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Creative and Affordable Lighting For A Teen Bedroom

Last year I talked about transitioning my daughter’s tween room into a space that functioned better for  her teen years.
I admit I have been dragging my heels on this because 1/ I have bigger design issues to deal with in this house (hello threadbare wood floors and 80s tiled foyer), 2/ I don’t want to spend any money on this room (see #1) and 3/ I’m not so good at letting my kids grow up.
( #3 is really THE issue 🙂 )
When my mom offered Hannah her full-size, brand new guest room bed, I on a whim listed Hannah’s twin bed on our local Facebook yard sale site and it sold immediately, and now we suddenly find ourselves knee deep in a teen room makeover frenzy.
One of the new things we’re incorporating are lights over Hannah’s new bed and we’re weighing our options. There are SO many fun and inexpensive things you can do with lighting!!
At less than $2 for a 16″ globe, paper lanterns are super affordable and easy to hang from the ceiling with fishing wire. A remote controlled LED light eliminates the plug-in cord and streamlines the look, and at $7.75 it still keeps the total light cost under $10.
Paper lanterns don’t give off a ton of light but they do give a room a soft cozy feel.
I think they are cute on their own but there are SO many creative and pretty things you can do to modify them.

Dyed coffee filters cut into petals to create a chrysanthemum.

{Aunt Peaches}

{Crafty Nest}

{Martha Stewart}

This is a coffee filter covered paper lantern.

I love how oversized and unexpected it is in this dining room!

I talked my friend Jackie into making a couple of these coffee filter paper lanterns for her daughter’s 13th birthday room makeover.
This was the inspiration room that her daughter Alli loved, 
with the Shimmer Pendants from PB Teen ($179 a pop!)….
{PB Teen}
….and here are the coffee filter lanterns – a fun (and much less expensive!!) alternative!
(I mounted a sepia photo of Alli as Clara in the Nutcracker using this method.)
Along the same lines, this is another great DIY – a pendant light converted to a globe made out of doilies. I love how feminine, pretty, and boho chic this is.
I thought about making DIY “capiz shell” lights for Hannah’s room….

….maybe in pink?

I also love love love love love the crystal lights that the 
fabulous Julia of Cuckoo4Design made from an ordinary light fixture!
Isn’t this gorgeous??


Bethany of Dwellings By Devore created beautiful high end looking sconces from an Ikea light.

{Dwellings By Devore}

I also love this idea of using Ikea metal planters as light shades – like the doily, so feminine and lovely, especially with the light on. 

{Robert van Piggelen via Ikea Hackers}

The Ikea lights I hacked for our bedroom have worked out great and at $14.99 each, they work with my very small budget for this room refresh.

Hmmmmm….decisions, decisions……

I’m thinking another Ikea hack will be the winner.

I’ll keep you posted!

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Tuesday 15th of September 2015


I LOVE your header!!!!!! So pretty! And thanks for the great light ideas. :)

Happy New England day!


Kris Jarrett

Friday 11th of September 2015

Did you write the post just for me? I'm going to finally redo my oldest daughter's room soon and new lighting is definitely on the list (she has the ugliest overhead light!). I love your IKEA hack light in your bedroom - figure out a similar one for a teen room so I can copy, okay? :)

pam {simple details}

Thursday 10th of September 2015

Oh my goodness, how will you ever choose!! Such a great round up of awesome DIYs and fun project! We loved your IKEA Hack you inspired, hopefully I'll get photos soon, we were waiting on custom pillows. :)