DIY Rattan Inspired Light Fixture
For some time now, I’ve been really fixated on the wicker weave light fixtures and pendants. They are so beautiful and the exact natural look I was going for in my hallway. The prices for some that I came across were more than astronomical ! If I had the money idk if I’d still drop 600$ on one . Other places had cheaper ones, but I eventually decided to just try making one using twine !!It came out beautiful so I wanted to share how I achieved the look for less .
You only need a few basic materials with the exception of the light kit to make a Rattan inspired light fixture.
- school glue
- light/ cord set kit
- 36 inch large balloon
I decide to go with making a round pendant over a long bell pendant .
Step 1: inflate your balloon to your decided pendant size ! Set it aside while you make your paste.
Step 2: Make your paste using the Elmer’s glue , water and Corn-Starch . To keep the consistency not to watery or thick do a 1:1 ratio of water and school glue and add a few tbs cornstarch .
Once you are finished mixing your paste you can start the fun part!
I used your basic twine purchased from Walmart .
Step 3: start dipping your twine into the paste mix and wrapping your balloon with it
✨For an easier way to control the balloon and collection of runny glue, place a large bowl underneath as you manipulate the twine around it!
✨The key with the twine is to unravel In parts. Whatever you do , Do not cut your twine ! Unravel little by little and dip it into the paste mix . When you’ve dipped it , start wrapping your balloon. There is no perfect way to wrap it unless you want to achieve a certain pattern . I wanted to make a sphere so I just wrapped in different directions until a good portion of the balloon was covered.
Here is my setup. I have my bowl underneath my balloon and my twine is covering a good portion of my balloon.
⭐️After you have finished covering the balloon with the twine , let it sit for at least two days to dry.
Step 4: Deflate and remove the balloon. If your balloon didn’t easily deflate , just poke a hole through it and the latex should start separating easily .
Your orb/ sphere light fixture should look like this!
⭐️Because you worked with glue , there will be excess glue around the twine . Use an old toothbrush to brush it away .
Step 5: Cut out a hole at the top to make room for the light kit . I went ahead and cut a larger hole at the bottom to make my light fixture open, but still remain spherical .
Step 6: Install your light kit , put in a bulb and place your pendant over it ! I purchased my light kit from IKEA .
⭐️Important things to note :
-Please read the instructions on the installation of your light kit.
-Buy the appropriate bulb with the correct wattage to fit your light kit
-Place your light fixture appropriately around the bulb . Your lift kit should tell you how far apart your light fixture should sit from the bulb for safety reasons
Thank you for following along ! Here is the finished product 💕