Pop The Balls...

If lately you're having an urge for all things natural-looking, then you're stopping at the right spot. I'm in that place too, and being a cheapo-hunter at heart, i stumbled over this step by step tutorial that our friends at Crafty Nest. presented us a while back.



Image Courtesy of Crafty Nest

Yup, that's right .. I'm talking about hemp pendant lamps.. don't they look cute and all??? And the texture they have, and all those earth tones they bring in your place... oh so dreamy...
And as the crafty nesters are pros' already, they did the dirty job of finding the best ways to achieve this beautiful result, so we can skip the no-no's parts and get it right from the beginning.

Here's the supplies and tools you need:

# large bouncy balls of various sizes
# clear drying craft glue (such as Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue) 1 bottle per ball approx.
# hemp string 20lb. weight
estimated amounts needed:
16 inch diameter ball—400 yards
14 inch diameter ball—300 yards
9 inch diameter ball—100 yards
# plastic gloves (optional)
# trash bag or small drop cloth
# permanent marker
# ball deflator or something sharp to pop the ball
# light fixture and hardware

Bottom line the steps cut to this:

1. run the hemp string through the glue



2. then glue and wrap(over and over)



3. let the glue dry completely(2 days or so)
4. pop the ball





5. add the light fixture of your choice through the new shades



Pictures Courtesy of Crafty Nest

If some of you guys look for more specifics on how to make these hemp pendant lamps, go over to Crafty Nest and see the great job they're doing there!

I for one, I'm thinking of making this project asap. What do you guys think??
Oh it looks so easy-peasy when you just look at the images.. but i bet I'm gonna need tons of ice tea and a lot of brain cells to sacrifice for this project:)

Happy Monday Everyone!!!

21 comments:

Amy said...

I say go for it. Those would look neat in my bedroom. Now to find the time to do it.

Jennifer said...

Are the the coolest looking lights or what?! Might have to make me one of these. =)

MaryRC said...

wow, i need to make some of these, so so cool!

so are those yours? did you do them or they links. im digging those!

Evy said...

This is such a great idea! The balls look amazing once they turn into lights.

I think they will look great on your balcony.

Kim said...

Oh my! Thank you for sharing those are GREAT and yes would look perfect on your balcony! I am trying to figure out where in my house to hang some!

Hope you are enjoying your day!

Amy said...

Wow, those are beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration. Also, thank you for stopping by my blog and wishing my wonderful husband a happy birthday. That was incredibly sweet of you. I can't wait to see the results on your balcony. I can just imagine what it would look like at twilight. Good luck with it.

{Katie Lane} said...

Those look so cool!

Rebecca Welch said...

I bet mine would not look that good!
Happy Monday!

Tricia McWhorter said...

These are very cool.

Becky said...

Oh my gosh, I love this idea! My teenage daughter would love this for her room, and you are right, it would be so cute on like a balcony or porch! I love the look!

This will be fun, and take be back to the days of paper mache'!

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oh those balls are so neat!!

Jessica said...

What a great idea!

Jane In The Jungle said...

OK I really like those!!
Balcony...... OH YEAH!!

Lilly said...

Oh these are so great!

Mel said...

I really think I could do that...but then again I always think I can get crafty and end up with my hand hot glued to my hair!

So cool!

Just Another Hofeling said...

I've done those before. Lots of fun.
You've been tagged for a post!

MaRiN said...

These are seriously so cool! Way too creative for me.

Jessica said...

I tagged you!

Evy said...

Wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for an award on my blog, because I love yours! Hope you enjoy!

Katie said...

Wow...thats a really interesting idea!

~Jamie said...

oh snap! I want to make these! They are awesome!