DIY – Balloon lamp

I got a lot of questions about where I had bought the balloon lamp in the kids’s room in previous post. I made it myself from an old yogurt jar and a rice lamp from IKEA. I like this thing with crafts and reuse. If there are more like minded souls out there who also would like to have lamp like this then here comes “step by step” of how I made it. There are lots of different variations you can make. Just search for “Diy balloon lamp” and let the inspiration flow!

This is what you need to make a balloon lamp:

  • Rise lamp
  • Glue gun
  • Scissor
  • Cord
  • Universal glue
  • Yoghurt jar

Decoration (ladder and fabric bags)

  • Glue gun
  • Barbecue sticks
  • Cord
  • Fabric (tiny pieces)

Cut off the top edge of the jar.

Glue the bottom with universal glue.

Attach the cord to the center of the bottom of the jar and start cover the bottom. The idea is that the entire jar should be covered with cord so it looks like a basket in the end.

Continue up on the sides.

Now the basket is ready. Let dry for a while.

Now we will make the balloon. Fold up the rice lamp and cut the cord to 8 equal lengths. Mine was about 120 cm long each. The length of the cords depends on how many knots you would like and how far down you want the basket to hang under the balloon.

Attach the cords in pairs opposite each other at the top of the balloon with the glue gun. I glued on the inside of the balloon and folded the cords over the edge to hide the ends.

Time to make knots! It’s esier to work if you have the lamp hanging so you can see how everything falls and so that the knots end up at the same height.

Divide the “cord pairs” and tie them with the neighbor at desired length. I made the first knot about 13 cm down. NOTE! Do not tighten the knots too hard at first. They may need to be adjusted lengthwise to get all the knots at the same height around the balloon. In the end when everything feels good you can tighten all the knots.

Tie the cords together with the neighbors again. This I attached a little further down, about 23 cm down. Continue with “knot row” number 3.

Now I’m starting to feel satisfied. If you want you can make one more row with knots. Now it’s time to attach the basket to the balloon.

Now it’s also good to have it hanging at the beginning and near a power outlet as we need to use the glue gun again. Measure how long you would like the cords to be underneath, mark up and cut.

Attach the ends to the inside of the basket with glue gun.

Now the ballon is ready to be decorated! I want to make a small ladder and have small bags hanging on the sides.

To make the ladder, I used the same type of cord as before and some barbecue sticks that I cut to smaller pieces and pasted on with the glue gun.

Glue the ladder to the inside of the basket with the glue gun. I also made small bags to hang on the sides on the basket, using fabric left overs that I folded together and knotted with cord. These too were attached with help of the glue gun. (Glue gun is life!)

And now it’s finished! Didn’t it turn out nice? :)

If you would like to make your own lamp using this description please feel free to send me pics on mail or on Instagram of the final result. I’d love to see your balloon lamps! Good luck!

Tuesday June 9th, 2020