Whether it's made from coffee cups or secondhand books, we're big fans of one-of-a-kind lighting made from eccentric recycled materials. Combining a sizeable birdcage and chandelier-style lighting, we first spotted this attractive idea of the "birdcage chandelier" over at luxury furnishings company Restoration Hardware.
Lovely it is, but theirs is an expensive reproduction version costing around US $2,500, so we went on to find other more affordable versions that even an enterprising do-it-yourselfer could potentially make -- just as Jesyka D'Itri Marés did over at Craftzine, turning her wedding decor into unique lighting:
DIYer Lauren posted her own pared-down US $40 version at Better Homes and Gardens, indicating that "All you need is a standard pendant light fixture, chicken wire (painted black), faux birdies, and some fun shaped twigs from your yard! And Woila! A little taste of Spring all year round in your home!"
Another re-purposed birdcage lamp by PSPCA (Philadelphia Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), seen over at Design Squish, which uses a tasteful curtain to help diffuse the light:
For those who don't have the time to trawl vintage stores or junk yards, but want to support handmade industries, on Etsy JudisLamps offers a beautiful white-painted version that costs US $225:
These are but a few of the many sweet and flighty lights we've seen out there, but to be sure, adding lights to vintage objects is one great way to re-use what may not seem reusable at first. For more lighting ideas, check out our related links.