DIY – Thread ball lamp

DIY - How to create a perfectly round thread ball lamp

I really like thread ball lamps. They look amazing, cost little to make and would fit perfectly in my interior. So for my new home I decided to make one. I found a tutorial over at Pickles but I wanted my tread ball lamp to be perfectly round. This tutorial shows you exactly how to create a perfectly round thread ball lamp.

See how to make this thread ball lamp, including pictures, after the jump. . .

What you need for this thread ball lamp

– about 250 meters of yarn
– yoga ball
– scissors
– household wrap plastic
– strong wallpaper glue
– rice paper lamp
– duct tape
– wire cutter
– sharpie

DIY - How to create a perfectly round thread ball lamp

How to make this perfectly round thread ball lamp

1. Wrap your yoga ball in household wrap plastic. This way your thread will not stick to the ball. Use some yarn and the duct tape to hang the ball on the ceiling. You may want to do this in a place that can get dirty. Because this project will get messy!
2. Get your yarn and put it trough the wallpaper glue. This is your fabric stiffener. I did a few meters every time so it will not become one big knot.
3. Wrap the tread around the ball. Make sure you leave a circle shape at the top. Cut out the round piece of metal on top of your rice paper lamp and put this on top of your yoga ball. This is the circle you need to leave open. If you want to you can draw around it with a sharpie.
4. When the thread is dry you can remove it from the ball. I waited a day before doing this. Just pull the plug of your yoga ball and let the air out. Remove the yoga ball and the household wrap plastic. Your rice paper lamp has now to pieces of metal. The round piece you just cut out and a larger piece that you normally would put between the top and the bottom of the lamp. Cut off the larger piece around an inch below the top on both sides. Put the pieces that you cut off between the little holes on the circle shaped piece and bend the metal so it will stay put. Use small pieces of thread to secure the circle to the thread ball.
5. Hang your new thread ball lamp and be amazed! XO Wilma

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    August 3, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Cool! I really love the perfect round shape.
    One of my plans is to use such a yogaball to make a big tealight-holder, through papermache. That too would make a mess and i am postponing it for the time being (i think its a perfect project for the winter-period).
    Love your site, great projects.

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    March 22, 2016 at 4:24 am

    Okay, I love this so much, if mine doesn’t turn out I Will have to kidnap you and make you make it for me! No one shall be harmered as long as I get this amazing lamp!

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    June 22, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Lovely. I would like to make a cat basket using the same concept. How sturdy is your lamp?

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    Hi! great post! Could you tell me what brand you use? Everything I can find in my city is either too thick and fluffy or not white (like beige unbleached butcher twine) I bought that and bleached it and it came out cream coloured and puffy. 🙁

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    May 1, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Hey the part about fixing the wire for the bulb to be fixed is the part that’s really confusing for me and I haven’t managed to do it! Could you if possible maybe put up a of you just showing that part?

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