colors you like, then cut out some strips from the same cloth to attach to the edge of the lampshade to create a jellyfish-like effect!
If you don’t have lampshades, then again, you can make some.
Blow up a balloon and cover its larger end with thick paper in the shape of a hemisphere as large as you want, such that the balloon is fit snugly inside the paper, and paint over the edge of the paper with glue. Let it stay for a couple of hours, then prick the balloon so that it compresses to the top of your little half sphere, and voila! If you need to, you can support the shape from the inside by using some wiring.
4. Go modern rustic.
I suppose this one is pretty self-explanatory. You can play around and use a combination of differently colored lights, and you can let some of them fall down a little bit like aerial roots.
5. Sleep among the clouds.
This absolutely, breathtakingly beautiful creation is as easy as it is stunning: all you need to do is pull some cotton apart and light stick it to a bulb in whichever shape you prefer. That is IT. If you want, you can drizzle some glitter onto the cotton for an extra glimmer, sparkly effect.
6. Turn trash into craft.
If you have way too many plastic spoons and have no idea what to do with them, well, you cut the bowl parts off them and stick them to a bottle that carries a lamp inside. Genius, isn’t it? Additionally, if you haven’t accumulated a startling number of spoons, you can glue paper strips in different shapes to the bottle to create something like a piñata or a starburst effect.
7. Play around with paper.
Aforementioned starburst effect!
8. Have a legitimate reason to eat several cupcakes.
Again, just make a few cuts on the flat surface of the wrapper and slip your choice of light into it.
9. Stay in the woods with fireflies glittering above.
Fairy lights and a bunch of twigs. That’s all.
10. Don’t miss the sight of your favorite skyline even when you’re asleep.
You can make a lampshade and pierce holes into it with a divider from a geometry box, or you can paste a paper you’ve already pierced onto a lampshade. You can pierce bottles, cupcake wrappers, anything. You can make skylines or you can make constellations. It’s all up to you and what you like.