DIY Rattan Inspired Light Fixture

4 Materials
$40
3 Days
Medium

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.


Material

  • twine
  • school glue
  • corn-starch
  • 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 💕

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  • Ann Dougherty Ann Dougherty on May 11, 2022

    This is beautiful, it would look great in a beach or lake house!

  • Leslie Leslie on May 24, 2022

    How to prevent pieces of ballon from sticking to inside ?

  • Jax Jax on May 25, 2022

    Hi Bianca.This is lovely .I just want to ask how do you fit the light kit to the shade ?is there something in the top of the shade to fit it to ?thank you,Jax.

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