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DIY Yarn Lamp Globe

If you’re anything like me then you probably think that yarn can only be used for knitting.  Awhile ago I bought some thinking I’d learn how to knit but never quite got the hang of it, which left me with balls of yarn laying around unused. I stumbled upon this awesome DIY yarn lamp globe project.  The finished piece looks uniquely beautiful and reminds me of one of those birds nest lamps that cost an arm and a leg.  The decorative yarn globes and lampshade are easy to make and, best of all, inexpensive!
If you’re anything like me then you probably think that yarn can only be used for knitting.  Awhile ago I bought some thinking I’d learn how to knit but never quite got the hang of it, which left me with balls of yarn laying around unused. I stumbled upon this awesome DIY yarn lamp globe project.  The finished piece looks uniquely beautiful and reminds me of one of those birds nest lamps that cost an arm and a leg.  The decorative yarn globes and lampshade are easy to make and, best of all, inexpensive!

Material required:

1. Cotton yarn or hemp cord
2. Basic school glue
3. Bouncy ball 
4. Hanging light device and bulb

If you’re making a nice big lampshade, there are two things that you need to bear in mind: you need a large opening at the bottom so that you can get your hand in to screw the light bulb, and you need a small opening at the top for the cord to fit through. To make this easier for yourself, draw a guide line across the bottom of the ball, and a small circle on the top of the ball. Since you’ll be deflating the ball later, try to keep that hole at the bottom so that it’s easy to find.

You aren’t using the glue as is, you need to make a mixture of equal parts glue to water. Just get yourself a nice big tub and then mix it all together. Next, take the whole ball of yarn and dunk it in the glue mixture – turn it around a bit to make sure that everything gets covered.

Now for the fun part.  Simply take the strand of yarn and start wrapping it around the ball – go in different directions, and make sure to keep the two holes unwrapped. Once you reach the end of the yarn, just tuck that last piece in somewhere. You can take the rest of the glue and pour it all over the ball for some extra firmness. Now you can balance the unwrapped part on a bowl, and then leave it there to dry – this will take two full days.

Finally, it’s time to deflate the ball! If you don’t really care about reusing it, you can simply cut a hole with scissors, otherwise, if you want to make a few more of these, deflate it properly. You’ll see that you can just pull it right out when deflated.

Now for the lamp part. Slip that through the top hole of the globe and then screw in your light bulb – an LED bulb is the best option because it won’t burn the globe. Then you just need to plug it in and hang it where you want it! The shadows that it casts on the walls looks absolutely amazing.

- Mitali Chhabra

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