Edison bulb brings vintage look to DIY projects

Date:20-04-2016

When it comes to lighting up a room, Kari White has a vintage idea that can brighten a space while providing style and flair.
As head of the gifts and home decor department at Crafts Direct in Waite Park, White said one of the most popular trends in lighting right now isn't a fixture at all — it's a bulb. The store offers Edison bulbs, vintage-looking bulbs where the filament is visible.
"That look all around has been really popular for us for the last year," she said. "It's that urban rustic look, it's something neat, fun and different."
In the store, the bulbs are often combined with industrial metals, aged tins, wire and glass. Crafts Direct offers both tabletop and hanging lamp versions of the popular look. In addition, the store offers kits for do-it-yourself fanatics.
That's where people can really personalize the look, White said.
"It's a lot of repurposing, reusing product you already have," she said.
The light kit is made so do-it-yourself fans can simply screw the bulb into the socket and build the "shade."
Here are some creative examples for "shades" when using the kit. Just remember the cord will go through one end of the shade and the bulb will hang inside the other:
• Grab a Mason jar and drill a hole large enough to accommodate the wire from the hanging kit. The bulb hangs just inside the jar.
• Grab an antique lantern and open up the bottom to accommodate the bulb.
• Convert an old glass vase into a shade by drilling through the base to allow enough space for the hanging wire.
• Use a vintage pail, or old milk pail complete with text, and illuminate it from the inside.
• Turn a decorative bird cage into a conversation piece by stringing the bulb through the center.
• A chicken wire basket can serve as a shade, allowing lots of light to come into the room.
• A small wood crate with loose slats can serve as a shade, adding both style and warmth to a space.