How To Make A Bubble Yarn Lampshade

How To Make A Bubble Yarn Lampshade

Cambria Bold
Feb 10, 2010

When we first saw the Whirl-It Lampshade, we immediately imagined it hanging over our dining room table. It's like something you'd see priced for quite a lot of money in a design shop, and yet this version is homemade. And it's really quite simple to make: you basically just need a balloon, cotton yarn, and wallpaper glue.

We saw this over at the blog Pickles, and she was kind enough to allow us to share part of her How-To here:

What You Need

One big, round balloon and balloon pump
2 balls of yarn, preferably cotton or acrylic (Pickles used this)
Water resistant marker
Wallpaper glue
An old box in which to mix the glue and the yarn, and a stick for stirring
Something to hang the lamp by, such as the Hemma cord set from IKEA
Paper cloth
Wire with lightening bulb


1. Gather all the materials.
2. Put the yarn into the glue and mix properly. Work the glue into the yarn without unveiling the ball. Fill the balloon to a desirable size. Rub it in with a thin layer of vaseline.
3. Get your hanging device, and mark a circle at the top of the balloon that's 1 -2 cm smaller than the hanging device.

(Images: Pickles, used with permission.)

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