Beautiful lamp shade

Sunday, July 26, 2009

You can make this beautiful lamp shade with almost no effort at all, in variety of sizes and colors. Yo can decorate it with pearls, sea shells ... it's up to your imagination!

Materials and accessories:

• rope
• balloon
• wood glue
• scissors
• felt pen, needle


Inflate the balloon and tie the it. On its size depends how big the shade will be.
Mark a circle with felt pen. You'll avoid that circle when wrapping the rope, because this is where you'll put the electrical wiring and a bulb.

Apply the glue all over balloon. It's a bit messy, but use your fingers for best results. Wrap the rope in all directions around the balloon, and put on more glue with every new layer.

When you are satisfied with the density, leave it to dry overnight. In the end that all should look something like this ...

Use a needle to prick the balloon and pull it out. Now is only left to pull through the installation of your new blinds and enjoy the light which will reward you for your efforts.

Tips & Tricks

• If you decide to use thinner rope, you can use a needle to apply glass pearls or shells
• Dry rope can be acrylic paint and spray paint in any color

4 lovley comments:

rope lights October 23, 2011 at 12:03 PM  

Rope lights are a special type of lighting system used for decorative lighting. They are used in commercial, residential and industrial environments. They have both indoor and outdoor applications. These lights have a special role in accentuating the important features within your building during social occasions such as parties, wedding receptions and formal or corporate events.

Maddi,  October 23, 2011 at 12:03 PM  

i tried making this, but when i popped the balloon, the rope was stuck to it, and as the balloon deflated, it sucked in the structure of the rope. =(

Tammy,  October 23, 2011 at 12:03 PM  

Try to apple glue all over the rope, not on balloon.

Heidi January 17, 2012 at 4:12 PM  

This is SO fun! I love the way your shades look hanging all together! Thanks for sharing & linking to Craft Monkey'n Monday!