Made Our Own Light

The previous owner had a pendant light that we really liked, but it wasn’t part of the sale. So we thought, ‘No biggie, we’ll just buy one.’  It didn’t take us long to find it on Design Within Reach

Random Light - Small

Nice right?  Yeah, about $2140.00 nice!  J & I just about fell off our chairs when we saw the price.  Sure, I can put in extra weekend shifts to buy a lamp, but WHY WOULD I?!?  So as we were searching around the web for cheaper versions, we stumbled upon a DIY site, teaching you how to make your own string pendant lamp.  J was all over it.

Since I had nothing to do on a thursday afternoon, I thought I’d give it a shot.  I initially started with acrylic yarn that proved to be too heavy.  It also didn’t help when the balloon began deflating before the yarn dried.

Failed first attempt.

Materials you need: thin cotton strings, fabric stiffener, and a 3' balloon. You can get everything at an arts and crafts store like Michaels. The balloon from a party store.

Soak the strings in fabric stiffener.

Wrap the strings around the inflated balloon. Trick is to inflate the balloon a little more after wrapping the strings to ensure strings are taut. Then you let it hang dry (preferably in a warm sunny room to keep balloon from deflating, or you can place a space heater underneath).

Truffalo, not a space heater, decided to settle right under it.

When the strings dry, start teasing them away from the balloon. Make sure to do this before the balloon starts deflating too much, as it would pull the strings inward.

Once the entire balloon has been teased away, pop the balloon, and attach the pendant to to a pendant kit (can be found on Amazon for less than $15).


All for $34. Now that's design within reach.

This one is actually for the kitchen. J's making a bigger one for the foyer, and we'll swap it once it's completed.

So now the question is, how much are you willing to pay for a pendant light like this?

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5 Responses to Made Our Own Light

  1. Vy says:

    I’ll take one for free, thank you.

  2. myblankeynme says:

    wow! you guys are fancy and impressive! I would like one for free too. Thanks! Send it over!

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