My living room has no overhead light and this annoys me. There is no wiring to hook anything up to either but I'm working on that.
I first grabbed a hanging plant hanger and tried to decoupage tissue paper to it but it didn't work. I was thinking of a Tiffany Lamp, so I got some white cotton fabric and bunched and sewed it to the plant hanger. Then I took a sharpie and drew in the lines of the hanger and colored some in. I used an Ikea light cord (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10175810
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It actually works pretty good and I get some great comments (That's fabric?)
I'd recently seen an awesome hanging bird cage light for $65 and really wanted it but thought I could make it for cheaper. I went to Tai Pan Trading and found a white bird cage that had a top I could easily remove to add the light and cord. I dremeled the top off and then spray painted it black, thought it would look better against the light. http://www.shopplasticland.com/store/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=P00819009&Category_Code=
It was a windy day and got paint everywhere so that was fun. I used the chain from the plant hanger and cut 3 5 inch pieces and bent them to the cage top with a center ring to add the part that hangs from the ceiling. Then I grabbed some unbleached cotton muslin and glued/sewed it to the inside to mute the light. I'd glue up about 5 bars, let it dry and then sew it onto the last bar then repeat.
While buying the bird cage I saw a small wooden bird and grabbed it too. I didn't really have a plan, maybe inside the cage or something. Hanging from underneath the cage sounded good so I drilled a hole in the top of the bird and pounded a hole in the bottom center of the cage and epoxyed some hooks. My drill bit was too big. After drying I connected the two with a short chain.
I actually used two of the Hemma cord sets because the fabric muted the light a little too much but it's done and looks fabulous.
$30 bird cage
$2 spray paint
$2 wooden bird