How To: Make Hemp Pendant Lamps

How To: Make Hemp Pendant Lamps

Sarah Rae Smith
May 21, 2009

We've made a few of these string pendant lamps over the last few months, but we've had a few technical difficulties with the process. They were a bit messier and more fragile than we had expected and we've since been on the lookout for a way to make it a more stream lined process. Our friends over at Crafty Nest seem to have done all the dirty work for us and have utilized hemp and a playground ball with smashing results! See the end result after the jump...

When we first saw the idea for the String Pendant Lamps in Readymade a few months back, we couldn't get to the craft store fast enough (hey we're a cheap date what can we say!). But upon returning home, the process seemed to take a ridiculous amount of time and we had several problems along the way.

The string slipped off the balloon and didn't have enough grip to hold onto itself as we wrapped more and more around. The Stiffy product used, dripped all over our bathroom floor (we placed it over our shower from a hanger to dry) and was difficult to saturate the string once it was already on the balloon. All in all, we were excited that we made a neat new thing, but disgruntled about the details of process.

Enters Crafty Nest and their tutorial for the same idea, but with products and a method that appear far more durable and easy to use. Instead of a balloon a play ball is used, and instead of thin embroidery string, stronger hemp is used. You'll get your hands dirty along the way, but it seems like a much easier process from start to finish!

Check out all the details, including some fabulous photos taking during the process over at Crafty Nest.

(Images: Crafty Nest)

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