Today I want to share a DIY project with you. This is my second attempt at making a string lamp. The first one I made about 2 years ago collapsed on me after a few months. I wasn't sure why but it was either not wrapped tightly enough or the thread was synthetic and didn't absorb the glue properly.
So after we had a bare bulb hanging of our double height ceiling for ages I finally got my act together and had another go.
For anyone looking at making one, it's pretty easy but does require a bit of time and lots of patience.
You will need:
a gym ball (or if you want to do a mini version a balloon or any deflatable ball will do)
1 packet of wallpaper glue
about 5 rolls of cotton wool yarn (I used crochet wool at 1 Euro each)
- First cover the entire ball in vaseline (this helps prevent the wool sticking to it when you deflate it.
- Draw a round circle of about 15cm to leave for the opening.
- Mix your wallpaper glue in a bucket and soak the wool in it.
- Start wrapping tightly. (I did this while the ball sat on a bucket)
- The tighter you wrap the ball the stronger the lamp will be.
- Leave to dry for at least 2 days.
- Deflate the ball and pull it out.
- You can wash and re-use your gym ball afterwards.
Turning the shape into an actual lamp was my husbands superb job. Being an electrical engineer he's very good in that department. I'll try and explain how he put the fitting in, but I suggest you get it done by someone who knows what they are doing to prevent injury.
We used a white metal ring that sits inside the opening and is about 2 cm wider than the opening. I attached the ring to the lamp with thin cotton thread. We used a basic fitting from IKEA and attached it to the ring with some wire. I would also recommend using a dimmable bulb as that makes for a much nicer light at night.
Even though they are having a bit of a revival, string lamps have been around for a long time. I remember having a small one in my kids bedroom that my mum and dad made with coloured string - that was in the 80s.
Moooi sells this style of lamp if you don't want to go through the hassle of making one.