Monday, May 7, 2012

Yarn Ball Lamp

I've been wanting to redecorate (or I guess just decorate) our boring basement since we moved in. Originally, we just threw stuff in the basement if we didn't want it upstairs. After living here for almost 4 years, we've found that the basement is a nice space to hang out as a family, but right now it's less than inviting. We want to change that! I put together an inspiration board on Pinterest to get us started, and have been working on updates/projects ever since...


A small project I recently accomplished was this hanging string light for my office space. It replaced a hanging lampshade made from balsa wood that my youngest brother made as a boy scout. I loved that lampshade but it was falling apart and needed to be replaced, so I checked out a couple tutorials for making string balls on Honest to Nod and Parents.com, and got to work...


I started by unraveling a bunch of yarn into a large bowl. I chose Lion Brand cotton yarn in Seaspray, and bought a large 236 yard skein. I didn't even use half of it to wrap my 10 inch beach ball - a smaller skein would have worked just fine.


For the fabric stiffener I used Elmer's Glue-All. Worked really well, and it's cheap...only about $1.00 at Target. I used a yarn needle to poke a hole in a small plastic cup and ran my glue saturated yarn through that to remove the excess glue.


I wrapped the yarn around the ball and let it dry overnight. Once it was dry, I deflated the beach ball and carefully removed it through the large hole I left in the bottom for changing light bulbs. (Check out the Parents.com tutorial for more information about that.)


I attached it to the Hemma cord set from Ikea that I had been using with my balsa wood lampshade, and hung it in my office.


Doesn't light up the room, but it's good enough for when I need a little extra light above my work table. So that's one thing I can cross off my list...


Oh, and in case you're wondering...here's a sneak peek at a couple other projects I'm working on...



1 comment:

  1. I just found this tutorial on pinterest and I love it! Looks great!

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