The inspiration: I saw this beautiful lamp in a designer catalog for $300. Surely, being the thrifty type I am, I’m not paying prices like this! And so I set out to make my own version of the lovely lamp. My decor is mostly gray, white and beige neutrals with bright pops of
aqua and plum. (designer speak: technically, it’s robin’s egg blue and aubergine!) So white seemed like the best color option, not to mention the brightest option for a lamp shade, to best allow light through.
- 1 large punch-balloon (the annoying kind attached to a rubber band that kids punch)
- a bottle of modge podge
- 1 skein (or so) of yarn
- 1 Ikea Hemma cord with bulb socket (Looks like an extension cord that ends in a bare bulb.)
- a large bowl small bucket, paper towels and drop cloths
- Helpful: a buddy
- Lay out drop cloths. Blow up the balloon to fullest capacity. Coat in Vaseline. Ew. (Bad memories of a bloated pregnant belly, circa 38 weeks!)
- Mix together 50/50 blend of modge podge and water in a large bowl or small bucket. Unravel several yards of yarn into the bucket, careful not to tangle things up. Clip it from the skein. Let it soak for a moment.
- Wrap the balloon in yarn, rotating and moving in every direction. Leave a space open at the top of the shade for insertion of the light bulb. Here’s where your buddy comes in handy! It’s a wet, slimy process. Repeat steps 2-3 until your balloon is mostly covered, yarn runs in every direction and you’re satisfied with the design. Keep in mind that less yarn makes a brighter, harsher light, more yarn makes a softer glow. Likewise, lighter yarn means more light, darker yarn is more opaque. So perhaps darker yarn necessitates less revolutions with the yarn.
- Suspend to dry.
- Release the air from the balloon and use wire to attach the Hemma cord/bulb to the shade. Hang and enjoy!