AT Email: DIY Big, Beautiful Paper Globe Chandelier - 2.26.08

AT Email: DIY Big, Beautiful Paper Globe Chandelier - 2.26.08

Maxwell Ryan
Feb 26, 2008

February 26, 2008


If you have an idle half day at home, want to primp up your lighting situation and also create a really dramatic event in any room, this is for you. I did this in Ursula's room on Saturday inspired by this lighting idea I saw a year ago at Anthropologie. It's just a group of Chinese paper globes strung from a single point, with a globe light bulb hiding in their midst.


INSTALLING THE DIMMER - Dimmers are better, so I took out the old switch and put this new Lutron dimmer in. Of course, I turned the power off at the fuse box.

THE STAGING AREA WITH ELF HELPER - I had all the balls already assembled from the previous week, but I spread them out in the living room to tie strings through their top loop.

BEFORE ELECTRICITY, ALMOST DONE - Using red and white butcher twine for effect, I strung pairs of similar globes from single strands, raising and lowering them until I got them to fall the way I wanted. Since I'm just hiding a bare light bulb in the middle, I tried to made a center cavity and get them to surround it as much as possible.

With the globes in place, stringing in the light bulb is easy. I used an IKEA plug and socket item that they sell cheaply for all of their pendant lamps kits. Instead of using a regular light bulb, I used a large 100w globe bulb. This looks like the white balls, doesn't glare and has the added benefit of not getting too hot.

Plugging it into the wall socket that is connected to the dimmer switch and VOILA! I am done. Now the room feels totally different and has a lovely glow when the "chandelier" is on low. And the grand total? About $90 for 6 globes, IKEA light unit and dimmer.

Try it yourself!

Best, Maxwell


>> Paper Globes from Pearl River

>> IKEA HEMMA light and plug kit

>> Red and White Butcher Twine from Kiosk

>> 100w Globe Bulb


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