12 Projects of Christmas | Project #9 DIY String Ball Chandelier
Ball Pendant Lamp
At Color Cord Company, we love a good project for the holidays (or for any day off, really). For this DIY light fixture project, we created a dramatic globe-shaped light fixture using yarn, Mod Podge, and a balloon. Wondering how to make your own DIY string ball chandelier? Follow along as we take you through each step of the ball pendant lamp project here!
- Cloth-Covered Electrical Cord
- 3-Port or Custom Canopy
- Rounded Metal Socket Covers
- Basic Ivory Sockets
- Metal Barrel Male Cord Grips
- Round Swag Hook
- Mod Podge
Your cloth-covered cord and yarn can be any color you want! Create a matching DIY string ball chandelier with analogous or contrasting colors – it’s all up to you!
Step 1: Prepping
There aren't many steps to this DIY string ball chandelier project, but there is some prep work to complete. First, we started by inflating a balloon, pouring Mod Podge into a medium-sized container, and dipping our yarn into the Mod Podge.
We also traced the circumference of a 3-Port Ceiling Canopy on the top of the balloon to ensure we have enough space to suspend a light bulb and fixture inside the string ball.
Step 2: Wrapping the Balloon
Wrap your balloon in the Mod Podge-soaked yarn. Work in opposing and random directions to get the dramatic texture and look you want! You don’t have to completely hide the balloon with the yarn, as you want to ensure that light can shine through the holes.
We recommend letting the yarn dry as long as possible. It may take longer than you think! We had to let the balloon and yarn sit overnight before it was dry for the next day.
Step 3: Wiring A 3-Port Ceiling Canopy
Your 3-port ceiling canopy and DIY string ball chandelier light fixture should come with all the parts and accessories you need to properly wire the pieces together. Check out our video on How To Wire Ivory Sockets for all the details.
Step 4: Popping the Balloon!
This step was simple and gratifying! Pop it with a pin and the string should be dry enough to hold its shape. Now, gently clean out any remaining Mod Podge and balloon residue.
Step 5: Assessing Pendant Lengths & Installation
Before we secured our pendant to our canopy, we assessed the length we needed for a tasteful suspension inside the string ball. Then, we set the canopy set screws on each of the three ports. Finally, install and enjoy!
Light It Up!
We are in love with how our DIY string ball chandelier turned out. What do you think of it? Did yours turn out like ours? Share your photos with us!
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