HOW TO CREATE A GLOBE LAMP SHADE

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

  • Medium sized plastic bowl to mix in
  • Fabric stiffener
  • Large inflatable plastic/rubber ball
  • Small bowl for tracing
  • Foam brushes
  • Rubber gloves
  • Scissors & x-acto knife
  • Pencil
  • Lighting kit

Step 1: In a medium sized plastic bowl, place ball/roll of yarn. Pour 1-2 bottles of fabric stiffener to cover and soak yarn completely, depending on how much yarn you have.

Step 2: Get creative and choose your shape for the shade. From your bowl of soaked string, pull out slowly and start to cover the diameter of the ball one time. Once both ends meet up, tie a knot at the top of the ball, make sure string is taught. Slowly, work the string around the ball in any random pattern…over and over again. Make sure it is pulled taught against the ball. Once the whole ball is covered, lightly coat the string on ball to stiffen string completely. Leave a few hours to dry.

Step 3: Once everything is dry and stiff, poke all open areas with ball showing through by using the eraser end of a pencil to detach string from ball. Cut a slit in the ball to let all air out, let the ball completely deflate.

Step 4: For ease of use, there must be a hand sized hole in shade to be able to change lightbulb.

Place a small bowl over the upper side of globe shade, down from the where the top hole will be and trace with marker. Then trace your circle with an x-acto knife. Pull out deflated ball through hole.

Step 5: Find or make a hole approx 1-1/12″ wide to be the top of fixture, feed the end of lighting kit through the big hole backwards until the plug is going through the top hole and the socket is balanced.

Step 6: Plug in light and turn on. Voila.

High style for under $20…

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